Berwick, Nova Scotia, August 26, 2016 – Fourteen of the Mayors, Wardens, and Chiefs in communities along the Annapolis Valley pledged yesterday to work together to create a “Smart Annapolis Valley,” using broadband services to compete and prosper on a global stage. The meeting was hosted by i-Valley and the Valley Regional Enterprise Network.
At “Creating Prosperity Through Smart Annapolis Valley Communities,” the keynote by Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson was called “inspiring” and “brilliant” by Valley Mayors. Some of the other future steps that were unanimously agreed upon:
- Mission to Stratford: All Mayors eagerly embraced Mayor Mathieson’s invitation to send a Smart Valley a mission to Stratford, to see how that city uses e-medicine, autonomous vehicle testing, smart infrastructure and digital education, to create the “unintended consequences” that come from constant re-invention. The Annapolis Valley delegation will consist of elected officials, EDOs, CAOs and CIOs. At the moment, the mission is being planned for the November time-frame.
- Pledged: All Annapolis Valley communities will work together to become Smart Communities by 2018;
- Petition to Premier McNeil: asking that the Annapolis Valley be the first region in Nova Scotia to be developed as a Smart Region; and
- Speed Test: All communities agree to help engage with residents and businesses to run a CIRA Smart Annapolis Valley “Internet Speed Test”, to give themselves and i-Valley evidence-based information for growth plans and government funding.
More information will come in an upcoming Report called “Unintended Consequences,” on how to apply for provincial and federal funding, and how to use the four unique new tools that have been unveiled for use in the Annapolis Valley.
“i-Valley greatly appreciate the support of our partners, the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, the Municipality of East Hants, and the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce,” said i-Valley Co-Founder Barry Gander. “As a not-for-profit association of community partners and suppliers, i-Valley is dedicated to creating the networks that will ensure the highest quality of life for residents of the Valley.
By way of background on the CIRA heat map, here is a link to a media article.