St. Albert Launches Broad "Smart City" Stakeholder Engagement

As part of the City’s work to develop a Smart City Master Plan for St. Albert, residents and businesses are invited to have their say at upcoming public input sessions and in an online survey launching April 15 on how St. Albert could use technology, data, and innovation to support efficiency and quality of life.

Imagine driving downtown and being able to use an app on your smart phone that could identify available parking. Or another that could measure and track your water usage at different times of the day, month or year. These innovations and many others are often found in Smart Cities.

“Smart Cities are identifiable by their willingness to embrace innovative alternatives. The City of St. Albert is known for its progressive approach, so moving forward with a Smart City Master Plan is a natural step for us. We want to hear what our residents think and how they’d like us to proceed,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse.

Public Input Session Dates:

Douglas Cardinal Boardroom, St. Albert Place
• General Resident Input Session: May 7; 6 – 9 p.m.
• Businesses & Chamber of Commerce Input Session: May 28: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
• Youth / General Resident Input Session: June 16: 6 – 9 p.m.

A resident steering committee was established to develop the Smart City Master Plan for St. Albert. To date, the committee has connected with hundreds of stakeholders, and is excited for this next phase of local stakeholder consultation. Pecha Kucha evening sessions and a Youth Ideas Contest are a few of the many other opportunities residents have to share their thoughts.

Smart Cities can offer many lifestyle benefits for residents, opportunities for economic development and overall efficiencies. They often rely on networks of sensors, cameras, and wireless devices, collecting real-time data, measuring and optimizing performance, sharing results, and reporting issues even before they happen.

Detailed strategies will be identified within the Smart City Master Plan, including prioritized investments, partnerships, targets, benchmarks, and other tactics necessary for the plan’s long term success. The Master Plan will be developed throughout 2015, with consideration of the final recommendations scheduled for presentation to Council in February 2016.

For details about St. Albert’s Smart City Master Plan, the public consultation and other events, visit www.stalbert.ca/smartcity.

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