Our cities and urban centers are changing, but not just in regular, expected manner, they are changing significantly, both in what they offer and how they offer their services. This has and will continue to have a profound effect on how people live in cities, who lives in cities and how they interact with municipalities and municipal officials.
Change in our urban centers is underpinned by two key trends, namely:
Both of these are interconnected. Millennials are flocking to metros and cities which means we are witnessing urbanization in this part of the world not seen since the 1920s. Both Millennials and urbanization will change how cities and city officials operate, it will have an impact on planning, economic development and how cities offer services to their citizens. What services are offered will be as critical to this generation as how they are offered. And, if municipalities and municipal officials are prepared and tuned to the needs of the largest cohort in Canadian policies, then it will put further strain on service delivery, accessibility, and financial resources. Cities are struggling to upgrade their ageing infrastructure, integrate offering and improve service due to lack of resources. Urbanization will only make it worse.
But, it is not all doom and gloom, there are solutions available and options out there that can help make cities and municipalities more:
- Improve delivery
- Increase reach
- Offer better service
On November 8-9, 2016 we will host Intelligent Cities Summit in Toronto which will bring together leading municipal and technology professionals to outline challenges cities are facing and discuss how technology can help them overcome those challenges. How they can reduce cost, improve planning and reduce service delivery, engage with citizens, become environment friendly, and help cities become hubs of innovation and economic development.
Click here to register for the summit and confirm your place at the only event of its kind in Canada that brings together pan-Canadian city officials and tech professionals.
P.S: special discounted prices for municipal professionals. Early Bird offers expire September 10 so book now!!!