Smart Waterloo Region - A short history
Once launched, our community, the Region of Waterloo, three cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo and the four Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot and North Dumfries, came together to take part in the Challenge.
Throughout February and March 2018, we engaged our community to select our challenge. We asked our community to select one of three challenge areas: affordable housing, social inclusions or healthy children and youth. These challenge areas were based on extensive community engagement done by the Wellbeing Waterloo Region initiative. Through an online survey, public consultation centres and stakeholder roundtables, we reached out to residents, community and government organizations, the private and tech sectors and post-secondary institutions for feedback.
On June 1, 2018 we found out that we were short-listed, with four other large cities, for the grand prize of $50 million! With this exciting news, the Smart Waterloo Region team continued to work hard throughout the summer, bringing on new team members and partners to plan our Phase 2 application.