REGINA, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Registration for the 2012 National Infrastructure Summit, occurring September 10 to 12, 2012 in Regina, has officially opened. With attendance at the 2011 Summit reaching 350 delegates, and with 94% of attendees surveyed stating they will be returning to the 2012 Summit, now is the time to register for the early bird discounted rate.
As planning continues for the 2012 Summit, new and exciting features are being added, including presentations on how municipalities can become "Smart Cities", using real time data which enables decision-makers to resolve issues on a more proactive basis with fewer service disruptions.
Also featured is the Morph My City Challenge, launched earlier this month. Divided into two prizes, the challenge invites teams to submit long-term, step-by-step designs, using an undeveloped Regina green space or canola field (Greenfield Prize) and an existing Regina neighbourhood (2040 Prize), and morphing them into innovative, long-term, sustainable urban neighbourhoods.
"We have received an overwhelming response to the competition, which only recently opened. Over 2500 interested parties from over 75 countries have expressed interest in the competition, which is sure to deliver innovative, global and unique submissions," said City of Regina Councillor and Summit Chair, Mike O'Donnell.
Also featured will be practical approaches in the areas of innovation, citizen engagement, discussions on balancing levels of service with public expectations, and how to finance and create program models that meet infrastructure needs. The 2012 Summit will also offer an Invitational Innovative Showcase, allowing private sector companies to demonstrate innovative products to municipal decision-makers.
"While progress on the infrastructure file has occurred by all orders of government in the last decade, there is much more work that needs to be done. The 2012 Summit offers the opportunity to continue the collaborative efforts required to better prepare municipalities for 21st Century challenges and opportunities," Mayor Pat Fiacco said. "We encourage all infrastructure partners and stakeholders to attend the 2012 National Infrastructure Summit; an opportunity to become involved in creating the change that innovation and growth brings."
For further information, please visit the Summit website at www.nisummit2012.ca.
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