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Milton Takes A Fresh Approach To Public Engagement With First Town-Wide Innovation & Future Development Fair

Posted on Wednesday June 27, 2018
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On Tuesday, June 26 Milton hosted an Innovation and Future Development Fair at Town Hall. This kind of large-scale community engagement event is the first-of-its-kind for Milton. The event combined public consultation with an evening of interactive activities, presentations, demonstrations and workshops to highlight some of the innovative initiatives and upcoming studies underway in the Town. 

The event, hosted by Milton’s Planning and Development department, showcased four major studies and featured some of the innovative, smart initiatives happening across the Town and at the Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre.

“Milton is focused on thinking differently about how we approach community engagement,” said Jill Hogan, Director Policy Planning and Urban Design. “We want to create opportunities for innovative, interactive and authentic engagement that truly involves residents at each stage of the planning process in order to create strong, sustainable future development.”

Residents and guests were invited to participate in two interactive workshops, as well as take part in a number of engagement activities throughout the evening to provide their input on future development in Milton.

At the event residents were introduced to some of the smart initiatives and technology that Milton has been integrating into projects, services and facilities in order to improve efficiencies across the Town.

"In addition to showcasing and gathering input on four major planning studies, this event was an opportunity to highlight some of the innovative initiatives happening within Milton through collaborative partnerships and forward-thinking local businesses,” said Andrew Siltala, Director Strategic Initiatives and Economic Development. “The MEV Innovation Centre plays a key role in helping to cultivate and grow this type of innovation within our community.”

The MEV Innovation Centre was on-site at the event with an informative and technology-focused booth that showcased the achievements and new projects being created by current tenants at the Centre. Some of the tenants at the Fair included: RoboGeek - a company that provides training courses and programs for kids that want to learn how to program and interact with robotics, Throwback Entertainment - a Canadian-based gaming company that develops and publishes immersive and interactive video games, and 3Open labs an open innovation lab that helps corporate partners navigate new opportunities with Artificial Intelligence and IoT technologies.

For community members looking for updates on the Milton Education Village, information boards were displayed to help summarize the input that was received at workshops hosted earlier this year. The presentation also demonstrated how this community feedback has been translated into a preliminary plan for the site.

Information about the initiatives and studies presented at this Fair will be made available on Milton’s website. Residents will have the opportunity to review materials from the Fair and provide feedback to planning teams in the coming weeks. Watch www.milton.ca/engage for updates and information on how to get involved in future engagement opportunities.

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