Seeking 10 big solutions

What is the single largest issue facing Penticton?

The clock is ticking for volunteers with the Smart Cities Penticton campaign to answer that question on behalf of the community.

The group visited city council Tuesday to unveil its theme moving forward.

The grant contest put on by the federal government will give Penticton the chance at a prize of up to $10M to achieve a local goal or challenge statement.

Campaign leads Keith MacIntyre and Diana Stirling said their challenge statement, or community-wide goal, will revolve around the number 10.

One issue that can be tackled by ten solutions, supported by 5,000 people.

MacIntyre and Stirling went over the results of the group’s initial online survey, which had 1,100 responses in just two weeks.

“Which is in my mind, unheard of, and absolutely fantastic,” MacIntyre said.

Community revitalization was ranked the number one priority, by 30 per cent of respondents. Safety also ranked high, voted for by just under 20 per cent.

The next phase will see the group hit the streets, with a giant 10, to talk to the public and community stakeholders face-to-face about solutions to a big issue in Penticton.

A new web survey will also be going live at smartcitiespenticton.com in the near future to help gather more input as the project narrows its focus.

A challenge statement will have to be finalized by April 24. 


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