Edmonton, Alberta

Dans la vie d’une communauté, trop d’une bonne chose peut être aussi mauvais que trop peu. La ville d’Edmonton se trouve à proximité de l’un des plus importants gisements pétroliers de la planète, ce qui a créé une base pour la prospérité, mais a également posé des problèmes majeurs à la communauté. Le boom des ressources a gonflé la population tout en créant des pénuries de logements, l’itinérance et une gamme de maux sociaux. Et l’industrie pétrolière est l’une des booms et des bustes. À l’heure où le monde se bat pour un avenir sobre en carbone, il n’offre pas à la communauté le type d’avenir durable que ses dirigeants envisagent.

To create a new economy on top of the oil-driven present, Edmonton has built the infrastructure of the new century and engaged its institutions in translating it into a new source of prosperity. The city’s downtown is richly endowed with optical fiber and offers new facilities connections in 3-4 weeks. The Alberta SuperNet provides public institutions with the high-speed backbone needed for research, telemedicine and cloud services. Extensive wireless throughout public spaces carries more than 50 Gb of data traffic weekly.

Turning Knowledge into Commerce

In a city with five major post-secondary institutions serving 100,000 students, public-private organizations work to turn knowledge into commerce. The TEC Edmonton accelerator has helped young companies raise $160 million in financing, generate $310 million in revenue and employ 1,800 people in the region. Startup Edmonton is now doing the same for early-stage firms. For those outside the digital economy, the public library offers a range of services from education on child-raising to help with employment, medical care, housing and addiction support. Digital literacy training and its vast array of computers and tablets make the library not only a place to find support but a place to connect as well.

Master Plan for a Sustainable Future

The city has created a 10-year master plan, “The Way Ahead,” that embeds intelligence into plans for housing developments, expansion of transit, greater sustainability and better financial planning. Forced by landfill closures to find alternatives, Edmonton now recycles or composts 60% of residential waste and sends another 30% to its new biofuels plant. Its latest mixed-use developments aim to be among the most energy-efficient in North America. For Edmonton, it is not enough to build a beautiful city full of citizens who think like entrepreneurs and neighbors. Edmonton wants to lead North America in GDP growth – no matter what price the world puts on a barrel of oil.

Population: 812,200

Website: www.edmonton.ca

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