Webinar Series to Inform on How the City Works with Community Partners

Published on: 2021/03/04 - in News

Kingston residents have been invited to attend the inaugural Municipal Innovation Webinar Series to learn how the City is leveraging community partnerships to support our community.

The online series will take place on March 24, 25 and 26 from 12pm–1:30pm each day, with each session discussing how the City and its community partners work to address the economic and social strains resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has been a year of significant challenges for Kingston. The fight against COVID-19 put an enormous strain on the economic and social fabric of our community and has exacerbated some long-standing issues and challenges faced by many residents,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “At the same time, these challenges have inspired collaboration and innovation. We have discovered that, together, we are more resilient and better positioned to find creative solutions to respond to the short- and long-term challenges ahead of us.”

The first session, entitled “Turning our Sights to Recovery: Ensuring we Build Back Better” will be held on Wednesday, March 24 from 12pm-1:30pm. Described in a release, the event will feature “City staff will discuss some of the lessons learned during the pandemic in Kingston, and how we are using creative ideas and a collaborative approach to meet the short- and long-term challenges ahead to ensure we build back better.”

The “Community Investment Learning Session: Exploring Collaborative Partnerships and Proactive Strategies” session takes place on Thursday, March 25 from 12pm-1:30pm. Speakers from across Ontario will share information on cutting-edge community-based social finance solutions in three key areas: housing affordability, homelessness, and food security.

On Friday, March 26 from 12pm-1:30pm, the City will host the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge: Student Showcase. In that session, Kingston post-secondary students pitch creative ideas to improve residents’ quality-of-life and help support recovery from the pandemic.

Residents interested in attending the series can register through Zoom – one registration link can be used to access all sessions.

All three sessions will also be streamed live on the City of Kingston YouTube page .

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