City of Cambridge receives international economic award for partnerships at Grand Innovations

Posted on Tuesday November 05, 2019

City of Cambridge has been awarded a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Grand Innovations Partnership, a project in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at a ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference held in Indiana, USA and recognizes the City’s innovative partnership with Conestoga College.

“We’re thrilled and humbled to be recognized internationally,” explains James Goodram, Director of Economic Development with the City of Cambridge. “Ultimately, the focus of this unique and exciting project is to build dynamic partnerships with Conestoga College, but also the Innovation Hub, the new Cambridge Chamber of Commerce entrepreneur incubator, thehive, and our business community. And this award speaks to the success of these partnerships so far.”

Located on the Grand Innovation campus, Conestoga Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) is home to the college’s one-of-a-kind Centre for Smart Manufacturing and Digital Innovation, where researchers focus on advanced manufacturing, electrical waste recovery and cyber security solutions.

“This prestigious award recognizes the importance of applied research, innovation and collaboration as critical drivers for local economic development,” explains Dr. John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  “We are honoured by this acknowledgement and look forward to building on the strength of this partnership to support industry and community partners as they develop their capacity to embrace the future of work.”

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