Winnipeg could be known as “Silicon Valley of the North” if mayoral candidate Brian Bowman is elected.
Bowman on Thursday said he would rename a strip of Adelaide Street to “Innovation Alley,” as that’s where the hub of the city’s innovation and technology community operate from.
“Innovation and technology are the fuel for growth and the new economy. I have direct experience, working with innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Bowman. “The innovation process and our creativity is not limited to any one industry. Winnipeg’s best kept secret is our emerging innovation and technology sectors.”
He would also make Startup Winnipeg the centre of the previously proposed Creative Campus in the Exchange District, building an animated, authentic, creative and connected neighbourhood that will be home to a mix of unique residential, retail, restaurants, offices, studios and creative spaces that engage the public.
Touching on already announced campaign promises, Bowman highlighted he would reduce the small business tax rate, implement an open data policy, make WiFi available on transit buses, and create an innovation committee at city hall.