Community gathers to share ideas and excitement for 2017 celebrations

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Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson joined Councillors Rainer Bloess and Katherine Hobbs, Co-chairs of the Ottawa 2017 Task Force, at City Hall today to host the Ottawa 2017 Ideas Forum. Residents, businesses, and community leaders gathered to propose ideas and to discuss how they could support the celebrations planned for the Sesquicentennial celebrations in just three years’ time.

“Canada’s 150th is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Ottawa to showcase the city’s strengths and support the local economy,” said Mayor Watson. “We expect to see a 20%increase in the number of visitors we host during the year-long sesquicentennial celebrations, which will be great for our tourism industry and our global reputation.”

The ideas raised by the community will help inform the 2017 Task Force’s work plan for the months ahead. The Task Force has established the four pillars of events, community engagement, legacy projects, and marketing initiatives to guide the planning efforts.

Mayor Watson also announced he will be launching a 150 World Record Challenge later this summer. The 150 World Record Challenge will call on schools, community organizations, businesses and individuals to help Ottawa set 150 new world records by the end of 2017.

“This ambitious challenge will certainly get the world’s attention,” noted Councillor Bloess. “It will project a vibrant, dynamic and fun image of our city leading up to the 2017celebrations.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for residents of all ages,” said Councillor Hobbs. “I can’t wait to see what unique recordchallenges residents come up with and I can’t wait to take part.”

Residents are welcome to share their ideas on the Ottawa 2017 website or by sharing their ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #Ottawa2017, posting on the City’s Facebook page, or at the 2017 Ideas Box located next to the Information Desk in City Hall.

For more information, visit: ottawa2017.ca