Get involved in helping make Ottawa the place to be in 2017

Get involved in helping make Ottawa the place to be in 2017

Ottawa – Prior to this Sunday’s 2017 Ideas Forum,Mayor Jim Watson joined Councillors Rainer Bloess and Katherine Hobbs, Co-chairs of the Ottawa 2017 Task Force, at City Hall today launched the Ottawa 2017 Ideas Campaign. The City of Ottawa expects to attract 1.75 million more visitors to Ottawa in 2017, about 20 per cent more than the average year.

“This once-in-a-generation celebration belongs to the residents of Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “Through the Ottawa 2017 Ideas Campaign, we hope to harness your community spirit and creativity. We want your ideas on how communities across our great city can get engaged and contribute to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in Ottawa.”

“We decided to launch this initiative during the Rural Expo and Doors Open Ottawa when so many residents come to visit City Hall,” said Councillor Bloess. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to contribute, so that we can make 2017 as great as the Centennial celebrations were 50 years ago.”

“Residents contributions will enhance the work the Task Force has already done to reach out to the business community, local festival organizers and event planners from across the country,” noted Councillor Hobbs. “Together we will ensure Ottawa is the place to be in 2017.”

Residents are welcome to share their ideas and support in person at a special 2017 Ideas Forum this Sunday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers).

They may also do so 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.

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