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Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Launches Learning City

Released Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation's (GSDC) community economic development strategic plan Digging Deeper calls for Sudbury to "become a leader in advanced education, research and innovation": this was the goal when the GSDC launched its " Learning City initiative " on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Cambrian College's eDome.
 
A Learning City promotes and celebrates education at all levels and works cooperatively to organize and mobilize the learning resources necessary for a knowledge-based economy. 
 
Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd, educator, writer, broadcaster and consultant was the keynote speaker for the event.  Murgatroyd  outlined some of the North's unique challenges, including keeping youth in the North, meeting upcoming workforce needs and increasing the adaptability of the workforce and lower than average literacy and bachelor degree rates. These particular challenges are a few reasons why the Learning City Initiative was created.
 
"The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation is pleased to support the Learning City initiative and the cooperative effort required to recognize and position lifelong learning as an economic driver for our community," Vicki Jacobs, second vice chair of the GSDC's board of directors, said. "The GSDC recognizes the important role that education and lifelong learning play in ensuring that the people of Sudbury are able to access economic opportunities and lead satisfying lives."
 
The Learning City Initiative is guides by principles set in place to ensure its success - and, more importantly, the success of its participants. These principles include:
 
. Encourage the building of partnerships and foster the sharing of resources and expertise.
. Recognize that groups exist with unique learning needs and address them so that everyone can participate in lifelong learning.
. Be as accessible as possible - culturally, geographically, financially, etc.
. Economic, cultural and social well-being should be the focus of lifelong learning.
. Projects should be practical, action-oriented, have measurable targets and include evaluation.
. Projects should build on creating a community that is attractive to learners outside our community (provincially, nationally and globally).
. Projects should build learner resilience and adaptability.
. Focus on moving the whole community up - no one should be left behind.
. Clear, frequent, effective communication about the initiative should occur with the people of Greater Sudbury, funders and partners.
. Initiative should be respectful of learners and providers of education.
 
The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and its board and staff are committed to creating a learning city, a city dedicated to advanced research, education and innovation.
 
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Media Contact:
 
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury 705-674-4455 ext. 2539
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