Ottawa is experiencing a growth rate faster than Ontario's, as well as Canada's as a whole. It is an ongoing migration that makes our city more vibrant and prosperous, but also enhances existing urban challenges - transit and traffic congestion, road maintenance, greenhouse gas emissions, petty theft and safety, and so on. We face a fundamental question - how can these challenges be meaningfully addressed in the face of unrelenting growth? It would be trite to remark that technology must be part of the answer. In many ways, it already is. Traffic lights are a “smart” solution from an earlier era. Tomorrow’s solutions, however, must be smarter still. They must focus on the provision of technologically-aided services to residents in innovative, reliable, inclusive and sustainable ways, and cover everything from library information to activities in community centres, events around the city, infraction payments, air quality advisory capabilities, accident alert systems, water leak detection, energy utilization trends, transit, and much more. There are no limits to the improvements the implementation of a "smart city" strategy could deliver. In addition, with the high level of smart technology adoption among millennials and the "i" generation, it is clear tomorrow's global talent will seek out smart, livable cities. Ottawa's population growth, and its ability to deploy innovative solutions to urban concerns, will become increasingly key to our continued prosperity, and so it is that we cannot afford inaction. This is why I am proposing a smart city pilot project for our city - let's see what works for us; let's see how residents would like their city to function today, and tomorrow.