Toronto, Ont., August 17, 2005 – The City of Greater Sudbury was honoured today with the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award for its creative web portal that goes beyond providing standard e-government services.
The award was presented as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario concluded its annual AMO Conference in Toronto.

“The P.J. Marshall Award recognizes municipal governments who demonstrate excellence in using innovative approaches to serving their communities,” said Roger Anderson, President of AMO.  “Sudbury’s website stands out for the unique way in which it uses web technology to build a sense of community and support a range of social services.”

The website, www.mysudbury.ca, includes two solutions for service organizations. The first is a volunteer database, which collects and organizes local volunteer opportunities for easy access. The second is the community workspaces area, which provides agencies with tools such as do-it-yourself web marketing, fundraising and document sharing. Community workspaces hosts discussion forums, creates event calendars, posts job openings and collects online donations. To date, 65 community groups use workspaces, ranging from parent-teacher councils to soccer teams and cottagers’ associations.

The award was accepted by Sudbury Mayor David Courtemanche. The P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities that are judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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