City provided smart office space for community
Smart office space to reduce the commute esp. to downtown, reduce carbon emissions, fuel costs, provide more family time to individuals (at least to tune the tune of around 1.5-2 hours) and an interesting platform for community engagement.
In broad sense, similar to public libraries but evolved to provide easy to use office space for working professionals that could be dynamically reserved for varying amount of time or even on monthly basis for longer amount of time without having to enter any contracts, marginally charged by city and utilized by small business as well as corporate setups not having an office in Mississauga.
It could also be helpful to support and promote startups in the city, by avoiding the time and resources required to be invested in office space for startups.
Also, shall reduce operating cost for business in terms of real estate infrastructure expense which compared to Toronto shall be much lower with this approach, help increase productivity of employees by avoiding the commute as well as the profitability of business by removing a good deal of expense (which shall also help the government get more tax share by increasing profits and reducing expenses).
This also provides a potential to bring in prospective customers from different areas of industry to a common space, which could also be progressively elaborated with a conference centers and hub for entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals as well as fresh graduates and new comers to Canada.
This shall also reduce the amount of traffic on highways and more importantly the amount of people using
GO and other public transit regularly due to associated commute, thus reducing the increasing demand of investments in those areas.
Some private businesses have endeavored in this space (e.g. Regus), but the they are targeting a completely different audience due to profitability mindset, whereas a welfare driven community space approach shall be very valuable for both individual citizens and businesses alike.
On separate note, I believe, creating such value based projects for community shall be much more beneficial for community then to just introduce thousands of sensors and cameras or data collection devices all over the place in the name of "smart city" because end goal of smart cities is to provide citizens with infrastructure that is helpful in improving daily lives rather than investing in data collection for city planning purposes. Statistics Canada, CRA, banks, OHIP, census and insurance providers gather alot of data already as it is, the point is what how is that data being utilized for public welfare projects? We ought to focus on that.