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City of Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge, BC Best Large Communities:
Nominee

On October 24, 2017 the City of Maple Ridge launched an innovative interface for the community to interact with key pieces of data that can improve their lives. The City’s Open Government portal provides users with direct access to municipal data sets in usable ways. In many instances people are connected to the information through purpose-built applications. This translates to supporting small business in our community through the Business Finder App. Using GIS technology, users can geo-locate anything from the nearest repair shops to restaurants quickly and easily. Unlike Google, the Business Finder application returns all possible instances of the selected business types in Maple Ridge, reducing competitive advantages gained by additional marketing of more established businesses. In a small community like ours, promoting small business equally with chains and franchises will support our companies to gain greater market share and access new customers to drive sales and profitability.

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