B.C. Communities Connected Through Innovation

B.C. Communities Connected Through Innovation

August 9, 2018 Posted by Abby Pollen

Many cities across British Columbia are creating innovative solutions, such as collaborative workspaces, to weave modern business needs into the existing cities and landscapes. The B.C. Government provides funding and support for enhancements in infrastructure to ensure local communities continue to flourish.  Improved transportation networks, connectivity and business facilities contribute to the strong and stable economy that makes British Columbia attractive to investors and internationally recognized for high-quality exports.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will receive $10 million from the provincial government to invest in efficient, modern infrastructure to strengthen the local economy. Planned projects include significant improvements to the local airport, road and drainage works, and water and waste infrastructure. These enhancements will help B.C.’s northern communities maintain a competitive business environment equipped to attract and retain industries across sectors.

In the southern interior of B.C., the Columbia Basin Trust is using underwater fibre optic cable to turn a 36-kilometre stretch of northern Kootenay Lake into a high-speed Internet highway. The surrounding mountains and forests made traditional internet infrastructure difficult and expensive, so the Kaslo infoNet Society proposed the underwater solution. Wireless connections and service speeds can now be scaled to match growing consumer and business needs. The cable connects communities from Balfour to Kaslo and brings faster, more reliable service to local residents, businesses and governments.

Collaborative work spaces are popping up across the province as telecommuting becomes increasingly mainstream and the Co-working BC Society makes it easy to find the right space for businesses of all sizes. Most spaces offer amenities including; fast internet, IT services, front desk services, kitchens (often with free coffee and tea), discounts to prominent events and modern furnished meeting rooms. CoLab has locations in Kelowna and Revelstoke and provides affordable, innovative work environments that encourage the sharing of resources and ideas. It was started by six independent professionals who were tired of the isolation and limitations of home offices and joined forces to create a common workspace. The Network Hub has locations across the lower mainland and Vancouver Island and is so far the only collaborative workspace provider to offer hourly and daily rental rates –others are rented monthly or annually. It also has B.C.’s only ski-in, ski-out co-working space at its Whistler location.

Keep up to date with the ongoing improvements in northern B.C. by following Northern Development – an initiative trust that works with communities, First Nations, local government and businesses and invests in the economic development of central and northern British Columbia. You can also contact an Economic Development Organization in a particular area, or, if you’re looking to export, visit our Export Navigator. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter, or face-to-face at one of the events listed on our events page.


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