Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Kelowna have long known it is an amazing place to live and work. However, it seems that message is now spreading beyond Canada.
The City of Kelowna has been highlighted as one of the 21 smartest cities in the world due to its handling of social, cultural and economic development in the modern, digital world.
The acknowledgement comes from the New York based Intelligent Community Forum. ICF has selected Kelowna, along with 20 other community finalists from countries as diverse as Taiwan, Finland, France, USA and Australia, for its Smart21 Communities of 2018 contest.
Some of the factors under consideration are Kelowna’s innovation, availability of broadband in our community and knowledge workforce development.
“Being named a Smart21 Community is global recognition that the City, its citizens and businesses are all playing a part in moving Kelowna forward as an innovation-based community,” explained Mayor Colin Basran in a release put out by the City of Kelowna. “We look forward to the next phase of the awards program and will use the Smart 21 to continue to market the opportunities that exist in the region for innovators.”
The tech sector has been growing steadily in Kelowna for many years now and it has become a key economic driver in the area. The substantial growth the sector has experienced was seemingly kickstarted by the launch of Club Penguin in 2005, with the company subsequently being purchased by The Walt Disney Company for 350 million dollars in 2007.
The Intelligent Community of the Year will be revealed at ICF’s Global Summit in London, England, in June 2018.
In the meantime, if you’re considering a smart move to Kelowna, please feel free to contact us. We’re experts on the Kelowna real estate market, and we’ll be happy to answer any and all questions that you may have.