Technology and Innovation Success Stories

From Broadband to the Smart21 Community List  – Nelson

A unique community engagement strategy has helped the city of Nelson take advantage of broadband connectivity to drive the local economy. The community’s efforts to build a tech-friendly ecosystem helped earn it a spot on the coveted Intelligent Communities Forum Smart21 List in 2017.


Homegrown Innovation: How an industry town in rural B.C. rebuilt its economy based on its roots – Lower Columbia Region

For years, Trail has been recognized as an industry town, home of the Teck Metals smelter, which has operated in Trail for over 100 years producing zinc, lead, silver, gold and many other metal and chemical products. Over the years, a cluster of metallurgy and tech companies has developed in Trail and the surrounding area, and it is now a breeding ground for exciting, cutting-edge companies and thinkers.


Building a tech strategy with local tech players – Revelstoke

When fibre optic Internet came to Revelstoke in 2015, the city wasted no time figuring out how to take full advantage of it by developing a tech strategy, with input from a tech task force made up of local tech players. The result was a host of different spaces, network s and events that have grown a tech-friendly ecosystem that supports tech workers and entrepreneurs.


Make Digital Media Here – Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

Make It Here – Innovate Kelowna” is a brand owned by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and shared with multiple stakeholders to build awareness of the entrepreneurial spirit in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. It was created to attract innovative businesses and the creative class to support a knowledge-based economy in the Central Okanagan region.