The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s (COEDC) Okanagan Young Professionals Collective (OYP) is pleased to launch new tools to promote the Central Okanagan region to young professionals. The OYP Collective has a mission to attract and retain young professionals to the Central Okanagan. On this mission, the OYP Collective has created a visually rich fact sheet answering some of the most pertinent questions asked by young professionals considering relocation, as well as launched the first of a series of video “Chair Chats” with local young professionals.

The infographic was created in support of the local tech industry’s efforts to recruit skilled workforce to the region. The Okanagan is the third largest and fastest growing tech hub in BC and offers many professional opportunities in addition to an unparalleled lifestyle. The infographic provides a snapshot of the career and lifestyle opportunities in the region and how they compare to other markets in Canada and the United States.

“Young professionals in the Okanagan enjoy growing career opportunities, short commutes, access to great skiing, a booming local food, wine and craft beer scene and many other fun and professional perks, but it is the combination of all these things rather than any one factor that makes living and working in the Okanagan so great. We wanted to create a snapshot that shows why the Okanagan excels as a whole package” Drew Vincent, OYP Collective Officer.

While the infographic was created in response to demand from the technology industry, the OYP Collective and the COEDC believe that it will be useful to any company or organization looking to attract professionals as well as companies seeking to relocate. Companies, community organizations and individuals are urged to share and use the infographic for recruitment or promotional purposes. The infographic can be found on the COEDC website here.

In addition to the infographic, the OYP Collective is releasing a series of rapid-fire Q&A video interviews throughout 2017. Chair Chats will feature real Okanagan young professionals, mentors and community leaders discussing what they love about living and working in the region. The first Chair Chat, featuring Jenna Stasuk, a UBCO student and Accelerate Okanagan’s program coordinator, can be found on the OYP Collective’s Facebook Page. Follow the OYP Collective on Facebook to see future Chair Chats and stay up to date on events and news for young professionals in the Okanagan.

The COEDC is a service of the Regional District of Central Okanagan dedicated to fostering sustainable economic growth in the Central Okanagan by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new investment.