A rural technology centre is coming to Canal Flats.
Columbia Lake Technology Centre wants to bring data centres, greenhouses, trades training, technology training and more to the area.
The company is located at the site of the old saw mill.
The announcement was made Tuesday in the village with Premier John Horgan and Mayor Ute Juras in attendance.
Co-founder Brian Fry says the amount of space and energy at the old site present lots of opportunity.
“The idea is to make it so exciting that people that wouldn’t traditionally think of a rural area as a place to go will come here.” says Fry. “They might have a long history in the technology industry but they actually need a place to go.”
Fry says the amount of access to power in the area is extremely important.
“Electricity is actually a very important part of it and there’s a lot of electricity here because of the former mill so when you’re trying to run data centres, especially the type of processing were talking about, you would need a lot of power.” says Fry. “The next part is the Columbia Basin Trust fibre is in the valley so you’ve got a fibre-optic network that is unparalleled.”
20 people are already working on the site and they hope to have 100 people hired by the end of 2018.
– Brian Fry, Columbia Lake Technology Centre co-founder