Local NDP candidates discuss technology sector

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[Image: Railtown Coffee, Katrine Conroy (third from left) and Brittny Anderson (second from right)]

While BC Premier John Horgan didn't make it to Nelson on Saturday, another pair of NDP candidates were still ready for a chat with the local tech sector.

A discussion was held at Railtown Coffee with Nelson-Creston candidate Brittny Anderson and Kootenay West’s Katrine Conroy on October 3rd.

One take-away from the physically-distanced discussion was about “scaling-up” the region.

Anderson explains that in the tech-world when you talk about growing a company you call it “scaling-up”.

When one speaker started talking about how to grow a product across the region, Anderson and others began brainstorming ideas like bringing the East and West Kootenays together in a stronger way as well as helping businesses grow, supporting innovation and making new and bigger connections to lift all parties upwards.

The conversation also touched on the importance of keeping technology students in the area as well as speaking to a number of local projects.

One example is SMRT1 Technologies’ new smart vending-machines; one machine is even set-up at the Nelson Innovation Centre just next door.

Stay tuned to The EZ Rock Newsroom for more on that project in the following days.

The Premier’s attendance is said to have been cancelled due to weather in Revelstoke that halted his travels.

Anderson says she was excited for him to see Nelson’s amazing community, adding he could have gotten a lot out of Saturday’s conversations regarding the rural tech-industry and local innovation.

Both Anderson and Conroy toured the Nelson Innovation Centre after coffee, with another meeting with the local craft industry next on their agenda.