Tech thriving in downtown Vancouver

"Want to see the newest place where the region’s young creatives are choosing to work? Then look no further than downtown Vancouver’s own Main Street.

“There’s no question that Vancouver is the one to watch right now. Businesses are connecting. Alliances are being struck. Art and culture are at the forefront of the kind of change that will drive Southwest Washington ahead,” said Marc Neidlinger, CEO of Blue Blazes, just one of the nearly 40 tech companies bringing new life to the downtown core.

Two years ago, the tech industry was still a fast-growing concept in Vancouver, with a dozen tech businesses downtown. That was enough to qualify as an Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ): a designation based on creating a collaborative environment with a mission to drive more emerging digital technology businesses to the Vancouver area.

Today, much of the vibe being created downtown is being shaped by the millennial workforce, many working at tech companies in the IPZ. These workers are influencing not only the design of their work spaces, but the types of amenities and activities offered outside of their offices – creating the urban feel popular with this generation of workers."