City has room to improve

Kelowna is doing well when it comes to its economy, but it has plenty of work to do on the social side of life.

Those were the findings of the city’s first economic scorecard, which was compiled and produced by officials from Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, City of Kelowna, Okanagan School of Business and UBCO’s Faculty of Management.

The study compared Kelowna to 16 cities across the world, and it ended up finishing 10th overall once all the data was collected. Kelowna finished sixth among the 12 economic indicators but was 14th in the dozen social categories.

“It shows we’re in the middle of the pack,” chamber executive director Dan Rogers said at a press conference Monday morning. “We have room for improvement, but we’re not at the bottom, either. This is about measuring where we are over time, not just where we are in this particular point in time.”

The chamber plans to conduct another scorecard evaluation in three years to see how the city compares then to what it is now.

“We believe that over time it makes a whole lot of sense to go back to see in 2022 that we’ve actually taken this, absorbed it and made strategic adjustments that will help us create a more prosperous future for all the residents in the city and move up the ladder, so to speak,” Rogers said.

For more on this story and some of the statistics, visit Okanagan Edge.

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