The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a nonprofit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners, and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack). As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the region in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skilled training.
SRCTec will achieve this objective by focusing on the Region’s significant benefits; specifically, leveraging its relative location to existing infrastructure, such as the Abbotsford International Airport, the West Coast Express, the TransCanada Highway, proximity to the U.S. border, affordable housing for workers, and the abundance of qualified and professional workers in the region. This focus will be used to attract national and international investment from the high-tech sector including information technology, information services, and telecommunications / wireless technology clusters. Today, no such organization exists within the aforementioned region.
SRCTec will accomplish this by acting as a single point of contact for the high-tech industry, providing comprehensive economic, demographic, and community-based information and resources. High technology organizations will find that SRCTec truly understands their business and the advantages of the region. All of these factors lead to ease of promoting the establishment of operational and research facilities in the region.
SRCTec is committed to the technology-led economic and educational development of the region. Recognized as a desired clean industry sector with tremendous growth potential, this concept is strongly supported by several local organizations including Community Futures Development Corporation, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, Stó:lō Nation, the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as key local Provincial MLA’s and Municipal Council representatives of the regional municipalities. SRCTec will strive to deliver on the following policy development priorities during the 2014/2015 calendar years:
- Foster and promote a positive climate for technology businesses and their future investment in the region
- Invest in education, research, and a technically skilled workforce