YLW Connection - Winter 2009 - (Page 23)

rowing a creative Okanagan economy | B Y D O R OT H E E B IR K E R - A rt s, Cult ur al Tour ism O f f i c e r Ce n tral Okan ag an E conomic Development C o mmi s si o n A creative economy is critical to a strong quality of life for residents and attracting new business and workers as well as to draw visitors. Creative communities act as magnets for creative and skilled workers and business investment and today’s travelers are looking for unique, well-rounded experiences. The Okanagan Valley is ready to deliver the full package with scenery, nature and business opportunities, but is able to offer so much more with a thriving mid-sized urban centre with high caliber cultural and arts experiences along with the bucolic beauty of the region. Kelowna International Airport also plays a key role in strengthening the overall package: with frequent and convenient flights to the world and the possibility of direct intercontinental flights, Kelowna provides the necessary mobility and connections for the creative business person to make Kelowna home and maintain easy access to other centres, building upon the destination tourism hub that exists in the region. Businesses, organizations and individuals in the arts, agri-tourism, heritage and cultural sectors are working to create partnerships to deliver specialized Circle Tours, to market memorable and unique experiences authentic to the area, and to effectively capture the visitor already coming to the region for friends and family visits or a winery escape. With collaborative planning, foresight and creativity, businesses, individuals and organizations in the Okanagan Valley are growing a thriving creative economy that will provide an economic boom to the whole region, and create an unparalleled quality of life, that will attract visitors, workers and businesses to make the Okanagan their destination of choice. n Graham T. Chambers Thirty years have passed since Graham T. Chambers left Venice with his first art purchase. His love for art and glass, have amazingly all come together. In the Spring of 2007 “The Glass Sculpture Garden” opened on a one acre forested property with a lovely view of the Okanagan Lake and featured nine outdoor glass sculptures, the largest being seven feet tall. This is the newest of thirteen gardens listed in BC and is situated in one of Kelowna’s premiere locations between three world class wineries: Cedar Creek, St. Hubertus, and Summer Hill Winery. Following the success of the Glass Sculpture Garden, Graham opened an art gallery in his name, on 104-1125 Bernard, in Kelowna. Although it is small, it provides an excellent venue to display his paintings and fused glass art pieces. Please visit his gallery on the web at www.grahamtchambers.com A creek in the Falkland Valley, between Vernon and Kamloops on Hwy 97 Cedar Creek Park looking towards Knox Mountain http://www.grahamtchambers.com http://www.grahamtchambers.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of YLW Connection - Winter 2009

YLW Connection - Winter 2009
Airport Services
Customer Survey Shows YLW on Track
Las Vegas - The To-Do List That Never Ends
Winter Maintenance: Snow Removal 24/7
Kelowna's Largest Tim Hortons Lands at YLW
Air Canada - Connecting Kelowna to the World
Air Travel Etiquette
Staying Ahead of the Curve at YLW
Airport Ambassadors Make Dreams Come True
Dream Big
Advisory Committee Helps Chart Flight Plan for Kelowna International
Growing a Creative Okanagan Economy
Pregnancy & Travel
Flying Securely
YLW News
Trivia & Games

YLW Connection - Winter 2009