A city in British Columbia of Canada, Surrey is a part of the metro area of Vancouver sitting between the Fraser River and the U.S. border. Predominantly an urban sprawl, it's comprised of 6 town centers: Fleetwood, Whalley/City Center, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale and South Surrey. Incorporated in 1879, the land was originally cloaked in dense forests of red cedar and fir trees plus blackberry bushes and cranberry bogs. Its first settlers were into farming, fishing, harvesting oysters and small shop owners. In 1937 Surrey expanded due to the Pattullo Bridge being constructed and it basically became a "bedroom" community of commuters for those who worked in Vancouver and Burnaby. It's estimated that by 2020-2030 Surrey will have more people living within its streets than that of Vancouver, due to its unprecedented growth. It's no wonder that coworking venues have opened in Surrey to cater to its souls who can't be bothered taking transport to the big smoke and for its burgeoning tech savvy youth that attend one of the many universities in the town.
Surrey is one of the largest industrial hubs within British Columbia with a burgeoning high tech scene that has the potential to act as a base for startup companies in niche markets such as clean energy. Canada is being touted as the business world's best-kept secret. Today it's competing on a global stage and is a major destination for commercial investment. The government is empowering new companies by hosting technology industry events featuring some of the world's best innovators and attracting international talent to work on world-changing innovations. The number of skilled foreign workers is skyrocketing and many scaling firms are actively hiring from overseas.
The public and commercial sectors are supporting entrepreneurial communities via connecting them with the best academic institutions and businesses. Coworking venues are but one more space for the creatives to gather en masse in collaborative mode to get their stuff done with a grin on their faces, because they didn't have to jump on a bus or train to get to work.
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