Hey, Gen-Xers and Millennials! Tired of impossibly expensive real estate, traffic gridlock, crime, pollution, and stress in the big city?
A rural B.C. group is holding a contest to try to attract young professionals like you to small towns in the province’s Interior. The winner of the “Escape the City” contest wins a four-day stay this summer in Kaslo.
“Small towns in rural B.C. are in big trouble. Many of our towns have a population drain,” says Randy Morse, the communications director for the BC Rural Centre. “It’s really designed to shed light on the fact that the current enormous population imbalance, especially when it comes to younger people in our province, can be somehow addressed.”
To enter, the young creative professional has to create a two-minute video describing why he or she may want to move to Kaslo, and what they can contribute to the community.
“During their stay they’ll be immersed in Kaslo life, visiting the school, meeting local entrepreneurs and business owners, joining a neighbourhood outdoor potluck complete with funky Kootenay-style live music, checking out available real estate, and enjoying a range of activities tailored to their interests,” the news release states.
While in the village, the winner would be expected to tweet, live-blog, Instagram, and do all the other social media things internet-savvy professionals do. While anyone can enter, the group is targeting creative knowledge workers in the 21- to 45-year-old category.
The contest is open until Friday, April 13. You can find out more on their website, https://www.bcruralcentre.org/