After winning three titles and nominated for a fourth, Kamloops is getting to host the annual Communities In Bloom national symposium and awards in 2015.
Mayor Peter Milobar, who is in Ottawa, said Friday the City submitted a bid that included an offer of providing municipal space for the meetings and sessions the gathering requires.
“It’s a good way to showcase Kamloops in terms of people actually seeing it and experiencing it,” he said of the event that is expected to draw 350 to 400 people.
The symposium usually includes sessions related to plant care and beautification. The Kamloops event will give local talent with green thumbs a chance to pass on tips and tricks of the trade.
“I’m sure we’ll be working with the horticulture department at Thompson Rivers University and the City to give those seminars, flower beds to edible landscapes, all that type of stuff,” he said.
The City’s commitment was similar to what it has offered for other bids, he said.
“When we made the commitment at council, we said we would support it in terms of facilities — that made a big difference in terms of cost control and stability. It was similar to lots of other bids we’ve done, we’d provide meeting space and things like that within City buildings.”
Milobar will be at the awards Saturday night to find out whether Kamloops wins in the international challenge this year. Others in the category include cities in South Korea, England and Canada.