Pursuing economic vitality

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The cities of Camas and Washougal, and the Port of Camas-Washougal, are charging ahead when it comes to establishing the proposed Economic Development Association. The consistent enthusiasm and vigor with which this endeavor is being pursued is good news for the local communities and its current and future residents and businesses, all of which are the intended benefactors.

Also a good sign, the input and opinions these key stakeholders have communicated through a series of public meetings is reflected in the “goals and strategies” outlined as part of the group’s work. Local officials are listening.

Yesterday, the working group made up of elected officials and department heads from all three entities came together to discuss what will likely be the most crucial and pivotal step this year — hiring an economic development director.

The importance of this consultant’s or consulting firm representative’s role in the future of the association, and his or her influence on the path local economic development takes should not be underestimated.

The formation of the association is off to a great start, and with the continued dedication by and collaboration among all entities involved, it has the potential to bring a number of positive impacts to the east Clark County area.