Setting a foundation; aiming for success

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It’s been full steam ahead for the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, a partnership between the cities of Camas and Washougal, and the Port of Camas-Washougal that was organized earlier this year.

CWEDA Director Paul Dennis gave a report to the elected leadership of the three entities last night, giving a fast and furious recount of where his efforts have been focused.

The foundation for the organization is being set, which includes bylaws ready for adoption, pursuit of 501(c)(6) status, and building branding and marketing tools.

Based on Dennis’ statements, it is also clear that legitimate contacts with small and medium-sized companies that want to relocate or expand operations in the Camas-Washougal area are being made and developed.

“Leads are being generated, contacts are being made,” said Camas Mayor Scott Higgins. “There are companies that want to locate to the area.”

The ultimate goals? Retain existing businesses in the area, assist current businesses with expansion plans, and attract new businesses to the community.

All of this foundation setting is necessary for the organization to ultimately be successful in its mission. But until real results are seen in the form of new jobs and new businesses locating to the Camas-Washougal area, the organization will continue to receive criticism and scrutiny — as any publicly funded entity should. But the CWEDA is off to a solid start, and eager watchers are looking forward to hearing about its continued progress.