CWEDA approves budget

Association assists new and existing businesses

The Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association board has approved a $200,000 budget for 2015.

It includes $147,600 for staffing (President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Dennis, Marketing Consultant Rene Carroll and other contractors). The annual office lease for Suite 208, in Washougal Town Square, at 1700 Main St., is $16,800.

Office equipment is budgeted at $2,700, and office supplies and utilities are listed for $1,000.

The annual travel budget is $3,400.

Marketing is listed at $10,000, while insurance is expected to cost $1,500.

Services are budgeted at $17,000.

“It’s worth noting that the budget line items are dollars allocated to categories based upon our best guess to CWEDA activities for the coming year,” Dennis said. “Obviously the board can reallocate resources amongst the categories, to take advantage of business opportunities.”

Annual funding for CWEDA programs is from the Port of Camas-Washougal ($100,00), and the cities of Camas and Washougal ($50,000 each).

The CWEDA voting board members are Port Commissioner Mark Lampton, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and Washougal Mayor Sean Guard. Washougal City Councilman Brent Boger voted in Guard’s place, at the Dec. 4 meeting.

The association’s mission is to expand existing businesses and bring new companies and jobs to the east Clark County area.

The next CWEDA board meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m., in the port office meeting room, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact Dennis at 607-9816 or email or view