Back Issues: May 9, 2017

Tourism drives economic growth to Clark County in 2016

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


A recent report conducted by Dean Runyan Associates for Visit Vancouver USA, shows that visitor spending to Clark County in 2016 exceeded $472 million, a 4.7 percent increase from 2015. The Washington State Travel Impact and Visitor Volume report also reveals that visitors generated $14.3 million in local taxes and supported more than 4,450 travel industry jobs.

These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. Data from U.S. Travel Association, released in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7 to 13, show that travel is a $2.3 trillion industry in the U.S., with $990.3 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S. by domestic and international visitors in 2016.

“The growth we’re seeing at the local level is reflective of Vancouver’s rapidly growing slate of tourism commodities, including new hotels, award-winning breweries and up-and-coming restaurants,” says Kim Bennett, president and CEO of Visit Vancouver USA. “As we enter National Travel and Tourism Week, these numbers help tell the story of the ways in which tourism positively impacts the economy and the millions of people employed in travel-related positions.” For more information on travel’s economic impacts, visit


Camas Plant & Garden Fair this Saturday

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Plant Fair 2016

The 20th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to historic Downtown Camas on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Thousands of visitors come every year to explore the offerings of local nurseries, growers, and garden artists. Customers will find a large assortment of trees, plants, flowers, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, herbs, and more.

The Plant & Garden Fair hosts over 100 vendors and is organized by the Downtown Camas Association (DCA). A new addition this year is the “Birch Street Wine Garden” from noon to 4 p.m. Additional highlights include a free potting station, at least 20 designated vendor experts, live music, kids activities all day and kid zone, and Boy Scouts with wagons to help transport purchases.

The DCA is hosting a raffle prize drawing with plants, trees, flowers, and more, as a fundraiser for the Camas Plant & Garden Fair and scholarships for women. The items will be on display, and tickets can be purchased for $5 or three for $10 at the DCA table on the corner of Fourth and Cedar streets on the day of the event. The winner will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.


Clark PUD recognized as a Diamond Level Public Power Provider

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Clark Public Utilities has earned a Diamond level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service, the highest level of RP3 recognition. David Lynch, assistant director of utility operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power, MI and chair of the association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on May 8, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference.

The designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Clark Public Utilities joins more than 220 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 12 years. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.


Community Foundation seeks stories of philanthropy for annual luncheon June 6

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently launched a community-wide storytelling project titled Giving Out Loud. The project asks local residents to share stories of how philanthropy has impacted their lives and defines philanthropy broadly as “the love of humankind.” It seeks to curate stories that involve everything from traditional volunteerism and charitable donations to community building and personal acts of kindness. Stories from all sides of the charitable equation, whether the person has provided support or received support are welcome.

To accomplish this, the organization is asking businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to find and share stories. Those interested can submit stories for Giving Out Loud by visiting The website also provides inspirational writing prompts and tips for sharing a personal story.

Stories may be submitted at any time, but those submitted by Friday, May 19, will be entered into a contest. As part of this contest, four to six of the most compelling stories will be selected as feature stories. Selected storytellers will also receive a $250 grant award to give to their favorite local nonprofit.

A selection of stories will also be shared at the Community Foundation’s 2017 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 6, at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets to the non-fundraising event are $50 and are available at or by calling 360-694-2550.