Clark County Ports and CREDC present at national Public-Private Partnership Conference

by DIwpBacon on March 5, 2015

Photo courtesy of CREDC.

Representatives from the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and the Ports of Camas-Washougal, Ridgefield, and Vancouver USA attended the 2015 Public-Private Partnerships Conference (P3C) in Dallas, Texas, in February. The annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of development professionals in the country, providing a forum for government and private industry professionals to network and learn about developing and implementing public-private partnership projects.

Representatives from the respective entities had previously attended the conference, but this was the first year that they collaborated to jointly market the region in order to leverage financial resources and expand the presence of Southwest Washington at the three-day event. The group secured three contiguous booth spaces at the exhibit, uniting the entities under the theme “1 Great Region, 3 Great Ports . . . Endless Possibilities.”

The Clark County group also made a joint presentation to a breakout audience of conference attendees, focusing on the strategic advantages of the region and the respective development opportunities at the ports. Presenters are chosen based on the level of interest P3C program organizers believe a project will generate.

Attendees this year included over 900 professionals from the largest firms in the construction, engineering, architecture, legal, and consulting industries, as well as public leaders and development agency officials from the municipal, state, and federal levels of government.



Hello Vancouver! seeks submissions for photo book exploring Vancouver

by DIwpBacon on March 5, 2015


6525_392802790865024_1412267002_nHigh Five Media, producers of Vancouver’s community talk show Hello Vancouver!, seek photography submissions for a high-quality, full-color photo book showcasing local artists exploring this place we call home. The book will combine a narrative essay and photographic images that visually describe Vancouver—the new, the old, the inspiring, the different.

Books will be published in Fall of 2015, for sale and distribution online and throughout the Vancouver metro area. Photographers with a connection to Vancouver are invited to submit photos. Submissions accepted from photographers working in all styles, of all ages, whether amateur or professional.

Subject matter must be Vancouver, Washington. The deadline for entry is April 30. To find out more and see the full call for submissions, visit:

Benefit concert for Go Connect – The Refuge Mar. 15


Go Connect will present its first annual Benefit Concert for The Refuge Program, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 15, at Cascade Park Baptist Church. The organization hopes to raise $40,000 to help as many students as possible during this school year.

The event features local jazz artist Clark Bondy on the saxophone. Bondy and his entourage will perform an eclectic mix of jazz music. This is a great concert for all members of the family. The event admission is free and dessert will be provided. Contributions will be accepted at the concert, or online here.

The Refuge houses otherwise homeless students in host homes while they finish their high school careers. Since its inception two years ago, The Refuge has helped 15 students find and maintain stable housing while pursuing their goals to graduate high school. The organizers respectfully request you RSVP here to help plan for the dessert offering.

Those interested in helping The Refuge serve more homeless students, contact David Bilby at 360-433-5179 or

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver Mar. 6


Andrea Dyroff will be at Gallery 360 with “Downtown Vancouver Alive with Art” for First Friday. Photo courtesy of VDA.

It’s First Friday Art Walk in Vancouver this Friday, Mar. 6, and the Vancouver Downtown Association (VDA) has this month’s Hotsheet ready here. Many of downtown’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and boutiques will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. A few highlights for March include:

Nouspace Gallery inside Angst Gallery: “Welcome to Game Changers: Video Games as Innovation,” an exhibit of influential video games that have changed cultural views and behaviors as well as impacted business, education, health, and communication.
Burnt Bridge Cellars: Abstract art by Clement and Mary Lee, live jazz by North by Northwest, and small plates by Class Cooking.
Gallery 360: “Art of the Camera,” featuring the artwork of photography. Live music by the Anthony Utehs Jazz Trio.
Rand Jewelers: “People I’ve Known or Met” features watercolors by Barbara Van Nostern.

For more information about First Fridays or the VDA, visit

“Reclaim Your Life” presentation series offered at Touchmark at Fairway Village Mar. 19

Vicki Norris

Touchmark at Fairway Village is offering a three-part series led by professional organizer Vicki Norris, who will discuss how organizing “shortcuts” don’t work and why it’s important to invest time in what matters. Norris is president of Restoring Order®. She is widely recognized from her seven years as the professional organizing expert on KATU’s AM Northwest and on HGTV’s Mission: Organization. During the hour-long presentation, Norris will share:

  • How people can use time more effectively to activate their priorities
  • A new perspective on success
  • Five causes of disorganization
  • Four commitments to get organized

The event will be held Thursday, Mar. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Touchmark. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call 360-254-2866. Light refreshments will be served. The series includes two additional presentations: “Reclaim Your Household” on June 18 and “Reclaim Your Health” on Sept. 17.


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News Briefs

  • Craig Walker joins Share’s Board of Directors


    Craig Walker, owner of FlashAlert Newswire, has been elected to Share‘s Board of Directors. Walker has been involved with Share for almost 10 years. Past community involvement has been with the Evergreen School District Foundation, CASA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Cascade Park Civic Association. Walker is also east Clark County’s representative on the PDX Citizen Noise Committee. For more information about Share, visit

  • Oyster mushroom workshop Mar. 7

    UnknownTony McMigas of McMigas Family Farm will present a workshop on producing oyster mushrooms year round at home and in the garden. Oyster mushrooms are one of the easiest to grow and will thrive on a variety of different substrates. Straw, wood, newspaper and coffee grounds can and will support the growth of oyster mushrooms. The class will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 7, at the Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE Seventh Way in Battle Ground. Anyone wishing to start production can purchase starter kits for $20 at the class. (Cash or check preferred.) The event is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Erica Johnson at 360-397-6060 x 5738 or

  • Battle Ground High School students perform at “In the Spotlight” concerts this weekend

    More than 25 Battle Ground High School vocalists will take the stage this weekend for four performances of “In The Spotlight,” a concert featuring multiple solo and group singing acts at Battle Ground High School. The students competed in a classroom project reminiscent of a reality TV singing competition for the chance to perform in the concerts. For the projects, students chose to perform either a solo or in a group and then practiced their choice of songs in front of their peers. 25 were selected to take the stage this weekend. Four performances will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, Friday, Mar. 6, and Saturday Mar. 7; and an additional afternoon performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 7. The concerts will be held in the Lair (cafeteria) at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground. The cost at the door is $5 per person.

  • Chancellor’s Seminar Series Mar. 6

    css-banner-600x214Learn how Washington State University translates research discoveries into products that have an economic impact. WSU Vancouver will present “From Our Hands to Yours: How Research Results in Real Products” on Friday, Mar. 6, as its spring Chancellor’s Seminar Series event. The lecture and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. in Firstenburg Student Commons on campus. Tickets for the event are $25 and include the lecture, lunch and parking. For the full story, click here.

  • Clark County Historical Museum seeks contributors for 2015 Annual Publication

    frontcover_FINALThose with a love of history or specialized knowledge of local history are invited to be a contributor to the Clark County Historical Museum’s 2015 Annual Publication. The museum is looking for articles on locally famous or infamous personalities, businesses, agriculture, exploration, transportation, buildings, churches, local societies, the local impact of historical movements, reminiscences and more. Click here for the full article.

  • Humane Society now enrolling for summer Discover Camps

    teen-girl-looking-at-foster-kitten1The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is now enrolling campers for Discover Camp. For kids entering grades three through six, Discover Camp offers an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers with animals. The week long camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $225 and includes encounters with animals, crafts, games, guest speakers and field trips. To register, visit Click here for the full story.

  • 2015 Parade of Bands registration open

    KGSIJFRHDDQVQHF.20120830055002The Parade of Bands is back again celebrating its 51st anniversary. The parade will be held Saturday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Wild, Wild West” led by Grand Marshal Retired Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas. Registration forms for this year’s parade are available now on the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association’s website: Completed registration forms must be returned to Fire District 6 headquarters, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave., by May 8. Click here for the original article.

  • March Business After Hours hosted by Best Western Battle Ground Mar. 12

    imagesMarch Business After Hours (BAH) is hosted by Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 12. Attendees should bring business cards for the raffle drawing. BAH events are premier networking opportunities, offering Battle Ground Chamber members and guests the chance to meet business professionals representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting. Members and guests attending have an opportunity to exchange business cards and become acquainted with other businesses throughout the community. These events are held at different Chamber member locations throughout the Battle Ground area. Refreshments will be be provided. Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites is located at 419 W. Main St. in Battle Ground

  • Tickets available for Innovative’s “Caring Hearts in Paradise” Mar. 14

    ColleenBocciaTickets are selling quickly, but are still available for Innovative’s Spring Benefit event, Caring Hearts in Paradise, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 14, at the Hilton Vancouver. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Happy Hour.” Guests will enjoy a festive and inspiring Caribbean evening. Colleen Boccia, SVP Marketing & Chief Deposit Officer at Columbia Credit Union will be M.C. for the event’s inspiring program. For the original story, click here.

  • State of the County Address Mar. 12

    downloadFile.sdiCouncilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors, is scheduled to present State of the County remarks on Thursday, Mar. 12, along with Councilors Jeanne E. Stewart and Tom Mielke. The event will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., in the Salmon Creek area. Light refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. The program will start at 4 p.m. They urge those attending to bring non-perishable food, household supplies or financial donations for local food banks. For the full article, click here.

  • Mother’s Day Camas Plant & Garden Fair now accepting vendor applications

    Camas-Plant-and-Garden-Fair-2014-229-e1425082310783The 18th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to the streets of downtown Camas this year on Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day. Customers will find a wide array of plants, trees, garden art, planters, garden furniture, birdhouses, iron works, and a large selection of other locally made and grown products. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications for plant and retail vendors are now being accepted and application forms can be found at Click here for the full story.

  • NACCC holds regular meeting Mar. 9

    imagesThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County (NACCC) will hold a regular meeting Monday, Mar. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. Guest speaker Susan Rasmussen from the Clean Water Commission will provide an update on clean water issues and initatives. Bridget Swarz, president of Fairway Village Neighborhood Association, will share thoughts on emergency communications and response for vulnerable populations. Mitch Canton, from North Salmon Creek, will discuss the Clark County Neighborhood Association’s website. NACCC provides a forum for neighborhood association leaders and members from across the county to share issues of common interest and gain from each other’s experiences. For more information, contact Doug Ballou at 360-573-3314 or; or visit

  • Leadership Clark County information session for Class of 2016 candidates Mar. 11

    leadershipclarkcountyLeadership Clark County’s (LCC’s) next free information session for Class of 2016 candidates is Wednesday, Mar. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Clark Regional Wastewater’s District Office at 8000 NE 52nd Ct. in Vancouver. The session is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the program, ask questions and hear from alumni about their experiences. There is no cost to attend. RSVP by Monday, Mar. 9 to or 360-567-1085. “We’ve had a waiting list in prior years,” said LCC Recruiting Committee Co-Chair Jason Beatty. “It’s a good idea for candidates to apply early.” Applications can be downloaded at and must be submitted by April 30.

  • Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial Mar. 11

    944987 BG vets memorial 944987 bg vets memorial.jpgThe public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW Third Ave. and SW Fourth St. To date, 30 local veterans have been identified as having lost their lives in service. Families and loved ones may also purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with a veteran’s name, branch of service and dates served. For the full story, click here.

  • “Go Green” for First Friday in downtown Camas Mar. 6

    stpatricks2014It’s First Friday in downtown Camas and the community is invited to a very family-friendly evening of shopping, music, dining, games, and prizes this Friday, Mar. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme this month is “Go Green!” Leprechauns will be hidden in participating businesses and those who find them will be entered to win a “Go Green” basket. Click here for the original article.

  • Noche de Familia at WSU Vancouver Mar. 5

    WSU Vancouver invites students and their families to Noche de Familia at 5 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Noche de Familia takes place entirely in Spanish. Latino families are invited to come learn about preparing for college, obtaining financial aid and more. Dinner will be provided. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Free parking is available in Orange 2 lot.  English translation will be provided to those who need it and dinner will be served. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at 360-546-9182 or

  • VSO Chamber Series’ annual Family Concert Mar. 8

    Columbia River Brass QuintetThe VSO Chamber Series will present its annual Family Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 8, at Kiggins TheatreBrass on the Loose is a lighthearted and fun introduction to the brass family of instruments by some of the area’s most renowned brass musicians. Also on the same program is Opera Quest Northwest, a group of five young singers and a pianist will bring a live program called “Opera the Great.” Opera Quest Northwest is a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing the world of opera to school-age children. For the original story, click here.

  • CCHM First Thursday Lecture: The Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics this evening

    Women-in-Clark-County-PoliticsClark County Historical Museum will host the next “First Thursday tonight, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. The event features a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County that will discuss the changes they have seen in Southwest Washington during their careers, and the legacy they leave for future generations. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m. Click here for the full story.