Six firms will relocate and bring 60 jobs to downtown Vancouver office building
by DIwpBacon on April 18, 2014
The Esther Short Building, which was purchased in March from the City of Vancouver by West Park Partners, LLC, will become the new home for five local professional firms and a community foundation. When renovations are complete in late August 2014, the downtown Vancouver Class A office building, located at 610 Esther St., will be 100 percent occupied by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Davidson and Associates Insurance Agency, First Pacific Associates, LSW Architects, Robertson Engineering and White Stone Development.
Extensive remodeling of interior spaces and the building’s exterior are currently underway. The main entrance of the building will move to the northeast corner of the building across from Esther Short Park. Enhanced landscaping including a water feature and additional parking will be added to the site. The 33,300 square foot building will include an 875 square foot community room with seating capacity for 60 people and an adjacent, partially covered patio.
The building will be owned by West Park Partners LLC. Members of the partnership are David Copenhaver, Kevin DeFord and Mark Ickert of White Stone Development; Bruce Davidson of Davidson & Associates Insurance Agency; Todd Stryker of First Pacific Associates; and Ralph Willson and Casey Wyckoff of LSW Architects.
Nominations sought for second annual “Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts”
Posted April 18th, 2014
A sculpture by the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Austin Barton, photo courtesy of Kelly’s Gallery.
Artists must have been recognized for their work locally, nationally, and/or internationally; and have demonstrated a personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Clark County. The recipient of this award in 2013 was Austin Barton
, a bronze sculpture artist. To view selected items of Barton’s work, click here.
The selection committee will be comprised of current board members of the Clark County Arts Commission. Deadline is August 29. Email requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the nominee’s name, address, phone number as well as email/ web URL. For more information about the commission and the nomination process, visit www.clarkcountyartscommision.org.
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington presents fourth anniversary grant to nConnect
Posted April 18th, 2014
Participants in a Speed Networking event, photo courtesy of CFNW.
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington will present the fourth of six $30,000 anniversary grants to nConnect today, Apr. 18, during a Speed Networking event hosted by nConnect at Skyview High School. These funds will allow nConnect to expand its programming in middle schools that serve neighborhoods with high rates of poverty in the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts.
The Speed Networking event represents the Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) that will be funded through the Community Foundation grant during the 2014-2015 school year. These networking events provide students with opportunities to explore a variety of career options by participating in short, informational interviews with STEM professionals. During speed networking, a business person provides students with a glimpse of what their career is like, the necessary training and workplace requirements, as well as a number of fun facts.
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is supporting this program as part of its ongoing focus to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty in southwest Washington. The organization’s six $30,000 anniversary grants are also commemorating the Foundation’s 30th year of operation in southwest Washington. They will each address the growing issue of intergenerational poverty in different ways by supporting a range of nonprofit projects and programs. For more information about the foundation, visit www.cfsww.org.