Riverview Bancorp, Inc. appoints David Nierenberg to Board of Directors

by DIwpBacon on May 3, 2016


David Nierenberg 2016 Standard Headshot BWRiverview Bancorp, Inc. (Company), the holding company for Riverview Community Bank (Bank), has announced that David Nierenberg, founder and president of Nierenberg Investment Management Company (NIMCO), has been appointed to the Boards of Directors of the Company and the Bank. NIMCO manages The D3 Family Funds, investment partnerships which focus on micro-cap stocks.

Nierenberg currently serves as a director of Rosetta Stone, Kuni Automotive, Inc., and Whitman College. Until recently, he also served on the boards of D3 portfolio companies Electro Scientific Industries and Radisys. He was chairman of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington from 2009 to 2012.

Previously, Neirenberg chaired the Evergreen School District Foundation in Vancouver, led and raised funds for several Evergreen bond and levy campaigns, served on Washington’s Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, and was a director of the Confluence Project. He and his wife, Patricia, have been honored as Philanthropists of the Year by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington and are recipients of the PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation’s Nat Giustina Philanthropy Award.







Vancouver City Council proclaims May Small Business Month

by DIwpBacon on May 3, 2016



Graphic courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

On May 2, Vancouver City Council proclaimed May 2016 Small Business Month. The designation coincides with National Small Business Week on May 1 through 7. Small businesses are core to Vancouver’s economy, making up 95 percent of all businesses in the city. From brew pubs, to restaurants, to retail shops, the City of Vancouver offers assistance to all of its small businesses through its Community and Economic Development Department.

The proclamation expands upon Vancouver’s ongoing commitment to a thriving small business community. In February, Vancouver became the first city in its region to join the Startup in a Day Initiative. This initiative has committed the city to providing resources to allow entrepreneurs to identify and apply for all requirements to launch a business in the city in 24 hours or less.

Throughout the month of May, the City and its partners will host more than 25 training and networking events to celebrate the important contributions that small businesses make to the community. Visit www.vancouverbusinessresource.org/smallbusinessmonth for a full calendar of events.

Clark College hosts annual Celebración de Mi Gente May 6


Clark College invites the community to participate in an evening of free, family-friendly activities that celebrate both Latino culture and the value of literacy. ”Celebración de Mi Gente: El Día del Niño/El Día del Libro” (“Celebration of My People: Day of the Child/Day of the Book”) is an annual event hosted by the college. The free event is this Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

It is always held on or near the Mexican holiday of Día del Niño (April 30), which is also celebrated as Día del Libro by the American Library Association. The festival will feature a bilingual puppet show, bilingual book-reading, dancing, face-painting, bilingual games, crafts, and delicious snacks. Clark College’s mascot, Oswald the Penguin, will be on hand for photos with visiting children.

The event will be held in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark College’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps. Photos from last year’s event are available on Flickr here. Video of past celebrations and an explanation of the puppet show can be viewed on Clark YouTube channel:https://youtu.be/gNxuROUfDdY.


Campaign workshop May 9


The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, “Winning Ways to Run for Office – A Candidate / Campaign Workshop.” The free workshop takes place on Monday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin, Room 226, Vancouver.

A panel of experts will describe what it takes to carry out an effective campaign in Clark County. Speakers will also offer helpful advice regarding political sign regulations, campaign finance, and resources available at the Elections Office. The workshop will be helpful for current and future candidates, for those working on a campaign, as well as anyone who is interested in the topics.

This workshop is not for the purpose of directly or indirectly assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion or opposition to any ballot proposition. The panelists’ comments represent their own opinions; they do not represent the view of the Clark County Auditor’s Office.

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News Briefs

  • Ogden Neighborhood Association and Vancouver Watershed Alliance Partnership awards grants to Innovative Services NW

    Innovative-Services-NWInnovative Services NW has received two $1,500 donations from the Ogden Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Vancouver Watershed Alliance. The grants will be used for for plants, planting materials and bark mulch in Innovative’s new natural playground and therapeutic area. The Vancouver Watershed Alliance offers grants up to $1,500 for community projects that enhance sustainability through volunteer-driven, on-the-ground environmental work or education through local neighborhood associations in the City of Vancouver. The Ogden Neighborhood Association sponsored Innovative for two of these $1,500 grants for the playground project and acted as the pass-through agency for the funds.

  • Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent to be a guest at the White House


    Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb will be a guest of President Barack Obama today, Tuesday, May 3. Webb was invited to the White House Great Educators Event to honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, state teachers of the year and other distinguished educators. Webb is the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year. In Vancouver, Webb has led efforts to increase program choices in grades K-12, expand school-community partnerships that meet the needs of poverty-affected children, and personalize education through the use of one-to-one technology. Since 2010, the four-year on-time graduation rate has risen from 64 percent to more than 80 percent. Vancouver Public Schools enrolls approximately 24,000 students at 37 schools and specialized program sites. Webb first joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006 and was appointed to serve as superintendent in 2008.

  • Workforce Plan open for 30-day public comment now through May 30

    swwdc-artwork_01The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is accepting public comment on its draft Strategic Workforce Plan for 2016-2020. Once finalized, the new plan will guide regional solutions for workforce development. The plan is available for review at www.swwdc.org for 30 days beginning May 2. Businesses, labor organizations, institutions of higher education, primary stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to provide comment on how SWWDC might better create the workforce solutions needed for our regional economy. Comments should be made by emailing info@swwdc.org by 5 p.m. on May 31. SWWDC contributes to regional economic growth by providing investments and resources to improve the skills and education of the workforce in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Learn more at www.swwdc.org.

  • The Camas Plant and Garden Fair May 7

    birch street shotThe 19th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair will return to downtown Camas on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing thousands of visitors to town to explore the offerings of local nurseries, growers, and garden artists. Customers will find a large assortment of plants, garden art and furniture, veggie starts, and more. Additional highlights include food vendors, activities for children, live music, and a raffle. Click here for the full story.

  • Tacos & Taps benefit for the Clark County Food Bank relief May 6

    12963530_1197541093613710_7543246480633787346_nClark County Food Bank will host its unique fundraising event - Tacos & Taps – for the third year in a row on Friday, May 6, at the food bank warehouse. This event brings together 10 of Clark County’s finest chefs and 10 local brewers for an evening of unlimited taco creations, generous beer pours and live music. All food, beverages, and entertainment have been generously donated. Tacos & Taps seeks to increase awareness of hunger and raise funding through Clark County Food Bank’s Hunger Hero program. Hunger Heroes choose to make an automatic, monthly investment to help alleviate hunger in the community. Big Al’s will be donating a “Big Al’s Party Pack” (valued at $150) to everyone who signs up to become a Hunger Hero during the event. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $45 for a VIP Fiesta Pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.

  • WSU Vancouver to graduate 975 at 2016 Commencement May 7

    wsu-unit-social-badge_0WSU Vancouver will graduate 975 students at its 2016 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and graduating senior Shain Wright, president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver, will deliver the commencement address. Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, a covered outdoor venue, is located at 17200 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. For the full story, click here.

  • First Thursday: “Human Rights in History” at CCHM May 5

    Human-Rights-in-History_Web-Square_edited-1Nancy Koppelman, professor of American studies and humanities at Evergreen State College, will present “Human Rights in History” at Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday event this Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Koppelman will discuss common assumptions made about human rights, how and what affects those assumptions, and what challenges the human rights movement faces. This program is in conjunction with the One November Morning exhibition and will take place at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Admission is free thanks to support from Humanities Washington. Doors will open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 360-993-5679, email info@cchmuseum.org or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

  • Dutch Bros.’ Drink One for Dane Day May 6

    DrinkOneforDaneDutch Bros.’ annual Drink One for Dane Day is Friday, May 6. On this day, all Dutch Bros locations will donate proceeds from the day’s sales to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The nonprofit health agency is dedicated to muscular dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and other diseases. Drink One for Dane honors one of the company’s co-founders, Dane Boersma, who died of ALS in 2009. Over the past nine years, Dutch Bros. has joined forces with their communities to donate over $1.7 million to MDA to benefit ALS, research and family services, donating $506,000 just last year. All 262 locations in seven states will donate proceeds from May 6 to support family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who are or have been affected by this disease.

  • Willamette Radio Workshop presents live dramas on PTSD May 4

    img_kemper01Willamette Radio Workshop will perform two live radio dramas examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Directed by Sam A. Mowry, the dramas are episodes from the radio series Gunsmoke and The Shadow. Willamette Radio Workshop reenacts historic radio dramas for live audiences. Each production begins with a live re-creation of a drama, complete with voice actors, sound artists, digital and multimedia components. The performance is free and open to the public at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

  • Clark County Grown Spring Seasonal Social this evening

    1431660287033The public is invited to Clark County Grown’s Spring Seasonal Social from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, at Pioneer Grange, 3803 NE 199th St., Ridgefield. The event topic is “Getting Small Farm Products to Market.” Gorge Grown Executive Director Sarah Sullivan will share local food consumer trends and marketing strategies. Warren Neth will speak about Clark County Grown and the vision for its regional branding and marketing. Additional highights include a raffle, seed swap, produce tasting table, and appetizers featuring local ingredients for purchase. The complete story can be found here.

  • H-RoC’s Cocktails and Conversation topic: politics and the press May 19

    UnknownH-RoC will host its next “Cocktails & Conversation” discussion Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support women leaders. May’s topic is “Politics and the Press; A love/hate relationship,” with speakers: Katie Gillespie, Temple Lentz, and Kathy McDonald. For more information, find original story here.

  • Final community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program May 3

    roses_in_esther_short-9A community forum on the Westside Mobility Strategy program is set for Tuesday, May 3, form 6 to 8 p.m. The Westside Mobility Strategy is a study of the transportation network in Vancouver’s neighborhoods and industrial areas west of I-5. The project objective is to develop improvement strategies to better manage current and future transportation needs for people who walk, bike or drive and for businesses and industries that rely on trucks for moving goods to local, regional and interstate destinations. This third and final forum will be held at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Attendees can learn about the project’s latest findings and draft recommendations. Following a short presentation, display boards will be setup to communicate key elements of the strategy and staff will be available to answer questions. The draft document will be released for public comment following the meeting.

  • Jim Fischer & Friends present Mother’s Day concert May 7

    Honoryourmother-1227x960Jim Fischer’s 13th annual fundraising concert for Friends of the Carpenter will celebrate mothers. The concert, “Honor Your Mother,” is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday May 7, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Vancouver. Friends of the Carpenter is a  a faith-based day shelter in Clark County. Featured guests include the Northwest Harmony Chorus, and more. The cost for this benefit concert is $20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Carpenter Friendship Center; at Beacock Music; and at Second Chance Thrift Store, NE 52nd St., just off St. John’s Rd. Tickets can also be ordered online at: www.honoryourmother.brownpapertickets.com. For information on group rates, call 360- 750-4752.

  • RTC board meets today at 4:30 p.m.

    rtcbanner-p1The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the Sixth Floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at meetings@rtc.wa.gov or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Parks Foundation will distribute over $125,000 at annual luncheon May 10

    12885726_10154048549308826_2487445265420787790_oThe Parks Foundation of Clark County will distribute more than $125,000 in grants to fund parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County at its annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The foundation launched the Community Grant program in 2009. Since that time, it has awarded more than $567,000 in grants. The luncheon, emceed by Jim Mains and Gary Bock, will also feature the formal presentation of the 2016 Florence B. Wager Awards. All are invited to attend the luncheon on May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. Tickets are available online at http://www.parksfoundation.us or by calling the foundation office at 360-487-8370.

  • Annual Walk/Run for the Animals May 7

    4c55cc4f-fd2c-4b81-a938-174c9ecbde06Pet lovers of all athletic abilities are invited to bring their dogs and other amazing animals to the annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes place on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Children under 12 are free. Click here for the full story.