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Strategic Initiatives

In August 2017, the CREDC Board of Directors adopted the organization’s new strategic economic development plan that will guide the scope of our work moving forward for the next five years.  The goals and vision of the plan are highlighted below.

Our VISION is for Clark County to be recognized as one of the most inclusive, healthy, and amenity-rich communities in the country. As a result, and with a continued focus on growing a diverse base of community-minded employers, talent (both inside and outside the region) sees greater opportunity here than anywhere else in the country.”

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Goal 1 : Expand the Existing Base

The most efficient way to grow the economic base is to support the existing companies by understanding their barriers to growth and supply chain needs. Staff and partners can then work to remove barriers and tactically recruit companies that support the existing industry base that is grounded in the following industry clusters. 
     -Computer and Electronics
     -Clean Tech
     -Metals and Machinery
     -Life Sciences

Objective 1.1 – Become Industry Experts
Objective 1.2 – Strategically Market Industry Clusters
Objective 1.3 – Build a Startup Ecosystem

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Goal 2 : Support People

To plan for a modern economy, communities must consciously foster a resilient economy that is derived from a diverse industry base and skilled workforce to weather inevitable negative portions of economic cycles.  

Objective 2.1 – Foster Skills Development
Objective 2.2 – Prepare Youth for Economic Opportunity
Objective 2.3 – Launch a Brain Gain Initiative
Objective 2.4 – Promote an Ethical and Socially Just Society through an Intentional Commitment to Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

Goal 3 : Create Place

It is important for each community in Clark County to define and actively grow distinct places unique to their values. 

Objective 3.1 – Each Community Creates a Placemaking Strategy
Objective 3.2 – Embrace Economic Opportunity in our Urban Center
Objective 3.3 – CREDC Tells the Story of Place
Objective 3.4 – Make Employment Areas Desired by Industry Cluster Shovel Ready
Objective 3.5 – Determine all Transportation Needs on a Regional Level Specifically to Support Economic Development  

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Join companies already leading the way to expand internship offerings and other career connected learning opportunities for students in partnership with local school districts. Build your future workforce and help students gain the critical skills they need to thrive.

Discover and embrace your unique qualities. Encourage new development of brew pubs, coffee shops, transit, bike lanes and housing to attract new talent to the area. 

Discover and embrace your unique qualities. Encourage new development of brew pubs, coffee shops, transit, bike lanes and housing to attract new talent to the area. 

Become an “ambassador” for Clark County. Find out why Clark County is a great place for business through the Community Performance Indicator with fast facts and messages to share.



Business Accelerator

Work directly with an experienced business coach and a cohort to address your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to take your business to the next level. This program is focused on developing hands-on practical sessions for new entrepreneurs/innovators that focus on core areas of first-stage businesses

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Lands for Jobs

The Employment Land Study identifies the industrial sites in the county that are ready for development and those in varying states of readiness – an important baseline to inform policymakers and service providers as they seek to respond to challenges to replenishing our inventory of sites for jobs.


Opportunity Zones

The City of Vancouver and the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) have collaborated on an investment prospectus to promote Vancouver’s four Opportunity Zones. Learn how our community, assets, partnerships, existing and upcoming opportunities, and resources make us competitive and an excellent investment choice.

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Vancouver WA 98660

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