CWEDA can get your new business or business expansion up and running quickly and efficiently. Let them help you find the perfect site to meet your needs and then use their relationships with area agencies to help guide you through permitting and local regulations. They can even aid in identification of and application for business tax incentives to save you money.
Formed in 2011, CWEDA is headed by former Camas Mayor Paul Dennis. Its board is made up of a Port of Camas-Washougal commissioner and its executive director, the mayors of Camas and Washougal and both city administrators. Their mission is to stimulate business development and create jobs by attracting and retaining businesses in Camas and Washougal. This unique partnership with their common economic development goal for the area allows the two communities and Port to work together to meet the needs of any prospective business.
And as your Camas-Washougal business grows and evolves, CWEDA will continue to work with you to help with expansion, business incentives, financing options, and other business operation services.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association.
The Port of Camas-Washougal is an invaluable leader in the economic growth of the area. Honored as the 2012 Port of the Year by the Washington Public Ports Association, the C-W Port was recognized for the dynamic vision of the commissioners, their effective long range planning, and the role of staff to successfully see the work through.
The C-W Port's successful Industrial Park has seen steady growth thanks to proactive efforts to retain tenants, fill vacancies, and recruit new business with an impressive 99 percent occupancy rate with 26 key tenants. This demonstration of excellent business management has helped lead to the creation of the new Steigerwald Commerce Center, located adjacent to the existing industrial land. This new economic magnet for the community is more than 120 acres of undeveloped port-owned land and is the largest contiguous parcel zoned as Heavy Industrial in Clark County. This pad ready property is available to fit the needs of any number of new or growing industries.
In addition to its focus on economic development, the C-W Port also maintains interest in the recreational opportunities of Camas and Washougal with conscientious management of the Grove Airport and the Camas-Washougal Marina.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the Port of Camas-Washougal.
The City of Camas, located in the beautiful, hilly area in eastern Clark County, WA, is home to more than 20,000 residents. It is a vibrant and growing community that welcomes new business and industry with open arms.
Home to a high tech corridor including such corporations as Sharp Microelectronics and Sharp Labs of America, Linear Technology, Wafer Tech, and Underwriters Laboratories, it boosts an educated and skilled workforce. There is plenty of room for existing business to grow and for new business and industry to create a home base here.
The charming Camas downtown area benefits from an active Downtown Camas Association (DCA). They work hard to increase business opportunities, maintain its historic integrity, and make downtown "the place to be." Lovely shops, great dining, and a strong business community bring downtown to life.
Camas city leaders have worked to promote diverse economic growth, the protection of open space, and encourage development of livable, family-oriented neighborhoods. They see the quality of life for all residents as a priority and in doing so have created a truly unique community.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the City of Camas.
The City of Washougal, whose name means "rushing waters", is home to nearly 15,000 residents and sits at the most eastern edge of Clark County, WA. The quaint, small town community lies near the shores of the majestic Columbia River, is crossed by the Washougal River, and stretches up in to the foothills of the Cascades.
The Port Industrial Park is within the City of Washougal and provides many manufacturing jobs and offers a diverse work force. There is plentiful property available to fit nearly any industry or manufacturers' needs and a community eager to welcome them.
Washougal's downtown core is emerging and poised for growth with the beautiful and modern Washougal Town Square and neighboring new office building attracting a variety of tenants. There is a steady stream of new small businesses, services, shopping, and dining with room for more! Washougal residents are proud of their small town feel, yet there is a willingness and excitement for the growth that is happening.
Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Gorge", Washougal's trails, waterfront, rivers, city parks, and rural home settings make this community a special place to live, work, and play. There is a quality of place here that locals have enjoyed for years and newcomers are delighted with. It is an outdoorsmen's paradise with a beauty and energy all its own.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the City of Washougal.
The mission of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington.
A nonprofit organization founded in 2002, SWWDC is the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) for Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties. It has worked with business, economic development, education, government, and community-based organizations to develop and deliver flexible and results-oriented services for employers and residents. It focuses on building and maintaining strong relationships among these partners to leverage resources and expertise and to develop an agile and future-focused workforce system to meet employers' and individual's needs. This foundation enables the SWWDC and its workforce partners to respond to emerging growth areas and address the growing gap between those engaged and disengaged in the workforce.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.
There are Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) all over Washington State, but 2013 marks the first time ever when one has been established in Vancouver-Camas. Different IPZs focus on different industries; the one that has been established in Southwest Washington is concerned with applied digital technology and has been named the Applied Digital Technology Accelerator. Granted by the State Department of Commerce, an IPZ is an important designation that adds weight to requests for state, federal, and foundational grant money for building and maintaining a technological infrastructure and helping to establish and grow tech-based industries in the area.
This IPZ, which will last for four years and is eligible for renewal provided that progress is made toward the stated goals under which the IPZ was granted by the State, covers areas in Vancouver's downtown and waterfront as well as both sides of Southeast 192nd Avenue, which includes Camas.
Some possible grant-funded projects that the IPZ may help become a reality include laying more fiber-optic cable within the area, granting footholds for newly graduated students entering the technology sector to help find jobs, and, of course, providing opportunities for new businesses to establish themselves in a high-tech, highly qualified area that is fertile and ready for growth.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the Vancouver IPZ Business Plan.
CID Bio-science, Inc. was founded in Moscow, ID, and has since moved its headquarters to beautiful Camas, WA.
CID is an industry leader in the designing, manufacturing, and marketing of instruments for agricultural and environmental research which prides itself on creating truly field-ready, portable solutions for plant measurement and analysis.
For nearly 20 years, CID instruments have been used in the field, in laboratories worldwide, and even in the International Space Station for plant physiology research.
According to Leonard Felix, President of CID Bio-science, "The CWEDA understood the value of bringing our 18 employees into downtown. They helped us to acquire and begin renovations on a historic building that will serve as our new headquarters. [CWEDA CEO] Paul Dennis was willing to assist with tasks ranging from contacting the sellers on our behalf to arranging a meeting with the town planners. Paul is who I call when I don't know who to call. I'm certain that I'll continue to rely on CWEDA as our company continues to grow and thrive in Camas."
The area's close proximity to the cities of Vancouver and Portland as well as various recreational areas also make it a perfect location for employees to raise their families in a safe, beautiful, and natural environment.
For more information, please visit the primary website of CID Bio-Science.
Fisher Investments was founded in 1979. Primary offices are in California and Washington, along with a wholly owned subsidiary in London and joint venture affiliate in Germany. CEO and founder Ken Fisher is a self-made billionaire, one of Investment Advisor Magazine's 30 most influential investors, and a financial strategist. Ken Fisher has written Forbes' Portfolio Strategy column since 1984, the third longest in the magazine's history. Ken is ranked a top market forecaster among his peers according to independent 3rd-party CXO Advisory.
Fisher currently handles over $50 billion in investments for over 25,000 private clients and over 100 large institutions.
Fisher Investments opened its first office tower in 2011 on their 200-acre Camas, WA campus that also includes a one-story building for its processing and printing operations. Fisher Investments cites Camas as a great location for employees to live and work for a wide variety of reasons. Employees appreciate proximity to excellent school districts for their children, the area's natural beauty and spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities, and there is no income tax in Washington State. The reasons were clear why Fisher Investments chose Camas.
The City of Camas and CWEDA have provided constant support that's paved the way for the company to develop its site in a timely fashion. Each building has taken less than a year to secure building approval and construct. The positive business environment and partnership with public agencies has led to the company to expand and grow its business as a new five-story building is under construction, and the company is considering further development of the company's Camas complex.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Fisher Investments.
Focus Designs started out as just two guys in a garage in Camas, WA, trying to turn Nimbus unicycles into the Self- Balancing Unicycle Version 1 (SBU V1). From there, the business grew into what it is today — a cutting-edge company still based in Camas with this mission: "To replace every gas-powered unicycle around the world with our clean, electric, self-balanced unicycle."
In addition to making electric unicycles, Focus Designs is branching out into projects in the fields of solar power, aerospace, and light electric vehicles (LEVs) and is specifically seeking partners with experience in those areas.
The CEO and COO of the company have been featured on ABC's "Shark Tank", on various news channels, and even in a video teaching the Discovery Channel's "Mythbuster" Adam Savage how to ride the SBU.
Besides being home, Camas is a prime location for Focus Designs because of the nearby high-tech corridor and opportunities to take on interns from local school districts and colleges.
Local resources and the support of the City of Camas and CWEDA have helped the company branch out and grow into what it is today with a bright future ahead.
What began for John Anderson as a hobby foraging mushrooms in the nearby woods and selling them to local restaurants eventually turned into a full-fledged business venture as Anderson left his job at a nearby mill and started Foods In Season.
Established in 1984 by Anderson and his wife, Wanda, Foods In Season was "founded with a strong philosophy of sustainability, respect for nature and a love for fresh, natural food."
Since the early mushroom-gathering days, Foods In Season has expanded its product line to include freshly caught fish, meats, and a wide variety of locally-sourced produce, all of which they sell nationwide.
According to Anderson, Washougal is the perfect balance for their business and employees. Its location next to a major highway and just minute from Portland International Airport is critical for quick and easy transportation of their fresh products. Employees enjoy having a major city close by, but they can live and raise a family in a small town. Washougal is also located right on the edge of a huge outdoor playground: The Columbia River Gorge, which offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, windsurfing, and many other activities year-round.
The Port of Camas-Washougal and CWEDA were a big help in finding space for Foods In Season to start small and expand over the years as needed. And the Port provided unsurpassed support recently when they offered to build a new building to meet the company's growing needs.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Foods In Season.
Founded in June, 2013, Mill City Brew Wërks (named in honor of Camas' historical heritage as a papermaking community) is a basement microbrewery and gastro pub located in the downtown core of Camas, WA.
The Brew Wërks had humble beginnings in the garage of co-founder Mark Zech as Washougal Brewing Co. LLC, and it expanded to its current location downtown at the urging of both the City of Camas and CWEDA CEO Paul Dennis. Dennis notes that several other microbreweries are also interested in locating breweries and pubs in the Camas-Washougal area, showing that the area is ripe for expansion as the demand for high-quality brews and food grows. According to Zech, "Washougal Brewing Co. LLC still exists and could potentially be part of our 10-year plan to expand."
Mill City Brew Wërks currently employs 32 people, all locals, and caters to local tastes. They provide excellent libations and a gourmet menu in a pleasant, family-friendly environment for the local residents to come, unwind, and enjoy the close-knit, small-town atmosphere.
For more information, please visit the official Facebook page of Mill City Brew Wërks.
Pendleton Woolen Mills began their long association with Washougal, WA in 1909 when the citizens of Washougal purchased the struggling Union Woolen Mills and moved the machinery to a newly constructed building. The Bishop family then purchased the Washougal Woolen Mill in 1912.
When World War I broke out in 1914, the mill devoted most of its production to blankets for the troops. After the war, they expanded their lines to include flannels, cashmere, shawls, and robes. Today the company's products range from Native American-style blankets to an expansive clothing line, both which are made in eight facilities and distributed in over 70 retail stores, catalog, online and wholesale distribution in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
The original plant in Washougal is among the few woolen mills in operation in the United States today. And being in this small, tight-knit community has proven to be advantageous for the company. If Pendleton needs assistance from the local government, city hall is just down the street, and an audience with the Mayor of Washougal or CWEDA is easily arranged.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Established in Vancouver, WA in 1995, Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc. is a full service general contractor that provides retail, office, medical, financial, institutional, and industrial construction services throughout the western United States.
Current and past projects include Vancouver City Hall, Lynnwood Shopping Center, Prestige Plaza Apartments in Vancouver, and a new Safeway store in Portland on Barbur Blvd.
Robertson & Olson moved its headquarters to Camas, WA after extremely positive experiences in working with the city planners while completing several construction projects there. President Matt Olson says, "The definition of success in the Camas-Washougal area is relationships/partnerships. CWEDA has been one of ours, as well as our current and prospective tenants, most valued partners throughout our entire development process in the Camas Meadows area. They provide strong support associated with all facets of development (permitting/land use issues) as well as with tenant recruitment, retention, and growth/expansion (incentives, employee training etc.)."
The natural beauty of the area, the wildlife, and the close proximity to a diverse array of opportunities—mountains, the coast, the Columbia River, National Parks and forests, and the Portland Metro Area (including Portland International Airport)—has proven to be a prime factor for employee satisfaction and in keeping the company situated in Camas for the foreseeable future.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc.
Washougal Town Square, in the heart of historic Washougal, Washington, puts you in the center of everything. It's close to City Hall, the town library, restaurants, and the local post office.
Views from the Square include Mount Hood, the Columbia River, and the Columbia River Gorge. Washougal is at the center of regional outdoor recreation with boating, fishing, bird-watching, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, and water skiing. Nearby, windsurfing, snow skiing, and snowboarding are easily accessible.
A hop skip and a jump to the west, and you will find yourself in the middle of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Portland International Airport offers connections to destinations worldwide. Portland also offers venues for the performing and visual arts, museums, a zoo, and professional sports.
Washougal Town Square also offers a full block mixed-use building with both Class A office and retail/restaurant space for lease. This building houses the headquarters of CWEDA, which is instrumental in aiding businesses seeking space and connecting with Washougal Town Square, the City of Washougal, and the Port of Camas-Washougal.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Washougal Town Square.
The Camas School District (CSD) is recognized both as a leader in state school reform efforts and for its delivery of dynamic instruction in basic skills. A strong history of community support affords approximately 6,000 students outstanding academic, vocational, cultural, and athletic opportunities. A powerful partnership between businesses, parents, and staff provides challenging and enriching learning experiences for all Camas students.
Camas was one of the first districts in the state to implement rigorous graduation requirements, a series of demonstration tasks administered at various stages in students' education. Specific tasks in the core subject areas have been developed at all grade levels and are demonstrated by students to assure they can apply skills and information to life situations. Student portfolios, special projects, and presentations before community members prepare students for state-mandated tests and specific requirements.
Additionally, Camas has a long history as a district with a progressive curriculum—a blend of common-sense skills instruction and creative strategies that promote higher-level thinking and reasoning. Teachers in the district participate in a wide range of training options, with many workshops and classes taught on site. The district's instructional programs have received recognition and awards over the years, attesting to the hard work of a caring staff. Bold, new directions in technology help the district to remain on the cutting edge. Money earmarked especially for technology upgrades has paved the way to exciting learning opportunities in advanced systems throughout the district.
Together, Camas educators, parents, students, and community members have created a vision that promotes lifelong learning and educational innovation.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the Camas School District.
Washougal School District (WSD) reached out to community members, parents, students and staff in 2011 to develop a strategic plan to guide the district in its improvement work and to guide the vision.
That mission is to "create a supportive and welcoming environment for student success, our schools and community will collaborate to ensure all students become self-reliant, well-rounded, and productive citizens through a broad range of opportunities." (from washougal.k12.wa.us)
Washougal students develop a strong academic foundation that includes the arts, health, technology, and second language skills. They celebrate a strong sense of community and are encouraged to develop civic and cultural understanding. The commitment of staff is for each student to leave high school ready to assume adult responsibilities, manage resources, solve problems, communicate, and commit to hard work.
Through Professional Learning Community groups (PLCs), teachers at all Washougal schools work as a team to review each students' assessment data and discuss areas where their students are struggling to learn as well as students who are mastering their content. This team approach ensures that all students are provided assistance or are challenged as needed.
Washougal High School offers highly successful hands-on vocational training programs. Students learn metalworking, mechanical, and other skills that easily translate into careers in engineering and manufacturing-related fields. This creates a perfect pool of candidates to draw from for local business, industry, and a growing economy.
The focus in Washougal Schools is beyond standardized testing as they work to prepare students with life skills and experiences for success as they take their next steps that may include college, trade school, military, or a career.
For more information, please visit the primary website of the Washougal School District.
Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA, is committed to providing the tools and technologies that support highly engaging learning experiences for all students; to developing and maintaining productive partnerships with the community at large that will enhance student learning; and to recruiting and retaining a highly qualified, diverse workforce.
An exciting new development in the Evergreen School District is the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School (HeLa High School), which opened in August 2013 next to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center. This high school will offer foundational high school classes as well as focusing on nursing, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and other health and science-related fields. Graduates from this high school will be well-prepared for scientific college educations, and current and future local employers in health and bioscience industries will have prime employment candidates to choose from out of the local populace.
Evergreen's traditional schools are also turning out highly-qualified graduates from high-tech schools, all of whom will prove to be a boon to local businesses and will help the region continue to grow.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Evergreen Public Schools.
"Clark College is the largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in Washington's community and technical college system. Clark welcomes more than 16,000 students of all ages and backgrounds to take The Next Step on their educational or career paths each quarter. Students can earn high school diplomas, GEDs, certificates and degrees in a variety of programs including nursing, dental hygiene, health informatics and mechatronics to name a few. Clark also has more than 1,800 Running Start students, which allows high school student to earn college credit for little or no cost. Clark's Running Start program is the largest in the state.
Clark College's main campus sits on the beautiful 101-acre Vancouver Central Park in the heart of Vancouver, in southwest Washington. The college also offers classes on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver and at a satellite campus in east Vancouver at the Columbia Tech Center. Corporate and Continuing Education classes are offered in the heart of downtown Vancouver at the Columbia Bank Building. The college is currently planning for a new satellite campus in north Clark County and a brand new STEM building at its main campus to serve the increased demand for training in science, technology, engineering and math. Clark College has collaborated on partnerships with many regional colleges, universities, and technical institutions, allowing students to apply credits earned at Clark toward their bachelor's degree. Learn more about Clark's College and University Partnerships." (from clark.edu)
For more information, please visit the primary website of Clark College.
Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) is a premier, non-residential research university located in Vancouver, WA that offers 20 bachelor's degrees, nine master's degrees, two doctorate degrees and more than 37 fields of study.
Among these programs is the steadily growing Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program, which offers a B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture and provides cutting-edge technical skills to students entering our high-tech workforce. DTC students have the advantage of combining the artistic, technical, and writing skills needed to create top of the line websites, mobile apps, and other digital media necessary for keeping up in our increasingly connected, online world. In particular, the app book you are currently perusing was created by five graduating seniors from the CMDC program.
WSUV is also highly regarded for its mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science programs, all three of which turn out students who are excellent critical-thinkers, problem solvers, and creators in their own right.
Of particular interest to all types of businesses are graduates of the personnel psychology/human resources, public affairs, business administration, and marketing programs.
For more information, please visit the primary website of Washington State University Vancouver.
Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association (CWEDA)
- CWEDA President/CEO: Paul Dennis
- B.A. in Economics with emphasis on econometrics and finance, Western Washington University
- City of Camas Mayor (2004-2011)
- City of Camas Mayor Pro Tem (2002)
- Camas City Council Member (1997-2003)
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
- American Planning Association (APA)
- CWEDA/WSUV Liaison: Rene Carroll
Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at
Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV)
- Director of CMDC at WSUV: Dr. Dene Grigar
- Project Manager: Josh Roberts
- Lead Designer: Camille Konopaski
- Lead Coder: Daniel Spung
- Animation and Video Content Specialist: Michael Klase
- Content Specialist and Copy Editor: Dustin King