Located on the Pacific Rim and bridging the states of Oregon and Washington, Clark County is an energetic and attractive business location.  Pure water, inexpensive and reliable power, a skilled workforce, and great schools are reasons businesses are attracted to the area. Additionally, the County’s central location and easy access to a major international airport makes travel fast and convenient.


FAVORABLE BUSINESS CLIMATE

  • Washington does not impose a corporate income tax, personal income tax, unitary tax, nor does it tax dividends, interest, or capital gains. 
  • In the Tax Foundation's 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, Washington ranked #12 in the US.
  • Business friendly jurisdictions with local incentives and assistance programs. 

UTILITIES

  • The primary electric power supplier in Clark County, Clark Public Utilities, is a public, cost-of-service provider that offers some of the most competitive power prices in the United States. In 2014 the average industrial rate was 5.58 cents p/kWH. 
  • The County also benefits from an extensive fiber-optic network, designed to meet the needs of the most demanding industries.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • The Portland International Airport (PDX), only minutes from downtown Vancouver, WA, offers daily, non-stop flights throughout North American, Europe, and Asia; PDX has ranked America's #1 airport by Travel+Leisure in 2013, 2014, & 2015. 
  • PDX consistently ranks among of the top airports in the world from on-time departures and arrivals. In January of 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics ranked PDX #1 in the U.S. for YTD on-time departures. 

LEASABLE SPACE

  • Overall, Clark County commercial lease rates are very competitive within the Portland Metro Region

INFRASTRUCTURE AND PORTS

  • Interstate 5 connects Clark County to the major markets along the West Coast, from Seattle to San Diego. Running east-west, Interstate 84 links Clark County with Eastern Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
  • Deep-water ports, full rail access, and proximity to Portland International Airport (PDX) makes Clark County one of the strongest inter-modal transportation hubs in the Northwest. 

EDUCATION AND JOB READINESS

  • Washington is ranked #1 in the country when it comes to the concentration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs, and Clark County has the support in place to ensure our workforce can meet the fast-changing demands of our employers. 
  • Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver offer a wide-range of disciplines and programs, from highly customized technical programs to advanced level graduate degrees. 

LAND

  • Clark County has shovel-ready industrial and commerical zoned land primed for development. 

WORKFORCE

  • Approximately 60,000 workers commute to Portland to work. In a recent transportation survey, 80 percent of commuters would readily take a job in Clark County, if available, to reduce commute time and avoid the Oregon income tax.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • The median home value for a single family house in Clark County, WA, was $214, 300 (2014).  

COST OF LIVING

  • Clark County's cost of living is indexed at 102.9, lower than Seattle (126.9), San Francisco (167.5), and San Diego (135.4) metropolitan areas.