Serving Clark County since 1982, the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is a nonprofit public-private partnership of over 150 investors and strategic partners working together to advance the economic vitality of the community through business growth and innovation. 


2017 Clark County Comprehensive Economic Development Plan

In April 2017, the CREDC Board of Directors adopted Phase I of the organization's new strategic economic development plan that will guide the scope of our work moving forward. Phase II is currently in development and will include an implementation plan with specific goals for success. An overview of the initial 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. 
 

Goal 1 : Expand the Existing Base

Mackenzie's space has received 4 Green Global Sustainable Interiors certification

Mackenzie's space has received 4 Green Global Sustainable Interiors certification

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
     -Software
     -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


Goal 2 : Support People  

 

To plan for a modern economy, communities must consciously foster 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 and Intentional Commitment to Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

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Goal 3 : Create Place

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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 Peacemaking 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  


 

 

Additional Information on CREDC Initiatives
Find out more about the CREDC by viewing our Annual Report
The Clark County Economic Development Plan is currently being updated to be completed mid-year 2017
Interested in learning about our Regional Collaboration efforts? View the JIAC Grants
Learn more about Lands for Jobs, including the 2016 Employment Land Study