Clark County's economic future was the official theme this morning in Vancouver.
By Todd Coleman January 23, 2013 10:58 a.m.
The Port of Vancouver USA is a conduit for moving freight in and out of the region and throughout the world. Our job is to provide that vital connectivity between where products and resources are created or harvested and the global marketplace.
By John White January 23, 2013 10:57 a.m.
You’ve likely never heard of ONAMI or C4C, but these two organizations might represent some of the most promising opportunities for economic development that we’ve never considered in Clark County.
By Deborah Ewing January 23, 2013 10:57 a.m.
Retail sales in Clark County were up slightly over last year with a 6.4 percent average increase in the first two quarters of 2012.
By Dene Grigar January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.
When Mosaic, the first graphic Web browser for the internet, appeared April 22, 1993, there were approximately 1.5 million computer hosts with registered IP addresses. A mere four years later, in 1997, following the success of Netscape and Internet Explorer, the number of hosts had risen to close to 19.5 million worldwide. Less than 20 years later, the number has swollen to over 1 billion.The colonization of the Internet has given rise to businesses that 30 years ago did not exist:nDesigning virtual assets -- like swords -- for computer games or clothing for avatars.
By Brett Bryant January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
By Rainy Atkins January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.
In health care delivery, this is an exciting time for PeaceHealth and Clark County.
By Terry Wollam January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.
There have been numerous buzz-word descriptions of the recent housing downturn and the eventual upturn. It’s either V-shaped or U-shaped, or some other image of its slide and recovery during the recent recession.
By Steve Hix January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.
It is always a pleasure to speak about new business. I have been blessed to do well in the overall outcome of many business endeavors. From InFocus Systems, which I took public in 1990, to my latest company Circle Technology, based here in Clark County, I have been involved in starting more than 10 successful companies.
By Scott Bailey January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.
My 2012 forecast for Clark County was for employment growth of around 1 percent, which turned out to be a bit too pessimistic. As of October 2012, the county had added 2,200 jobs during the prior 12 months, a growth rate of 1.7 percent. I expect that number to be revised upward to 2 percent in the coming months. That would mean by the end of 2012, we would have recovered half of the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
By Alisa Pyszka January 23, 2013 10:54 a.m.
The city of Vancouver recognizes that the recession has hit families and businesses hard. However, the immense economic shift has also brought forth new and different industry opportunities, and a chance to develop new workforce skills in local residents amid a “new economy.”
By Paul Dennis January 23, 2013 10:54 a.m.
Commercial development has changed substantially over the last five years. Gone are the days of building primarily on market speculation. Lending standards are more stringent, requiring personal equity and guarantees. Most developments are the product of assimilating smaller projects into a larger development.
By Kelly Parker January 23, 2013 10:53 a.m.
“How’s business?” That’s no longer a casual question or an ice breaker at Chamber of Commerce events. Local businesses want to know details. “How are sales?” “How did you find your new hire?” “What are you doing to cut costs and what about health care?”