The electric industry is in a period of transition, and our customers in Clark County have a role in what happens next.
Strategic planning, when combined with a large dose of perseverance, pays off, especially when it comes to investing in transportation infrastructure. The Port of Vancouver and its partner ports on the Columbia River can heartily attest to the benefits of such an approach.
We’ve grown accustomed to hearing the latest polls on consumer confidence and how important it is to the national economy.But when the consumer is a company looking to buy into a region — say Southwest Washington — do we inspire the confidence they need to make a purchase decision? Are we providing the right signals that we are serious about capturing economic opportunity? Is our call for jobs supported with a ready supply of fully served employment land?At the heart of the newly minted regional economic plan lies a call for continued investment in infrastructure.
The Washington State Department of Transportation continues to have record-breaking construction seasons here in Southwest Washington. In 2011, we built more than $75 million in highway improvements in Clark County, and we anticipate nearly $114 million in existing or new contracts in 2012.
As communities across the country ramp up their efforts to attract businesses that will provide badly needed jobs for their residents, efforts to create an inventory of “shovel-ready” sites — sites that are ready for development — are in high gear.