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Clark County Business Briefing

The Columbian
Published: March 26, 2023, 6:02am
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The business leaders group Identity Clark County has elected Ben Campbell, publisher of The Columbian newspaper, to its board of directors.
The business leaders group Identity Clark County has elected Ben Campbell, publisher of The Columbian newspaper, to its board of directors. (Photo contributed by Identity Clark County) Photo Gallery

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The business leaders group Identity Clark County has elected Ben Campbell, publisher of The Columbian newspaper, to its board of directors.

Campbell is a fourth-generation family owner of The Columbian, one of the largest remaining independently owned newspapers in the United States. The Columbian was founded in 1890 and has been owned by the Campbell family since 1921.

Campbell graduated from Mountain View High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University. He also serves on the executive board of the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

“It’s exciting to see the energy in this community, and I’m looking forward to contributing to its growth while supplying quality local journalism to inform people who live here,” said Campbell.

Campbell’s father, Scott Campbell, is an emeritus director for the organization, an honorary title he earned in 2018 after serving on the group’s board of directors for 18 years.

Identity Clark County is a 30-year-old nonprofit business advocacy organization comprised of about 100 influential business leaders who together strive to build a better community. The privately funded organization maintains an office in Vancouver and a lobbying presence in Olympia.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber has announced the graduation of its vice president, Janet Kenefsky, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Leads Cohort, a rigorous six-month fellowship focused on workforce development.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Leads Cohort brings together an exclusive group of leaders to collaborate and address the country’s most pressing workforce challenges. During the six-month program, participants engage in a series of workshops, roundtable discussions and seminars aimed at empowering them to create innovative solutions to bridge the skills gap, foster talent pipelines and enhance economic opportunities in their respective communities.

“We are extremely proud of Janet for successfully completing the fellowship,” said Greater Vancouver Chamber President & CEO John McDonagh. “Her hard work, insights, and collaboration with other industry leaders will undoubtedly benefit not only our organization but also the larger community. We are already seeing the positive impact of her efforts as we continue to invest in our workforce, collaborate with partners across the region and create opportunities for growth.”

Upon returning from the program, Kenefsky will spearhead new initiatives and strategies to enhance the Greater Vancouver’s talent development programs, deepen partnerships with local educational institutions and create opportunities for upskilling and reskilling employees in alignment with industry trends.

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