Consultant County has ingredients for growth

first_imgThe Clark County Economic Development Plan, produced by TIP Strategies, was commissioned by the nonprofit Columbia River Economic Development Council for $80,000.Clark County possesses key assets in education, health care and international trade that, if leveraged successfully, will position it for growth, the author of the county’s new draft economic development plan said Thursday. “You have opportunities for growth even as the nation’s economy stumbles along,” said Jon Roberts, principal of Austin, Texas-based TIP Strategies, who oversaw development of the 127-page plan.Using a Power Point presentation, Roberts rolled out the plan to a lunchtime gathering of more than 300 people at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. The event, held by the Columbia River Economic Development Council — the county’s chief jobs promoter — also featured a panel discussion of the plan.WSUV, health careRoberts said relationships between Washington State University Vancouver and the county’s business community must be strengthened. And regional leaders should accelerate efforts to develop a business-oriented research park.Roberts said WSUV needs to expand class offerings and to boost its role in creating economic growth. He cited data showing that the jobless burden in the U.S. is shared unevenly. People who lack a high school diploma are experiencing a jobless rate of 13.7 percent, while 7.4 percent of those with college degrees are unemployed.last_img read more