Lt. Governor Visits Southwest Washington on Economic Development Tour

The Lt. Governor continued his economic development tour of Washington state this week to meet with local elected officials, economic drivers, and higher education leaders in Clark County.

Kicking off the day’s events, the Lt. Governor met with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) Board of Directors, which includes local business, civic, and education leaders. Topics of discussion included recent economic development in the area and regional workforce needs, as well as expanding access to higher education and job opportunities.

As part of his statewide effort to expand opportunities for regional economic growth, the Lt. Governor met with the Southwest Washington High Technology Council, an advocacy organization founded by the region’s largest high tech companies, mainly representing the burgeoning semiconductor industry in southwest Washington, who collectively employ over 4,000 Washingtonians. The meeting focused on methods for strengthening the greater Vancouver area’s capacity as a technology hub in southwest Washington.

While in Clark County, Lt. Governor Habib also met with the administration of Clark College, which serves nearly 14,000 students across southwest Washington, to discuss barriers to college completion and increasing access to higher education opportunities.

Finally, Lt. Governor Habib met with Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Anne McEnerny-Ogle to discuss city-level priorities for education and economic development.