Read more of the January/February 2020 Edition of VISION at VancouverUSA.com/VISION
Exploring This Year’s Priorities
Public Affairs Committee
The year 2019 was a busy one; checking things off of the Public Affairs Committee to do list, and the fourth quarter has been quite productive.
We’ve completed our 2020 Legislative Priorities and married them up with the priorities of partners at Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Identity Clark County (ICC) to form a list of Joint Legislative Priorities
. These Joint Priorities were shared with the public and our legislators at the annual Legislative Outlook Breakfast on December 13, presented by Chevron and sponsored by IBEW 48, Kaiser Permanente, The Columbian, Port of Vancouver USA and Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA).
We have also planned a series of Public Affairs Committee meetings over the next few months where we will have the opportunities to learn more about some of the serious issues facing business in SW Washington.
A 2020 FOCUS
With the help of partners from the community, the issues we are exploring are:
• What’s being done about homelessness and its impact on business
• A Stronger Vancouver and its implications
• Child care and its impact on business
• Domestic violence and its impact on business
• Growth management at the county level
• Gas tax versus the proposed Vehicle Miles Traveled tax
• The Columbia River System, Columbia River Treaty and the impacts on freight
• Clark County construction grade aggregate supply
As we launch into 2020 let’s take a quick moment to say thanks to Don Russo, who retired from Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt at the end of 2019. Not only has Russo been a terrific attorney for many Southwest Washington clients, he’s also been a true champion of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
For many years, Don has devoted his time to the Chamber defending business and in particular our members. He has served on the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, the GVCC Board of Directors (where he served as Chairman of the Board twice), and has provided wisdom and leadership for over four different Chamber Presidents/CEOs.
We are grateful for Don’s service and leadership, and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.
As the New Year goes on, you’ll be introduced to the new Co-Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, Paul Willocks from NW Natural. Paul serves NW Natural as the Community Affairs Manager here in Southwest Washington. A native of Hawaii, Paul and his wife Lindsay are very active in and supportive of the community. Better, he’s very educated and prepared for legislative and local issues facing GVCC members. He’s already been a member of the PAC for going on three years, so he’s familiar with the workings of the committee. We look forward to working with Paul going forward.