Vancouver needs quality jobs to ensure the long-term economic viability of our city and to support the basic needs of our community. An estimated 60,000 Clark County residents commute to Oregon every day to work, as well as pay income taxes to the state of Oregon, because there are insufficient living wage jobs in our own community. We are losing our youth to other communities because there aren’t enough good jobs to bring them back to Vancouver after completing their education. In addition, our citizens and business community, through the ballot box and public testimony, have resoundingly said “no more” on new or increased taxes. However, the need and demand for adequate public services, especially in the areas of public safety and transportation, continues to grow; and the costs are far outpacing available revenues.
We will foster a dynamic, diverse economy in Vancouver to provide good jobs for our citizens, support successful businesses - large and small - and ensure financial stability for future generations.