Rural County Stability and the Reality of Disinvestment
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:30am to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:30am

Skamania County, Washington draws plenty of visitors to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - U.S. Forest Service—but living there is more difficult. Covered in forest and timberland, the county draws regular property taxes from less than 2% of its land base. Local government has relied on inconsistent federal aid to provide essential services. 

This panel discussion will explore Skamania’s challenges, its opportunities for economic development, and its place within the metro area.

Pat Albaugh: Executive Director, Port of Skamania County
Scott Bailey: Regional Economist, Employment Security Department, State of Washington
Kari Fagerness: Executive Director, Skamania County Economic Development Council
Tom Lannen: Skamania County Commissioner, District 2

Location: 506 SW Mill Street, Parsons Gallery, 2nd Floor

This event if free and open to the public. RSVP on our Facebook event page!