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Join the City of Vancouver for the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum
Join the City of Vancouver for the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum
Media Advisory: Vancouver's State of the City and Council Community Forum (Photo) - 02/29/24

Vancouver, Wash. – City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and the Vancouver City Council will host the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18. Mayor McEnerny-Ogle’s speech will cover Vancouver's key accomplishments in 2023 and what the City will focus on in the future as the community continues to grow and change. 

Guests are invited to stay after the speech to meet, in person, with City Councilors at the first Council Community Forum of the year.

What: 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum

The event will be accompanied by the release of the City's annual report, which includes additional details on City budgets and accomplishments during 2023. 

Who: Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will present a brief State of the City address, highlighting some of the key accomplishments of 2023 and looking ahead to what’s next for Vancouver. The mayor’s remarks will be followed by the first quarterly Council Community Forum of the year.

When: 6 p.m. Monday, March 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Due to space constraints at the venue, RSVPs for the event are encouraged and can be made at www.cityofvancouver.us/stateofthecity. The City will make every effort to accommodate those who arrive without previously RSVPing to the event.

The State of the City address will be streamed live–and available for on-demand viewing–on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) channel 23 and HD 323 and the City’s Facebook.  

Where: Firstenburg Community Center Community Room, 700 N.E 136th Ave., Vancouver. Media may park in the free lot at Firstenburg Community Center but should be aware that seating and space at the venue will be limited.

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Vancouver's city manager announces retirement - 02/27/24

Vancouver, Wash. – After 17 years of service to the city, City Manager Eric Holmes has announced his retirement today, effective October 11.

During his time as city manager, Holmes has been instrumental in leading initiatives and projects that have positively impacted the city and its residents. These projects include the development of Vancouver’s waterfront and the continued work to create the Heights District. Holmes also focused on development and structure of the city’s workforce to ensure the organization is resilient and ready for the continued growth of the community.

“My 17 years with the City – 14 as City Manager – have been the most rewarding of my career,” said City Manager Eric Holmes. “I have had the honor of working with multiple generations of elected leadership, exceptional talent across the City organization and built partnerships with community. I still have a lot to accomplish over the next several months and intend to see this work through.” 

Under his leadership, the city has become known for transformative approaches to affordable housing, transportation planning, addressing homelessness and evolving community expectations related to policing and public safety.

"We are sad to see Eric retire but are grateful for his steadfast commitment to our community for the last 14 years as our city manager,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The Council and I have appreciated his perspective and counsel; he has been an invaluable advisor to us and city staff. He has served Vancouver with integrity and dedication.”

The City Council has formed a subcommittee to lead a national search for the next City Manager. More details about the search will be released at a later date. Vancouver operates under a council-manager form of government where the City Council appoints a City Manager to serve as the chief executive of the city.

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Application process now open for Culture, Arts and Heritage Grants (Photo) - 02/15/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is now accepting applications for its Culture, Arts and Heritage Grants Program. This program’s goal is to support performances, exhibitions, activities and public art that showcase the best of Vancouver’s creative community.  

“Last year, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission awarded grants to 15 projects that supported local music, visual art, dance, drama, film and cultural events,” said Cultural Services Manager, Stacey Donovan. “We are delighted to offer this opportunity again in 2024 and look forward to empowering ideas that celebrate and reflect the rich diversity of our Vancouver community.” 

Applications will be accepted through April 7, with grants awarded in June. Applications should demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation and creativity. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and support projects occurring between July 2024 and November 2025. A total of $100,000 is available.

To help applicants navigate the process, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission will host a series of application workshops. These optional workshops will provide training and support for those interested in applying for a grant. Interested parties can register to attend a workshop at www.cityofvancouver.us/culturegrants

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 (Online)
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 6 at Fourth Plain Community Commons (3101 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 12 (Online)
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 12 at Firstenburg Community Center (700 N.E. 136th Ave.)

This grant program is open to non-profit and government organizations or community members who partner with an organization as their fiscal sponsor. The role of the fiscal sponsor is to accept funds on the individual’s behalf. Fiscal sponsors may also oversee project administration and assist with reimbursement or reporting.

All eligible organizations and artists working to celebrate the cultures and heritage of communities within Vancouver city limits or urban growth area are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Elevating Vancouver’s livability by demonstrating social and economic impact
  • Celebrating a vibrant and diverse community 
  • Exemplifying the best of Vancouver’s creative community by demonstrating strong feasibility and creative merit 
  • Supporting innovation or collaboration 

For more information about the grant program and how to apply, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/culturegrants.  

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City Councilmember Ty Stober Appointed to Lead National League of Cities' "REAL" Council; Councilmember Diana Perez reappointed as "REAL" Council Member (Photo) - 02/09/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver City Councilor Ty Stober has been appointed Co-Chair for the National League of Cities (NLC) 2024 Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Council. Stober was appointed to a one-year term to develop and guide programs among local elected officials for America’s cities, towns and villages. The appointment was announced by NLC President David Sander, Mayor-Elect of Rancho Cordova, CA. 

“The REAL Council has been an important resource as I navigate decisions that affect all residents of Vancouver,” Councilor Stober said. “I have learned so much from the training provided and the relationships developed through the Council. I feel so honored to be chosen as a Co-Chair for 2024.”

As a leader of NLC’s REAL Council, Stober will play a key role among a diverse group of local leaders to encourage collaboration, networking and the development of resources and programs beneficial to communities that share demographics, size or location that can be replicated across the country.

Joining Stober on NLC’s REAL Council in 2024 is fellow Vancouver City Councilmember Diana Perez. Perez, who was initially elected to the REAL Council in 2023, has been reappointed as a member for her second one-year term to develop and guide programs among local elected officials from similar communities. 

“I look forward to continuing this collaboration with colleagues on a national scale, working to advance equity, advocate for solutions to eliminate racial disparities and divisions, and address issues that are deeply important to the Vancouver community,” Councilor Perez said.

“Our member councils play an integral role in NLC’s work, bringing local leaders together to share ideas and inform NLC policy about the issues and challenges facing every kind of community in America,” said NLC President David Sander. “I’m excited to have Councilmember Stober serve as Co-Chair for NLC's REAL Council. The council will ensure that all of our cities, towns and villages have access to ideas and resources they can use to thrive.” 

The leadership of this year’s council will consist of Chair Ty Stober, Councilmember, Vancouver, Washington; Chair Christopher Jones, Councilmember, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Vice Chair Karlene Maxwell Williams, Commissioner, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida; and Vice Chair DeDreana Freeman, Councilmember, Durham, North Carolina. 

For more information on NLC’s member councils, visit: https://www.nlc.org/current-initiatives/member-councils-2/.   

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Parkhouse Vista, 1912 N.E. 138th Ave., construction progress (Source: Ginn Group)
Parkhouse Vista, 1912 N.E. 138th Ave., construction progress (Source: Ginn Group)
Vancouver awarded nearly $3.5 million in state grants for affordable housing (Photo) - 02/02/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver has been awarded $3,487,233 in state grants for four affordable housing projects, the Washington Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday. The funding is expected to help create nearly 230 units of essential housing in the city. 

The breakdown of grant amounts for each project is as follows:

Datepark Residence - 72 units - $2 million

Datepark Residence will be a 72-unit apartment complex that will offer affordable housing to households experiencing low income in Vancouver. The project will consist of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the Harney Heights neighborhood of East Vancouver.

Parkhouse Vista - 20 3-bedroom homes for homeownership opportunities - $54,488

Parkhouse Vista, will provide home ownership opportunities to low-income homebuyers through a community land trust organized by Proud Ground and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.

Lincoln Place II - 40 units - $492,299

Lincoln Place II is a planned permanent supportive housing development in the Esther Short neighborhood. The project will consist of 40 studio units and onsite, wraparound services for people exiting homelessness. 

Waterfront Gateway - 95 units - $940,486

Waterfront Gateway will be a 95-unit housing development located in downtown Vancouver, including a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom units for households experiencing low income. The project is a part of the City’s Waterfront Gateway masterplan that will provide greater connectivity between the Waterfront and the historic downtown core.

The grants are part of the Department of Commerce's Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program (CHIP), which granted a total of $47 million to 43 projects throughout the state. The program’s goal is to help build more housing units more quickly by covering upfront costs of infrastructure and connecting housing to municipal systems.

“These CHIP awards will lower the cost to develop a wide range of much-needed housing in our market,” said Patrick Quinton, City Economic Development Director. “The funding supports housing development with wraparound services for tenants that have very low income and need extra supports after exiting homelessness, all the way to affordable homeownership development for first-time homebuyers that will be able to start building generational wealth.”

The projects will provide much-needed housing, contribute to Vancouver's economic growth and stability, and help create a more inclusive and equitable community. 

For more information on the Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program, please visit the Department of Commerce's website.

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