With the city of Seattle, and now some state lawmakers, continuing the push for a local income tax, state Rep. Brandon Vick has again introduced legislation that would prevent local governments from implementing an income tax.

House Bill 1588, with 16 co-sponsors, would prevent local governments from imposing an income tax on an individual’s or household’s income. It is similar to legislation Vick introduced in May of 2017 in response to the cities of Seattle, Olympia and Port Townsend trying to find a way around the local income tax law.

“Once again, this measure clarifies the prohibition on the ability of local governments to impose an income tax,” said Vick, R-Vancouver. “This issue is not going away until we tighten the local income tax statutes even further. Despite many of us believing that current law is clear, Seattle along with the support of legislators in the Puget Sound region are pushing the state Supreme Court to allow an income tax.”

In January, the Washington State Supreme Court declined to take up a lower-court ruling that struck down Seattle’s income tax and instead sent the case to the Court of Appeals. However, the city of Seattle indicated they were not giving up and were taking their arguments to the Court of Appeals.

Since then, several Democrat lawmakers have filed an amicus brief arguing Seattle and cities across Washington state already have the right to impose an income tax.

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From left: Representative-elect Larry Hoff, Senator Ann River, and Representative Brandon Vick.

“With local governments and now some lawmakers in Olympia working in favor of an income tax, along with the governor’s push for a capital gains income tax, someone needs to stand up and protect our taxpayers,” said Vick. “Voters in Washington state have repeatedly rejected income tax proposals. Let’s quit ignoring them and pass this bill once and for all.”

Washington state voters have rejected a statewide income tax seven times since the Washington State Supreme Court overturned Initiative 69 in 1933. The latest being in 2010 when the proposed income tax measure failed in all 39 counties with a 64 percent “no” vote.

“The drive to implement local and capital gains income taxes comes at a time when we are seeing record taxpayer revenues come into the state,” said Vick.

Current Washington state law reads “a county, city, or city-county shall not levy a tax on net income.” It is a result of Camas’ Citizen of the Century and former Sen. Hal Zimmerman introducing Senate Bill 4313 in 1984. He drafted the legislation in response to an Attorney’s General (AG) opinion initiated by questions from Clark County. Zimmerman wanted to clear up any doubt created by the AG opinion about city-county government being able to have an income tax.

Vick’s bill has been referred to the House Finance Committee. The Legislature’s 105-day session is scheduled to adjourn on April 28.

Camas, WA — 100 Women Who Care Clark County is holding their organization’s first event of 2019 on Wednesday, February 6 at Grains of Wrath in Downtown Camas.

The social hour is from 5-6 pm, with the event officially beginning at 6 pm.

Grains of Wrath will be featuring a special cocktail just for the group’s members with $2 from each drink purchase going to their chosen non profit. How cool is that? 100 Women Who Care Clark County will have a table of hosted appetizers and GOW will be serving their full dinner menu for those who are interested.

The group was founded last year by Christie Ribary, who has since moved to California — and its membership soared, raising more than $38,000 in its inaugural year. This makes it one of the fastest growing chapters in the organization’s history.

“We’re really grateful for the efforts by Christie for starting this amazing organization here in Clark County,” said Deanna Rusch, who now leads 100 Women Who Care Clark County.

During the event, each member writes the name of a charitable organization on a piece of paper, and places that information into a bucket. Three names are drawn, and each organization is discussed. By ballot, the members vote on which charitable group they would like to donate to,  and the votes are tallied. By the end of the hour, the goal is to raise $10,000 ($100 from each member).

The group welcomes all women in Clark County to come and see what they’re all about — you do not need to be a member to attend the event. Come and learn about what their special group of women is doing to make immediate and powerful change in the community!

Meeting Dates for 2019: Feb 6, May 8, Aug 7, Nov 6

To learn more, visit 100womenclarkcounty.com

Camas, WA — Camas High School will be honoring several Papermakers as they sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 6th at Camas High School North Commons beginning at 9 am. You are welcome to attend the event. The following student-athletes will be signing:

EMMA COX will be signing to play golf for Towson University Tigers in Towson, Maryland. Emma will finish her high school career as a four-year varsity golfer for the Papermakers. In her first three years as a varsity golfer, Emma’s team has won three league titles, three district titles and has been state champion runner-up all three years. Emma has been recognized as GSHL 1stteam all-league her freshman, sophomore and junior years so far, is a three-time state qualifier, district champion in 2017, all-region girls golfer of the year in 2017 and finished 3rd place at the state tournament in 2017. Emma will serve as team captain for the Papermakers all four years and is a scholar athlete award recipient. While playing golf in Maryland, Emma will be studying political science.

Parents Ryan and Erika CoxMemorable moment the cheering crowd the final three holes of the 2017 state tournament.

TANNER CRAIG will also be heading to the east coast as he will be attending The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Tanner will be wrestling for the Army Black Knights. Tanner has been instrumental in raising the Papermaker wrestling program back to a competitive level and has included a 2017 district title and a 2018 league championship. Tanner has reached the state tournament every year finishing in 8th place as a sophomore, a state champion as a junior and looking to add another state championship next week. Tanner has also won many prestigious tournaments throughout the Northwest during the past four years. Tanner is undecided on what he will study during his time as a Black Knight.

Parents Pat and Karen Craig – Memorable moment getting to stand on top of the podium during the 2018 state tournament.

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Tanner Craig battles Calvin Ball.

JENNA EFRAIMSON will be playing soccer for the Vandals at the University of Idaho this fall. Jenna is a three-year letterman for the Papermakers in girls soccer, and has been a key piece to a program that has accomplished so much during her time: league championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 district championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 state championship team in 2016, state tournament 3rd place finish in 2017, and a state champion runner-up finish in 2018 along with a national championship in 2016. Jenna was recognized as GSHL 1st team all-league as a junior and senior, and all-state honorable mention in 2017. While attending school in Moscow, Jenna plans on studying animal and veterinary science.

Parents Dan and Chantel Efraimson – Memorable moment scoring a golden goal in a playoff game.

HALEY HANSON will be a part of the Nighthawks women’s basketball team at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Haley is a four-year letterman for the Papermaker girls’ basketball team that has the most consistent run in Camas High School history. Her teams have won league championships her sophomore, junior and senior years, and have qualified and finished 7th at the state tournament in 2017 and 2018. Haley has been recognized as GSHL 2ndteam all-league player her freshman and junior years, GSHL 1st team all-league player her sophomore year and the GSHL player of the year as a senior. Twice Haley has been recognized on the Columbian all-region team. Haley has been recognized as a scholar athlete, and will study physical therapy while attending school in Nampa.

Parents Brad and Julie Hanson – Memorable moment making to the Tacoma Dome for the first time in Camas High School history.

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Haley Hanson with her family. Photo by Kris Cavin.

 

GRANT HEISER will be playing baseball for Tacoma Community College next school year. Grant will be a four-year letterman for the Papermaker baseball program. Grant was recognized as GSHL all-league 2nd team 3rd baseman his sophomore year, and GSHL all-league 1st team catcher his junior year. Grant is a scholar athlete award winner, and while playing baseball for the Titans he will begin his studies in criminal justice.  

Parents Steve and Julie Dahlberg – Memorable moment playing Skyview in league title game when I was a freshman.

DAWSON INGRAM will be joining his brother on the football program at Eastern Washington University. Dawson has lettered with the Papermaker football program during his junior and senior seasons making the state playoffs both seasons. Dawson has been recognized as a GSHL all-league tight-end. As an Eagle, Dawson will be studying business management.

Parents Jason and Michelle Ingram – Memorable moment playing in the Coeur d’Alene game in 2017.

SHANE JAMISON is another Papermaker that is moving on to play collegiate football. Shane will attend University of San Diego next Fall. Shane will finish his high school athletic career as an impressive three sport athlete amassing eight varsity letters as a Papermaker. Three years for football, two years for basketball and three years for baseball. Shane was part of the 2016 league and state champion football team. During his senior campaign Shane was recognized as GSHL all-league 1st team linebacker, Columbian all-region linebacker and 4A 1st team all-state linebacker. Shane is a seven time scholar athlete award winner and will study finance while playing football for the Toreros.    

Parents Kris and Thea Jamison – Memorable moment winning state championship in 2016.

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Shane Jamison, accompanied by his parents Thea and Kris. Photo by Kris Cavin.

 

CARLA JOOSTE is another Papermaker girls’ soccer player moving on to play college soccer. Carla will be going to Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York to play for the Mavericks. Carla is a three-year varsity letterman for the Papermakers and has won three league titles, three district titles, a state and national championship in 2016, 3rd place state finish in 2017 and a 2nd place state finish in 2018. Carla is a scholar athlete award winner and a GSHL 1st team all-league recipient. While in New York, Carla will be focusing her studies on pre-med.

Parents Bruce Jooste – Memorable moment scoring the only goal in playoff game to advance us in the tournament.

LIAM KALHAGEN will be taking his talents to play soccer at Southern Oregon University. Liam has just moved to Camas High School for his senior year and will look to be an important part of the 2018 varsity team. Liam will graduate high school with an Associates in Arts degree from Clark College which will give him a jumpstart as he studies communications/business while playing soccer for the Raiders.

Parents Geir and Patricia Kalhagen – Memorable moment will be determined this upcoming season.

 

MADDIE KEMP will be moving to beautiful Spokane Washington to play women’s’ soccer for the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University. Maddie is the most decorated girls’ soccer player in Papermaker history, amassing scoring records that may never be broke. Maddie has lettered all four years for the Papermakers, she was GSHL 2nd team all-league her freshman year and GSHL 1st team all-league the next three years. She is part of the Columbian all-region team her sophomore, junior and senior years which includes all-region player of the year her junior and senior year. Maddie was also recognized as 4A Washington state player of the year in 2017 and 2018 and received All-American honors. She scored 141 varsity goals in those four years with her team winning four league championships, four district championship, two 3rd place state finishes, one 2nd place state finish, one state and national championship finish in 2016. During her time as a Zag, Maddie will be studying sports management and administration.

Parents Jeff and Kelly Kemp – Memorable moment winning state championship in 2016.

JAZZLYNN PAULSON is our fourth girls’ soccer player recognized today. Jazzlynn will be headed north of the border to play women’s soccer for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby,British Columbia. Jazzlynn is a three-year letterman for the Papermakers, and has received GSHL 1st team all-league recognition as well as Columbian all-region selection and Washington all-state honorable mention recognition. She is a varsity captain and holds the Camas High School record for most assists in post-season play. Her Papermaker teams have won three league championships, three district championships, a 3rd place state finish, 2nd place state finish and a state and national championship. Jazzlynn is a scholar athlete award winner and will study behavioral science while in Canada.

Parents John and Rachel Paulson– Memorable moment the assist in the state semi-final game that allowed them to move onto the state championship.

MARY PIPKIN has been a multi-sport athlete for the Papermakers, and will continue that as she will be playing both volleyball and fastpitch softball for the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mary has received five varsity letters as a Papermaker with three of them in fastpitch softball and two in volleyball. Mary has played on a Papermaker volleyball team that has won league championships both years she lettered and qualified for the state tournament her senior year. Her Papermaker fastpitch teams have won two league championships and will be playing for their third this spring and have finished 4th at that state tournament both her sophomore and junior seasons. Mary is a scholar athlete award winner and has served as captain of the volleyball program. While in Wisconsin Mary will focus her studies on mathematics.

Parents Kevin and Lorna Pipkin — Memorable moment pitching and winning at the state softball tournament and qualifying for the state volleyball tournament.

CALLIE RHEAUME will be the one Papermaker that is actually headed west of Camas as she will be part of the women’s’ soccer program for the Sharks at Hawaii Pacific University. Callie has lettered for the Papermakers for three seasons and has been recognized as GSHL 1st team all-league in 2018 and holds the girls soccer assist record at Camas High School. Her teams won three league championships, three district championships a 3rd place state finish, 2nd place state finish and a state and national championship in 2016. Callie is a multi-year scholar athlete and is undecided on what she will study while enjoying the beach in Honolulu.  

Parents Eric and Sonja Rheaume – Memorable moment winning the state title in 2016 same year as football.

LUC STURBELLE is our third football player who will be moving on to play college football. Luc will be traveling to Colorado Springs, Colorado to play for the United State Air Force Academy. Luc is a two-year letterman for the Papermaker football program. During his senior season, Luc received GSHL 1st team all-league honors as a wide receiver along with selection to the Columbian all-region team. Luc served as a team captain for his team that qualified for the state playoffs both seasons. Luc also plays varsity lacrosse for the Camas Lacrosse club. While in Colorado, Luc will study business management.  

Parents Dave and Amy Sturbelle – Memorable moment any game played at Doc Harris on Friday night.

Running a business is hard work, especially for a single mother. It requires discipline, strategy, planning, and perseverance, but Lisa Lê, owner of Lisa Lê Properties — A Boutique Experience, says it’s mostly about building relationships.

And that’s the way she structured her real estate boutique — on serving others.

“I am passionate about helping my clients find their forever home, or helping them get the most value from the home they want to sell, so they can get top dollar and get the right new owners in place so it feels like a perfect fit on both sides,” says Lê. “I like to create different marketing campaigns to help sell homes.”

The accomplished realtor, with four college degrees (criminal justice, political science, psychology and sociology) set up shop on 4th Avenue in Downtown Camas and immediately created a welcoming space for business and social functions. She’s also well-known for her 24/7 Window Vision Display, which is an interactive touchscreen system showcasing homes and local businesses.

“People love it,” said Lê. “They can come by anytime to see our 24/7 RMLS feed to see any listing in Clark County. “It’s a great conversation starter.”

Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), says the window display is a big draw in the downtown area. The window itself has achieved local accolades, and earned Lê a prestigious DCA award: 2018 Outstanding Window Display.

Lê works very hard to make sure people feel welcome in our community.

“I’m also a big believer in giving back,” she said.

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Lisa Lê helps out with a back-to-school supplies project.

After becoming a single mom, Lê founded a Divorce Empowerment Alliance Advisory Group, with the mission to educate, support, and empower anyone navigating the uncharted waters of separation or divorce. The group is composed of experts who are available to assist those in need.

She also believes local businesses need to support one another, so she founded Collaborative Camas, a network of Camas businesses that meets regularly to discuss challenges, solutions, and to simply socialize.

Lisa Lê Properties — A Boutique Experience also works closely with the Camas Hotel, with whom she partnered to create the Keys To Camas program, which gives shoppers discounts and incentives to shop local. Lê’s work on this program is what earned her business the DCA’s 2018 Creative Local Marketing Award.

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Lisa Lê won two prestigious DCA awards.

“We have a great history here in Camas, plus many great businesses that we want people to know about,” she said. “It’s a successful program.”

Part of that commitment is shown in her active involvement with the DCA.

“I’m also involved in all their First Friday’s and signature events, which showcase the best of Camas,” said Lê.

And, most recently she was a platinum sponsor of the Camas Wellness Festival, which is a local non-profit organization.

“This is a perfect fit for me and for Lisa Lê Properties; as a woman and mother, I believe strongly in promoting physical and mental health, especially in our children,” said Lê.

She is also a member of Soroptimists International, which is a global volunteer organization that economically empowers women and girls by providing access to education, the single most effective anti-poverty intervention.

If you’d like to visit her, and learn more about her services, please visit her office at 418 NE 4th Avenue in the heart of Downtown Camas.

“I’m just really happy to be part of the Camas community,” said Lê. “It’s a great place to raise a family, and simply enjoy life. Be my guest.”

According to the Camas Police, Camas has been hit hard by vehicle prowlers and thieves this month, and these acts have led to other crimes, including identity theft.

There have been 23 reported prowls and thefts so far for the month of January, reported Camas Police officer, Debra Riedl.

“The prowlers will generally hit one neighborhood/area hard at a time,” said Riedl. “Prowls occur all over our city, but this month has kept us busy on different areas of Prune Hill, Parker Estates, NW Lacamas Lane, the area near Dorothy Fox Elementary, and the SW 6th Ave neighborhood.”

Here’s how you can help:

– Call 911 if you see or hear suspicious activity during early morning or late-night hours. (Prowlers caught on video are often out prowling between 3 and 5 am)

– Keep valuables out of sight or secure in your home.

– Keep weapons secure in your home, not in your vehicles.

– Lock your vehicles and home. (Most of the recent prowls have been unlocked vehicles!)

– Consider keeping your porch lights on.

– If you notice neighborhood vehicles with dome lights on, call 911.

– Don’t be shy. Your Camas police work 24 hours a day, and we’re here to respond to your calls. We often don’t know about the prowls/thefts until after the fact.

Questions? Contact Camas Police Department at 360-834-4151 or stop by 2100 NE 3rd Ave.

 

CAMAS, WA — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that George Regis, a 63-year-old pilot, who was last seen departing Grove Field Airport in Camas, is listed as missing.

In their press release, authorities say that Regis departed Grove Field Airport (which is located at 632 NE 267th Ave. in the Fern Prairie area) around noon on Friday, January 25, and that he has not been heard from since that departure.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office believes Regis may have been traveling Southwest —  to either Arizona or Texas.

His cellular telephone sent a final signal in the Newberg/Dundee, Oregon area on Saturday, January 26. A flight plan was not filed, and is not required of pilots and aircraft departing Grove Field, which is part of the Port of Camas-Washougal.

If anyone has information about Regis or his whereabouts, the authorities are asking you to call 911.

Grove Field is home to many local airplanes, both new and active, as well as vintage, and there are long-range plans to expand the airport. There has been a growing interest in aviation in the last few years, and Grove Field has been instrumental in helping people learn about the industry and how to fly aircraft.

Longview, WA — The Camas Boys Swim Team handily won the 14-school Southwest Washington Invitational Saturday, with 691 points, distancing second place Columbia River by 332 points.

The annual invitational typically includes all local high schools, and one from the north — which this year was Aberdeen.

The Papermakers won the meet with multiple team members down to health or injury, and have been struggling to get state qualifying times.

”So far, we only have one state qualifying time,” said Camas co-captain, Chris Xia. “Usually, we have a lot more at this point in the season, so we’re hoping we can get more state times at Districts in two weeks.”

The Papermakers got off to a great start in the 200 Medley Relay, with both A and B relay teams taking first and second  place, respectively. The A team (Josef Kiesenhofer, Austin Fogel, Jaden Kim, and Chris Xia) timed in at 1:42.60 with the B team (Dave Peddie, Jack Harris, Emanuel Crisan-Dum, and Victor Wu) finishing with 1:47.60. Kelso placed third.

Harris won the 200 Free (1:52.35) narrowly beating Peddie (1:53.21). Simon Parish, of Columbia River, placed third.

Skyview’s Jace Creech won the 200 IM event (2:04.95) with Battle Ground’s Alex Curran placing second (2:06.82) and Daniel Ishchuk placing third.

Skyview’s Liam Johnson won the ultra-competitive 50 Free (22.94) with Kodee Soetamin, of Mark Morris, placing second (23.29) and Papermaker Jaden Kim third (23.41).

Kim would win the 100 Fly right after (53.28) with Johnson, second (56.40) and Washougal’s Daniel Brown, third (56.49).

Soetamin won the 100 Free (50.37) narrowly beating Harris (50.93) and Chris Xia (52.36).

Peddie handily won the 500 Free (4:48.84) with Skyview’s Jace Creech placing second (5:09.07) and Prairie’s Jonah Colagross placing third (5:26.02).

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Luke Bales, right, enters the pool.

Camas took first place in the 200 Free Relay. Luke Bales, Xia, Harris and Kim (1:32.46) bested Skyview (1:34.29). The Camas B Relay placed third.

Battle Ground’s Alex Curran won the 100 Back event (55.00) with Union’s Tony Kajino second (56.24) and Battle Ground’s Andrew Schivalocchi placing third (1:00.02).

Papermaker’s Austin Fogel handily won the 100 Breast (1:02.80) with Skyview’s Khai Tran second (1:04.77) and Mark Morris’ Ryan Pospichal placing third (1:08.91).

Camas took the top spot in the meet’s final event, the 400 Free. Xia, Peddie, Bales Andy Harris finished in at 3:24.30. Mark Morris second at 3:39.93, and Battle Ground at 3:43.67.

The boys are preparing for Districts in two weeks, and State in the middle of February. The two-time State champions have a lot of catching up to do, so “we’re focused on getting more state qualifying times during this time,” said Xia.

 

 

Olympia, WA — With the measles outbreak in Clark County continuing to grow, Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation Friday morning declaring a State of Emergency.

The proclamation directed the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to be implemented, which allows state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist in prevention and response efforts.

There are now 30 confirmed cases of measles across Clark County. Friday evening, the following lawmakers from Washington’s 17th and 18th Legislative Districts issued the statement below:

  • Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center
  • Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver

“We appreciate Governor Inslee issuing a State of Emergency this morning. The outbreak of measles in our local communities is extremely concerning, but we are thankful every resource has been made available to help the Department of Health respond quickly and effectively.

“The governor’s proclamation not only provides essential resources and personnel, but also brings a heightened public awareness about this dangerous and preventable disease. While this is an uncertain and unfortunate time for many across our county, this State of Emergency will help reduce the spread and length of the outbreak. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

For more information about the measles outbreak in Clark County, as well as resources on how you can prevent its spread, click here to visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website.

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From left: Representative-elect Larry Hoff, Senator Ann River, and Representative Brandon Vick.

Camas, WA — More than 50 community members and friends gathered outside Discovery High School Thursday evening to officially dedicate NW Nan Henriksen Way, which is named after the former Camas Mayor.

Henriksen officially cut the ribbon following two brief speeches by Camas School District Superintendent, Jeff Snell, and by Henriksen herself. The former mayor received the honor for the vision she had more than 30 years ago to have Camas look beyond the industry of the mill. She was instrumental in creating the Camas industrial park that is now home to multiple high-tech firms that attract living wage jobs.

Snell called her a visionary and heralded her tireless efforts to improve Camas during her tenure as mayor, and to this day.

“I just want to thank all of you for coming and celebrating with me,” said Henriksen. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me and I particularly want to thank my family members who were able to make it here. I wish my dad could be here … he would have been so happy to be here, and I wish he could have been up on the sign, too. I also want to thank Jeff Snell and the school district for this amazing honor.”

“You may think that this is a very short street, but it’s the perfect street for me because of all the symbolism involved. I get goosebumps just thinking about it, because this was Sharp Way and led to our very first tenant in our industrial park that was really only a vision until Sharp agreed to locate here and started to make that vision a reality for Camas. I still get goosebumps thinking about that.”

She spoke of the groundbreaking of the Sharp building, which started the industrial park, and the tree she planted with Sharp leaders.

”Now, this is the street to exciting new learning opportunities,” she added. “It’s so great I can’t think of anything I’d like to see more than these schools dedicated to collaboration, cooperation, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking, and inclusion of all kids. You don’t have to be a super student or super athlete to be a star at these schools. I’m very proud of this school district.”

Following the official dedication, participants headed over to Discovery High School for its official dedication by Snell.

”I think my greatest joy is that I’m still alive to enjoy this,” she said. “Usually groups wait until you die and then they say let’s honor her with a street. You guys all get to celebrate, but I don’t.”

 

Chosen from over 12,000 nominations nationwide, Camas was named a Top 10 town in the 2019 Small Business Revolution Main Street competition. The winning town receives a $500,000 investment, which includes assistance and transformation of six small businesses—all of which will be filmed on location as part of an 8-part original TV series on Hulu.

Previous season winners have described the experience and its ongoing results as lifechanging for their town’s business district and the entire community.

The next critical step is to be chosen by the show’s team to advance as a Top 5 finalist through a nail-biting online announcement on February 12th. Following that exciting news, a furious week of public voting will determine the winner. Voting will be done on the Small Business Revolution website and it’s one vote per device per email per day.

If included in the Top 5, Camas will ask the community, state, region and the nation for their votes and to spread the word through their own social connections. The Downtown Camas Association is encouraging people to mark their calendars now and ask all family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc. to be prepared to vote as well. Winning would create a positive focus on Camas, Clark County and the Pacific Northwest.

“We are over the moon excited about the chance to be a part of Small Business Revolution Main Street!” says Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director for the Downtown Camas Association. “The show is incredible and truly shines the light on the inspiring stories of small businesses. We have such amazing hard-working businesses and some serious mill town pride in Camas, and it would be an honor to have their expertise here to help build strength and sustainability in our small businesses and in our town. We have worked hard to bring our town back to life and to build community and we are so grateful for those that are supporting our downtown businesses. The authentic small town experience has true value! Because of that, we ask for your vote. But no matter what happens, this whole process has been such a genuine community “uniter” and we will use this momentum to continue to strengthen and preserve our town.”

The Small Business Revolution Main Street series showcases one small town and six of its small businesses each year. 2019 will be Season 4. The efforts are funded by Deluxe Corporation, a company that has been working with small businesses in marketing and finance for over a century. The goal of the show is to show the joys and challenges of owning a small business, why supporting small businesses is so important to communities everywhere, and the powerful changes that can happen when effective and creative marketing and business management techniques are employed. The overall efforts lead to community pride and investment on a grand scale. Prior series can be watched on Hulu, YouTube or on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org

Since finding out their Top 20 status in November, the Camas community has been engaged in using #mycamas on social media and sharing the unique qualities of the town and of the small businesses. A reception for the Small Business Revolution team was held on January 2nd at Grains of Wrath in Downtown Camas and attracted hundreds of people, many wearing #mycamas t-shirts, who were excited to meet the crew and show their community spirit.

For more information, visit www.smallbusinessrevolution.org or https://www.facebook.com/smallbizrev

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From January 2: Camas leaders met with the Small Business Revolution team at the paper mill.