by Brent Grening, CEO

The Discovery Corridor was the big topic at a recent Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association meeting. An impressive number of citizens, elected representatives, candidates and agency folk gathered to meet, listen and get the latest on what’s happening in the corridor.

We all have a stake in what happens along the nine-mile stretch of I-5 extending south from the Lewis River to Salmon Creek – Aka, “The Discovery Corridor.” This is especially true for people who live and own property near I-5.

In this issue we’ve highlighted local entertainment and recreation offerings. We make the case that our area is a popular destination for visitors. Yet our area is also a popular destination for people looking for homes, great schools, and livable communities. With more people come business and employment opportunities, making the area a destination for growing companies as well.

Where’s it all headed? Salmon Creek has become a center of health care. Education & research is growing throughout the Discovery Corridor. Think WSU, Clark College, I-Tech Prep

– not to mention a growing K-12 system. Back to entertainment and recreation: Our towns, the Ilani Casino, fairgrounds, amphitheater, golf course, wildlands, rivers, restaurants, pubs, wineries – the list goes on – are all working together to create a place where people want to live, work, hang-out and play. A true Destination.

All the pieces work together. All are dependent on each other. So kudos to the Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association and Bridget Schwarz for calling the meeting. Because, the most important thing we can do for the land and people in the corridor, is to have people know each other.