A survey of participants at the August 26 Business Leaders Regional
Transportation Summit indicated strong support for the replacement of the
I-5 bridge over the Columbia River and readiness to seek funding for it in
the upcoming legislative session. Participants also encouraged replacement
bridge designs that make special accommodation for freight and commerce
movement.

The Identity Clark County-produced summit attracted leading business
leaders and policy makers to discuss the federal, state, and local climate
for transportation investments. The event featured key staff for Oregon’s US
Sen. Ron Wyden and US Rep. Peter DeFazio, Oregon and Washington transportation
directors, and leaders involved in I-5 bridge replacement planning.
The summit was produced in partnership with the Columbia Corridor Association
and the SW Freight and Commerce Task Force (SWFACT), along
with support from a half-dozen other business groups led by the Northwest
Utility Contractors Association.

Identity Clark County is a non-profit organization comprised of highly-
respected business leaders who seek to strengthen the community, making
it a desired place where people can “land, live and learn for a lifetime.”
Its mission is to assemble and focus corporate leadership and investment in
a shared community agenda for economic expansion and vitality.

The Southwest Washington Freight and Commerce Task
Force (SWFACT), an initiative of Identity Clark County, is an alliance
of freight-dependent businesses, business organizations, ports, and planning
bodies. Together, we identify, prioritize, and pursue funding for freight
and commerce infrastructure projects that will improve competitiveness for
southwest Washington businesses and ports while protecting citizens and
the environment. The Port of Ridgefield is a member of SWFACT.
For more information visit iccbusiness.org