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Greater Vancouver Chamber Supports Vancouver Public Schools Bond - 01/27/17

Vancouver, WA - Upon the recommendation of the Chamber's Public Affairs Committee, the Board of Directors has moved to approve support for the Vancouver Public Schools Bond -- up for a vote in February. Maintaining the reputation of the Vancouver Public School system requires a commitment from the community and continued investment. The Chamber knows our economic prosperity relies heavily on our education system to create a desirable, thriving community. The business community is immediately dependent on the talented workforce filtering out of our education system. Foundational in the preparation of that workforce is strong K-12 education. Furthermore, our future economy depends on a strong education system as a notable recruitment tool for companies looking at our region. The Chamber supports Vancouver Public Schools in their effort to provide learning environments consistent with 21st century learning.

The VPS District Board of Directors along with the District management have identified the most crucial facility needs and the best investment leverage for local resident tax payers. This bond requests asks district taxpayers to pay on average $20.00 per year for the next 5 years (until the current Bond expires) and gain nearly $500 million of facilities upgrades. In 2021 when the current bond is retired tax payers are predicted to pay less per $1,000 of assessed home value by seventeen cents per thousand valuation.

"The business community depends on our local schools to help make our future workforce 'work ready' and we believe the Bond Levy request on the February ballot is a huge step in that direction and a wise individual and community investment," said John McDonagh, GVCC President.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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