Interested in Serving on the Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board?

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The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two vacancies on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday, November 1, 2019.

The DRA serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body to the Vancouver City Council. It owns the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and is responsible for overseeing its operations, finances, and promotion.

The DRA has no employees. It contracts with an asset management firm specializing in lodging, restaurant, and convention facilities to monitor the ongoing operations of the hotel and convention center and advise the board on operational, financial and budget issues. The City’s Chief Financial Officer serves as the Executive Director of the DRA, with financial, administrative and legal support provided by City staff.

Candidates with broad business experience are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management, and contracts. Additionally, experience in the lodging and restaurant fields would be helpful. There is no residency requirement to serve on the board. However, applicants must be available for an interview with city councilmembers Monday, November 18th.

Board members serve four-year terms and may be eligible for reappointment. The two open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not be reapplying for their positions. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

Regular DRA meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 AM in Vancouver City Council Chambers at City Hall. Additional special meetings are advertised and held as needed, typically once or twice per year.

To apply online, visit the Boards and Commissions Application Form. To request an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, [email protected] or 360-487-8607.

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