Vancouver Seeking Applicants to Serve on Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors

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The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants with broad business backgrounds who are interested in getting more involved in city government to fill one vacancy on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28.

The DRA is a public corporation chartered by the city. It owns the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and is responsible for overseeing its operations, finances and promotion. DRA is also one of the major stakeholders in the city’s Waterfront Gateway Project, a long-term redevelopment plan for the city-owned properties around the Hilton hotel and convention center.

Ideal candidates to serve on the the DRA board will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contract management. Additionally, experience in either the lodging or restaurant industries, or both, would be helpful. There is no city residency requirement to serve on the board. Applicants must be available for an interview with city councilmembers on Thursday, April 15.

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.

Regular DRA meetings are held approximately six times per year at 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the relevant month. Additional special meetings are advertised and held as needed, typically once or twice per year. Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently being held remotely.

Applications may be submitted online at For a printed application or for further information, contact Shannon Ripp in the City Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at [email protected], or by calling 360-487-8600.

For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit

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