Vancouver seeks volunteers to serve on Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board

Ideal candidates to serve on the DRA board will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contracts

VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver is seeking applicants with broad business backgrounds who are interested in getting involved with the operation of the Hilton hotel and convention center to fill two vacancies on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wed., Jan. 13, 2021.

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.

Two years ago, Vancouver’s shining Hilton Hotel boasted a massive golden Christmas tree, some 20-feet-tall. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Two years ago, Vancouver’s shining Hilton Hotel boasted a massive golden Christmas tree, some 20-feet-tall. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Ideal candidates to serve on the DRA board will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contracts. Experience in the lodging and restaurant industries would also be helpful, but is not required. There is no city residency requirement to serve on the board. Applicants must also be available for an interview with city councilmembers on Tue., Jan. 26.

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 on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 12 p.m. 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 www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling (360) 487-8600.

For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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