Although the company has found a path to growth during the pandemic, it is more difficult to obtain products. What used to be a six-month lead time from order to delivery now looks more like 13-14 months, she said, and the company has had to diversify its suppliers and transportation, which has required quality control. increased.
Esther Liu, president of LSW Architects, discussed how buildings, parks and other components of the “built environment” can provide a sense of community. As Vancouver grows and develops, it will be important to embrace adaptive reuse – converting old structures to new uses – and open up space to preserve livability and address inequities.
“I mean, design is important,” she said.
Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Department of Employment Security, also spoke of inequity. When COVID-19 hit, minority groups and less-educated workers lost more jobs proportionately than college-educated whites. The labor market has largely recovered, with sectors such as hospitality actually surpassing pre-pandemic employment, but wage gaps persist between men and women, and white workers and people of color, he said.
Other sponsors of this year’s economic forecast event included Gravitate, TMG Property Management Services, WSP USA, PeaceHealth, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Identity Clark County.