Bart Phillips, president and CEO of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), today announced his resignation, effective May 23.
Phillips, who has served the organization since 2000, said he’s leaving the CREDC to pursuing other opportunities.
“I feel privileged to have had this opportunity to contribute to my community and to have worked with so many public and private entitles dedicated to improving the economy for the benefit of our neighbors,” said Phillips in a press release. “Together we have made a difference.”
During his tenure at the CREDC, Phillips crafted legislation in support of economic development initiatives both in the region and statewide. In addition, he saw the organization through a structural transition to an investor-based model.
“Bart’s contributions over the years that have positioned the CREDC as the ‘go to organization’ when it comes to recruiting companies to the area and helping our existing businesses expand,” said Eric Fuller, chairman of the Board of Directors for the CREDC.
The search for a new CREDC president will begin immediately.
Formed in 1982, the Columbia River Economic Development Council is a public/private entity working to stimulate job creation and investment in the region while ensuring the county’s exceptional environment and high quality of life.