Movers & Shakers: 1/17/2014

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City of Vancouver selects new Economic Development Division Manager

Teresa Brum has been hired by the city of Vancouver to serve as its new Economic Development Division manager.

In her new role, Brum will be responsible for overseeing the city’s economic development and plan implementation activities, which include Vancouver’s waterfront redevelopment and the Block 10 redevelopment project downtown.

Brum has 23 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Most recently, she worked as a consultant based in Spokane where she tackled statewide planning and commercial development projects. Prior to running her own business, Brum directed community and economic development programs for the city of Spokane for 18 years.

“Teresa’s combination of economic development expertise and management experience made her uniquely qualified for this position, and I know she will fit in well with our team,” said Vancouver Community and Economic Development Department Director Chad Eiken in a press release.

Brum serves on the executive board of the Washington Economic Development Association. She also teaches graduate level classes at the Eastern Washington University School of Business and Public Administration.

She holds a master of arts degree in urban planning and public administration from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University.


Government contracting counselor joins GVCC

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) recently announced the addition of Carroll Bernard, a new government contracting counselor.

Bernard will serve as the Southwest Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) representative and will have an office open at the chamber’s 11th & Broadway location from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. His direct email is

For over a decade, Carroll has worked as a buyer for the U.S. Navy, city of Vancouver and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also provided mentorship, counseling, coaching and training to small businesses seeking government contracts during his tenure with Oregon’s Government Contract Assistance Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“We are very excited to add Carroll to the GVCC Team,” said GVCC CEO and President Kelly Parker. “He comes with a wealth of knowledge in the government contracting arena.”

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