The Skamania County EDC Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Kari Fagerness as Executive Director filling the position recently vacated by Pat Albaugh when he was hired to manage the Port of Skamania. Kari officially started her new duties on November 1, 2016.
Kari has been at the EDC as Office Administrator since December 2010. Prior to that she worked for six years at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, P.C. as a Real Estate Paralegal and Planner and has five additional years of urban and natural resource planning experience in both the public and private sectors. Kari holds a BA in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University. She has been a Stevenson resident since 1997.
“I look forward to the challenges this position will bring and am excited to take this next step in my career.”
Fagerness said. “I have enjoyed working with the local business community since I started at the EDC in 2010 as the Office Administrator and will continue to strengthen those relationships to help the community grow in a healthy and sustainable manner.”
The SCEDC is a non-profit corporation located in Stevenson, Washington, in the Columbia River Gorge. It is designed to assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses and industries, to encourage capital investment for new business development and to promote public policies to facilitate orderly economic development in Skamania County.
The Skamania County EDC manages the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s Washington Investment Fund (WIF), providing business development and public infrastructure loans. They are also stewards of other micro-loan programs. The EDC is now seeking to fill the Office Administrator role vacated by Kari.

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