992911_10201351979259589_2125202431_n[1]Community Partners is an all-volunteer organization helping make improvements to our local communities that enhance livability and quality of life for local citizens and visitors alike. Since our inception in 2010 we have helped significantly improve overall perceptions, pride and attitudes throughout our local community. We are a driving force behind an ever-increasing number of community projects, including:Salmon Xwalks 2013

  • Organizing Community Improvements:
    Salmon crosswalks,
    Salmon murals on fences,
    -Lightpost decorative banners,
    -Grooming downtown planter beds,

    -Adding downtown bike racks,
    -Proposing downtown water fountains,
    -Rebuilding retaining walls,Tree aglow
  • Producing Local Events:
    July 4th Parade and Concert,
    -Art & Wine Fusion street festival,
    -Summer Concerts in the Park,
    -Community Halloween,

    -Dreaming of a White Salmon tree lighting,
    -Downtown/Dock Grade decorations,
    -Community fundraisers,
    -Bingen Skate Park fundraisers,
  • Supporting Local Parks:SkateParkLogo
    Spokes Trailbike Skills Park,
    Rheingarten Park amphitheater,
    Columbia Riverside Park,
    Proposed Disc Golf Park

We’re a registered non-profit in the state of Washington, and though we haven’t expended the effort and expense for federal 501c3 status, we still do our non-profit thing that way. All our efforts and funds go toward community improvements. We’ll love help from anyone who can spare some time, money, and/or good ideas toward improving our community. Volunteer to help build a stronger community, join our Email List to stay informed, or contact us at BWSBP1@gmail.com.

Our Mission

Community Partners of Bingen-White Salmon mission is to identify, develop, and implement significant, measurable initiatives that enhance local livability and improve the local business environments by working with citizens, communities, businesses and government agencies in Klickitat and Skamania counties to:

  • Attract businesses and people to the area as visitors, tourists, and working entities,
  • Improve the ambiance, livability, and expanding opportunities in the area,
  • Provide human and financial resource to undertake, and assist others toward these goals.

Some Thoughts On Community

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Completing Projects, Showing Results

“Completion of challenging, but doable, projects in a timely manner taught citizens that early successes build credibility for their renewal effort and their oversight organization.  They create a sense of accomplishment and help the new organization establish its identity.  Credibility brings new people into the process, as the lead organization is recognized for getting things done. … Early success also  attracted the media, and visibly  opened doors to new partners and opportunities.”  - Handmade in America, Building Creative Communities: A Story of American Renewal

Small Town Amenities

The amenities of small towns are emerging as one of the comparative advantages to more urban areas.  The natural, cultural and recreational amenities of a small town bring pleasure and pride to the local population and attract new residents, including retirees to the community.  Peaceful landscapes, wildlife habitats, dramatic scenery and the relative absence of crime, congestion and pollution are amenities small towns offer.  - Robert Schively, Economic Development for Smaller Communities

Tourism

“Experiential tourists seek out new opportunities to enjoy soft adventure activities like camping, biking, hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding and canoeing in pristine natural areas. In fact, 76 percent of all U.S. travelers want to go someplace they have never been before, and of these, 48 percent prefer remote, untouched destinations. 57 percent of these travelers are attracted by an area’s culture and 44 percent want to learn new skills or engage in a new activity. People come to an area to buy ‘good stories,’ so we have to sell them experiences that become fond memories – the makings of those stories.” - Ted Eubanks, Fermata, Inc.

Personal Impacts

“In a small town, you don’t have a lot of red tape to cut through; the channels of government are not usually difficult to maneuver. And, compared to large cities, a greater percent of people in small towns are usually more active in their communities because they know they can make a difference. This community involvement and sense of control contribute to the attractiveness and prosperity of many small towns.”  Jack Schultz,Boomtown USA - The 7 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns

Humor

You know you live in a small town when everyone knows the news before it’s printed; they just read the hometown paper to see if the publisher got it right.

On Vision

Communities need to answer the equivalent of the question – “What business are we in?” Towns coping with change find the ways to take what makes them unique and translate it into a vision that their citizens can embrace and work toward achieving.  Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Business Retention

“Too often, small towns have wasted all their time, energy and money trying to attract new industry only to learn they should have been working harder to keep the employers they have. Communities must adopt a broad-based economic development plan that supports existing businesses and encourages entrepreneurship.”  Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Community Vision

Vision is as critical as attitude in achieving goals and attaining or maintaining a healthy economy.  If attitude is the fuel to your success, vision is the roadmap, helping you determine the destination and the best routes to get there.  A vision gives you an image of what success looks like in whatever you are pursuing.  It should challenge and inspire.  The vision will serve as common ground to which you can return when there is controversy about goals or when the planning process seems to lose direction.”   ABC Volume One: Enriching Your Community One Letter at a Time