Mike Bomar was appointed Director of Economic Development in May 2018. His responsibilities include leading port economic development strategic planning; implementing appropriate initiatives and projects for the port district and Clark County; providing strategic leadership on transportation planning; seeking public and private partnership opportunities to achieve cargo growth and new industrial business, and; developing and maintaining strategic partnerships in the community.
Mike previously served as president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) for more than four years. Prior to joining CREDC, Mike served as the executive director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association for three and a half years and spent six years with the Building Industry Association of Clark County in their governmental affairs department.
Mike currently serves on several professional and nonprofit organization boards, including the Greater Portland, Inc, Board, Washington Economic Development Association Board, Washington Public Ports Association Economic Development Committee (Co-Chair), and the Ridgefield Main Street Board (Immediate Past-Chair).
Mike holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington.
Mike is a long-time Southwest Washington resident and currently resides in Ridgefield with his wife Audri and their three children. In his free time, he enjoys coaching baseball, running and hiking with his family.