Mission Statement

 The IPZ mission is to grow the need and market for applied digital technologies by fostering education, research and economic partnerships.


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Marketing & Networking

Business Development & Recruiting

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Infrastructure & Place-Making

Education & Training


                              IPZ Background

The Innovation Partnership Zone is a Washington State Department of Commerce designation. The IPZ was created to stimulate the growth of industry clusters within specific geographic areas. IPZs must have three types of institutions- a research university, an industry cluster and a workforce training provider. the designation lasts for four years.  Currently, there are 14 IPZs across the state. 



-More than 45 tech firms call downtown Vancouver their home

-A boom in brewpubs and taprooms to attract and keep tech firms downtown

-A food cart pilot program and first food cart pod downtown

-More than 300 new jobs downtown

-The development of a home-grown, qualified tech workforce through mentorships, project-based learning and student employment at mature tech firms on the east side

-22 new full-time employees hired from Washington State University

- Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) for more than 100 teachers in the region

   IPZ Accomplishments ( .PDF) 

State IPZ Press Release (.PDF)

                           University Background 

Since 2014, students in the hospitality business managment program at Washington State University Vancouver have provided in-depth market research for the IPZ their findings have informed the work of the IPZ partners, and contributed significantly to our efforts to develop active, urban spaces that attract creative companies. 

Assessment of Market Potential for Mobile Food Vending In Downtown Vancouver, WA.
The Market Potential for Coworking Spaces In Vancouver, WA.