The IPZ mission is to grow the need and market for applied digital technologies by fostering education, research and economic partnerships.
Marketing & Networking
Business Development & Recruiting
Infrastructure & Place-Making
Education & Training
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.
The Vancouver-Camas IPZ was awarded its IPZ designation for an applied digital technology accelerator. This will significantly boost the region’s ability to grow a knowledge-based economy and enhance jobs and business opportunities in emerging digital industries. The IPZ is focused on two geographic areas: the Downtown start-up community and technology campuses along the 192nd corridor.
SINCE 2014, STUDENTS IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 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
A little over two years after our State of Washington IPZ designation, more than 45 tech firms call downtown Vancouver their home. The desire to locate within the IPZ is a result of committed collaboration and hard work by the IPZ partners- through events, business assistance, infrastructure, workforce training, mentorships, education, marketing, and business recruitment and retention. We expect growth to continue through the cultivation of partnerships between higher education, private businesses, and local government. Let's take a look back at some of our accomplishments in the last two years.