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RealWear, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley company, has signed a letter of intent with the Fort Vancouver National Trust to occupy 12,000 square feet in the newly renovated Artillery Barracks at the Fort Vancouver National Site. The announcement was made Thursday during Mayor Tim Leavitt’s State of the City address, held in the space that RealWear will occupy.

President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver Trust, Mike True said, “This is a very exciting partnership for the Trust and a welcome addition to the Historic Site. The presence of RealWear in the West Barracks will create new vitality for downtown Vancouver. Bringing new technology-based business into a freshly renovated historic building is a perfect way to sustain and honor our community’s history, while looking toward the future.”

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a grant from the Vancouver Energy Community Fund, a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, in the amount of $5,019.

The funds will be dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center’s STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduce students and the public to potential careers in aviation through a curriculum steeped in the rich history of Pearson Field. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase model airplane and toolbox kits for teaching students metalwork and riveting skills needed to build a full-sized kit airplane.

In March, 2016, the Pearson Field Education Center received a generous donation of a partially assembled Zenith 701CH kit airplane. Youth aged 12-20 years old who are interested in acquiring the skills to assemble an airplane will be invited to participate in completing the project.

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A donation in the amount of $10,000 was presented to the Fort Vancouver National Trust during its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, September 6. The gift was from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation, and presented by Foundation Executive Director, Kay Dalke/Sheadel.

"The Trust's historic preservation work represents one of the three areas the Price Foundation supports," said Dalke/Sheadel. The Foundation serves nonprofits within Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Arlene Price grew up in Vancouver, and was a graduate of Vancouver High School in 1943. She later became an art teacher in Kelso, where she met her husband, Frank, who obtained his law degree after serving as a Naval officer in WWII. He was a superior court judge in Cowlitz County for several years. According to Arlene's sister and Vancouver resident, Joanne Galloway, Frank and Arlene believed in the importance of historic preservation, and Arlene always felt especially closely tied to Vancouver.

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Employees from Providence Health and Services will volunteer to conduct a cleanup and planting of colorful flowers on the property of the Providence Academy (400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver WA.)from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. The employees are members of ProvNext, an organized networking group of professionals within Providence Health & Services.

"This planting not only gives the historic Providence Academy a springtime facelift, it symbolizes new beginnings for the property," said Fort Vancouver National Trust President and CEO, Mike True. The Academy was awarded $1 million out of the Washington state supplemental budget in April, to replace the roof and repair the front porches of the 143-year-old building. That work is scheduled to begin this summer. "We are grateful for our friendship and partnership with Providence, and for their heartfelt commitment to this beautiful Vancouver landmark."

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Tickets are now available for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site. It is a full day of family fun with live music, games and entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The event is produced by the nonprofit, Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Fort Vancouver has over a 50-year history of providing one of the region’s most memorable fireworks displays. This year, the fireworks will be even bigger and better, with an increase in shell size of 25%. The larger fireworks will launch to 500 feet high, cover a radius of 500 feet wide, and will feature special effects never before seen at the Fort Vancouver fireworks show. The 2015 display will once again be staged from Pearson Air Field, and synchronized to music. Fireworks may not be visible from Portland or the Columbia River.

“Independence Day at Fort Vancouver is a beloved event that our community has enjoyed for more than 50 years,” said Craig Christenson, Bank of America SVP & small business banking manager in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “I’m proud that Bank of America recognizes this as an important economic engine and local tradition, and this is just one of many investments we’re making toward strengthening our communities. I grew up watching the fireworks here, and I’m excited that this year’s show will be bigger than ever before!”

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