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7/9/2013

Board appoints new Planning Commission member on July 9

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Vancouver, WA – The Board of County Commissioners today unanimously named a real estate broker and former U.S. Army analyst to fill a vacant seat on the Planning Commission. The term runs to the end of the year.

John D. Blom, of Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood, has worked as a real estate broker since 2009. Previously, he spent four years as an analyst at the Army’s Combat Studies Institute in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Concordia University and master’s at Ohio University.

Blom is a member of the Clark County Association of Realtors, and is the 2013 alternate state director for the Washington Association of Realtors. He is a member of Toastmasters International and Leadership Clark County class of 2013-14.

Chair Steve Stuart said the commission will benefit from Blom’s ability to analyze and summarize complex issues.

“I think John will enhance the debate and probing nature of the Planning Commission,” Stuart said. “He is a smart, driven young professional with industry knowledge and a willingness to serve.”

Blom’s knowledge of state growth management requirements, land-use regulations and zoning laws will allow him “to hit the ground running,” said Commissioner David Madore. On his own initiative, Blom attended a day-long Department of Ecology training about low impact development techniques, Madore noted.

Blom fills the seat left empty when Dick Deleissegues resigned earlier this year.

“Dick served as a member of the Planning Commission since 1998,” Stuart said. “We can’t thank him enough for all those years of valuable service to the community.”

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