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PADA drops out of business-group merger

June 25th, 2014 - 5:36am

(Port Angeles) The Port Angeles Downtown Association's board has voted to pull out of efforts to merge with two other business groups in town.

The board voted 7-1 Monday night to discontinue with the effort that has been called Port Angeles United.

The effort aims to unite the PADA with the Port Angeles Business Association and Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce into a unified group.

Supporters say it will provide a stronger voice for the business community and create a more efficient, cohesive effort for business growth, marketing and events in the area. It would also save money on overhead. One of the task forces proposed would specifically deal with improving the downtown.

But the PADA board says it doesn't serve the efforts of the downtown any better than currently. They say it would dillute downtown promotional efforts and could cause the city to lose its MainStreet designation from the state.

Last night, downtown association members were told of the boards vote after hearing a report from organizers of the PA United. An invitation to the PADA board is still on the table to attend a joint retreat with the PABA and chamber boards on July 10th.

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