Surveys

The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization Regional Trails Plan public survey is closed. If you have input for the effort please send to cwcog@cwcog.org.

Upon request, surveys are available on paper or in other languages. Questions may be directed to CWCOG by regular mail at PO Box 128, Kelso, WA 98626; via email to cwcog@cwcog.org.

The CWCOG has a highly varied work program with initiatives undertaken in the areas of long and short-term regional and local planning, transportation and economic development planning, community development, technical assistance, and a wide array of contractual services.

If you are looking for a diverse and challenging position and want to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, then the CWCOG might be the place for you!

Click the button below to check out our current openings.

Grant Applications

No Call for Projects available at this time.

Announcements

NEW for 2024: The CWCOG is moving to a four-day work week. New office hours are 8:30AM to 5:00PM Monday through Thursday. All staff work a modified remote work schedule but are always available during regular business hours. Please call the main office phone to be connected to any one of our staff. 

RURAL INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS RESOURCE GUIDE

Improving road safety is a significant goal in the Moving Forward 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) uses technology to address various transportation related issues and Rural ITS specifically selects a proven subset of tools that are effective in rural areas.  This publication  provides introductory information to improve understanding of ITS systems and their link to reducing the number and severity of collisions and enhance awareness for all users.

The complete publication can be found here.

2023-2028 COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) Board of Directors approved the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) on August 24, 2023. The CEDS is a regional economic-development plan for the two-county region of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. The plan outlines a strategy for the region through a series of goals and objectives and includes descriptions of projects and partnerships to meet those goals and objectives. The CEDS planning process is supported by a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The final CEDS is available online here.

Public Records Request

In compliance with RCW 42.56, The Washington Public Records Act, the CWCOG records request application is available. For viewing and/or copying public records, click the button below for a printable request form. Please return this via email or USPS to access records maintained by the CWCOG.

Current Events

Small Business Resilience Toolkit: There are two versions of the toolkit available for download. One which is more suited to printing and physically writing in, and the other more suited to working on digitally. They contain the same material and will both be periodically refreshed.

AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE DRAFT 2025 UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), as the Longview Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and lead agency for the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization, invites the public to review and comment on the draft 2025 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

The UPWP identifies tasks the CWCOG’s regional transportation planning program will work on during the next fiscal year July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. Included is the program budget outlining how federal and state transportation funding is planned to be spent. The work program is developed by CWCOG staff in cooperation with regional cities, counties, ports, transit agencies, Washington State Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Transportation. The CWCOG Board of Directors is scheduled to consider adoption of the 2025 UPWP on May 23, 2024. After adoption, the 2025 UPWP will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for final approval.

Beginning April 25, 2024, the Draft 2025 UPWP will be available online or by calling the CWCOG office at (360) 577-3041 for document pickup at 207 4th Avenue N., Administration Annex Building, Second Floor, Kelso WA. Questions may be directed to Robert Stevens, Senior Transportation Planner, by regular mail – PO Box 128, Kelso WA 98626 or via email – cwcog@cwcog.org. Close date for comments is May 9, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

Title VI – Notice to the Public

The CWCOG operates in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability.

Those persons with limited English Proficiency may request language assistance through oral, visual, and/or written translation at no cost to the individual.

For assistance or questions regarding the CWCOG’s Title VI or Limited English Proficiency policies or to file a complaint, please contact the Agency’s Title VI Coordinator at (360) 577-3041.

Links:
Title VI Plan
Complaint Form – English
Complaint Form – Spanish

El CWCOG opera de acuerdo con todas las leyes federales y estatales aplicables, incluido el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, sin distinción de raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado civil, edad o discapacidad.

Aquellas personas con dominio limitado del inglés pueden solicitar asistencia lingüística a través de traducción oral, visual y / o escrita sin costo para el individuo.

Para asistencia o preguntas sobre el Título VI de CWCOG o las políticas de Dominio Limitado del Inglés o para presentar una queja, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título VI de la Agencia al (360) 577-3041.

STBG/CRP Project Ranking

The CWCOG Board of Directors Recently approved these seven projects:

Applicant Project Total Funding Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Funding Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) Funding
City of Kelso Talley Way Corridor Planning and Design $480,000 $480,000 $0
Cowlitz County Coal Creek Road Improvement Project $1,252,544 $623,398 $629,146
City of Woodland Gun Club Road Sidewalk, Bike Lane, and ADA Project $616,392 $461,317 $155,075
City of Castle Rock Huntington Avenue South Roundabout and Pedestrian Improvements $1,258,600 $1,258,600 $0
CWCOG Six Rivers Regional Trail Bridge Study $110,000 $110,000 $0
CWCOG Cowlitz County and Rainier, OR Rural Transit Feasibility Study $130,000 $130,000 $0
City of Kalama Kalama Internal Transit Feasibility $100,000 $100,000 $0