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

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

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

CWCOG does not have any grant programs currently open.


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.


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

Freight News & Notes Newsletter: The CWCOG has published the Summer 2023 edition of the annual Freight News & Notes newsletter. This edition is focused on the Regional Transportation Plan and includes a link to complete a short online survey.

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.

Business Resource List: This resource document provides information on a wide variety of topics to assist regional businesses in their recovery and development efforts.


Kelso, WA — The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) invites the public to comment on one project submitted by Cowlitz County for the March 2024 Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program (M/RTIP) Amendment. The amendment requests approval for the Owl Creek Bridge Replacement project to be added to the 2024-2027 M/RTIP. Click here to review Amendment.

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.

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