Weekly Reader

Friday, August 2, 2019

SURVEY: The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is conducting a Regional Economic Vitality Survey. The survey is available online by clicking here and should take less than 5 minutes. The purpose of this survey is to provide information to the CWCOG to assist in its efforts to serve its member agencies and improve economic vitality and quality of place throughout the region. Thank you for your participation and feedback!   Please share this with your employees and network of associates.

Economic Development
The Pew Charitable Trust has launched a new 50-state interactive tool that can be used to learn more about broadband policies. Click here for more.

Raising the bar on pre – apprenticeships. Click here for the story.

The long dormant Intergovernmental Commission looking to reestablish under pending legislation. Click here for more information.

Transportation
The CWCOG received 270 responses to the recent electric and autonomous vehicle survey we conducted as part of our work on the effort to develop an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Plan. 42% of the respondents said they were likely or very likely to purchase an electric vehicle in the next five to 10 years. When it comes to autonomous vehicles, 34% responded that there was “no way” they saw themselves using an autonomous vehicle when they are available locally. Just over 49% of the respondents were 50 years old or older. Watch for the full report.

Consumer Reports has issued a new report titled the Electric Car Comes of Age. Click here for more on the emerging choices available to the consumer looking to go electric.

Here is a link to the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) fact sheet from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that was released this week.

What is the reality of autonomous cars? Click here for a story suggesting the near-term estimates are overly optimistic. Here is another story cautioning on the risk associated with autonomous vehicles being hacked in a massive wave that would create havoc on our nation’s roads.

Community Development / Other
From the New York Times – Moody’s Corporation has purchased a controlling stake in a firm that measures the physical risks of climate change, the latest indication that global warming can threaten the creditworthiness of governments and companies around the world. Click here for the story.

“Most people would agree that affordable housing is a major issue throughout the state of Washington. There is much less agreement, however, on what is needed to address this problem. Recognizing this quandary, the Washington Legislature passed a bill (E2SHB 1923) to help address the affordable housing issue, which was signed by the Governor and takes effect on July 28, 2019 (with one provision that became effective on July 1, 2019).”Click here for the rest of the story from MRSC.

Five lessons from cities on affordable housing – click here for the story.

Where do states get their money. Click for the chart from Pew Charitable Trust.

State-by-State benefits of federal natural disaster mitigation grants – Click here for the article from Pew Charitable Trust.

The CWCOG submitted a $50,000 grant request to the Washington Office of Financial Management for the 2020 Complete Count Census activities. Thanks to everyone who sent letters of support on short notice. We received 12 from member agencies and one from Representative Brian Blake.

Up-coming events and activities

  • Making Use of MRSC Services, August 20, 11:00 am, Register Here
  • CWCOG Board of Directors Meeting, August 22, Noon, Cowlitz Event Center
  • CWCOG Board of Executive Committee Meeting. August 22, 1:15 PM, Cowlitz Event Center