Weekly Reader

Friday, August 16, 2019

The CWCOG is conducting an Economic Vitality Survey. Please share this link with employees and other groups and organizations that you associate with. If you have not done so, please complete the survey yourself after sharing with others.

Economic Development
Why 5G matters: 5G promises to spawn new industries and drive life-changing innovation, and it’s essential America leads the way.

Here is the latest er Price Index release from the Bureau of labor Statistics.

The CWCOG put up a Community Board at the Wahkiakum County Fair providing input on ideas for the county-wide park plan. Work just began on the plan and will continue through January, 2020.

Your feedback for the WSDOT Public Transportation Division is important and will be used to in WSDOT’s efforts to improve customer service. It will take less than five minutes to complete this anonymous survey. Please reply by August 23. Have more feedback than the survey allows? Contact Gayla Reese Walsh at 360-705-7011 or walshga@wsdot.wa.gov.

Community Development / Other
According to the National Association of Regional Councils, “On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order has two major components that will impact local governments: 1) “in-kind” components of franchise agreements and 2) regulation of “mixed use” networks by state and local franchising authorities. The National League of Cities (NLC) opposed the order, as did a large number of local governments, PEG operators, and 49 members of Congress. Despite these protests, the order is likely to proceed, causing reductions in franchise revenues at the state and local level and preempting state and local authority over the growing broadband and wireless services being provided by cable companies. 15 U.S. Senators sent a letter opposing the FCC vote shortly before the meeting. In addition, 63 members of Congress from both chambers have sent formal correspondence over the past year opposing FCC preemption of cable franchising”.

General Election Ballot Issue information – Click here for the general link form the Washington Office of Financial Management and here for the specific details on I-976.

Start planning now for school zone grant opportunity from the Washington Safety Commission. Click here for information on the program that will open up for applications in early 2020. Or check here for information on Bike and Pedestrian safety programs.

Up-coming events and activities

  • CWCOG Board of Directors Board meeting, August 22, 2019, Noon, Cowlitz Event Center