Weekly Reader

Friday, July 26, 2019

Economic Development

Bipartisan support for resiliency grows as natural disasters worsen According to smart Cities “While resiliency has been top-of-mind for city leaders for some time, Smith noted a subtle shift in national leadership. Recent appropriations bills coming out of the House and Senate have both made explicit mentions of the need for resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change”. Click here for the full story.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a number of bills which, if passed into law, would provide full-year FY 2020 appropriations for a variety of federal agencies and programs. Included among the bills that were approved last week is S. 2584, a Commerce, Justice, and Science spending bill for FY 2020 which contains $319.5 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). If passed, this bill would provide an increase of $15.5 million above enacted FY 2019 levels for EDA. EDA Remains among the smallest progress of the federal government.

Here is some information on an upcoming webinar to discuss sustainability and water systems decision making from the National Association of Development Agencies. In light of an ever-changing climate, increasingly stressed infrastructure, and growing financial pressures, integrated water management and embedding sustainability into daily practices is becoming more and more important to the success of water systems. Join the Environmental Finance Center Network for a free webinar on October 9 at 11 a.m. PT that will provide strategies for integrating sustainability into daily decisions making for water systems and highlight lessons learned on how small water systems can apply these practices into their everyday operations. Click here to learn more and register.

Headline from The Hill states – Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren’t we talking about them? Click here for the story.

The following narrative on Vision Zero is taken from WSDOT. “From 2012 through 2014, the time period analyzed in the Vision Zero plan, 1,336 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Washington State. We have to ask ourselves: How many deaths and serious injuries are “acceptable” on Washington’s roadways? How many of your family members would it be “acceptable” to lose to traffic crashes each year? Ten? Five? Of course, the answer is none. Zero. The goal of every Washington State citizen should be zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads and highways. The personal, financial, and societal loss for every person killed or injured in traffic crashes is enormous. The loss of even one family member, co-worker, or friend is unacceptable. That’s why Washington State has adopted Target Zero — a goal to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington’s roadways to zero by the year 2030. Our goal is zero deaths and serious injuries, because every life counts.” The CWCOG (Metropolitan Planning Organization has supported the Washington and Oregon Safety Performance Measures and will continue to support the Vision Zero effort.

Pedestrian safety information from the FHWA “In 2018, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians died in the United States, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association– the highest total number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990. Pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017, while other traffic fatalities decreased by six percent. The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes proven countermeasures at pedestrian crossings to reduce growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities. The seven countermeasures include: crosswalk visibility enhancements, raised crosswalks, refuge islands, Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs), Road Diets, and Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs).

The FHWA Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations details a six-step process to help agencies select countermeasures for uncontrolled crossing locations.

Community Development / Other
Here is a link on Cybersecurity Training. The NICE Framework, NIST Special Publication 800-181, is a national focused resource that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work. The NICE Framework establishes a taxonomy and common lexicon that describes cybersecurity work and workers irrespective of where or for whom the work is performed. The NICE Framework is intended to be applied in the public, private, and academic sectors. The NICE Framework is comprised of the following components:

  • Categories (7) – A high-level grouping of common cybersecurity functions.
  • Specialty Areas (33) – Distinct areas of cybersecurity work.
  • Work Roles (52) – The most detailed groupings of cybersecurity work comprised of specificknowledgeskills, and abilities required to perform tasks in a work role.

Expectations of high school graduates regarding skill sets is a huge issue. Click here to see a video from the Kauffman Scholars Inc. (Kauffman Foundation) where panelist discuss the skills employers and parents want in new hires and for their students.

Up-coming events and activities

  • Wahkiakum Regional Information Forum, Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 am
  • Lower Columbia Transportation Association, Thursday October 10, 5:30 pm, Parkers Restaurant, reservations needed, call Bill Fashing if you are interested
  • Complete Count Committee, October 16, 2:30 pm, Cowlitz County Historical Museum