Weekly Reader

Friday, November 1, 2019

Economic Development
Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Employment Situation October 2019. Click here for the news release. Details from the release “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 128,000 in October. Job growth has averaged 167,000 per month thus far in 2019, compared with an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018. In October, notable job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, social assistance, and financial activities. Employment declined in motor vehicles and parts manufacturing due to strike activity. Federal government employment also was down, reflecting a drop in the number of temporary jobs for the 2020 Census.”

Last week I shared information on pedestrian fatalities and included 2106 numbers that were mentioned in that reference. Here is the latest information on crashes through 2018 from the US Department of Transportation. See the table on page three. The document shows 7,117 non occupant accident fatalities in 2017 and 7,354 in 2018 which is an increase of 237. Total fatalities decreased by 913 to 36,560 from 2017 to 2018.

According to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) the “U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao recently announced the creation of a new initiative that supports the transportation needs of rural America. The Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative will address the challenges of transportation infrastructure in rural America by analyzing and deploying the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) discretionary funding and financing opportunities in historically neglected areas. DOT has begun engaging with rural transportation stakeholders at events across the country to educate community leaders on funding and financing opportunities, as well as to receive feedback on the program. One of these events included NADO’s Annual Training Conference, where DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary Jannine Miller spoke this week and presented the new initiative. To learn more about the ROUTES initiative, please click here.” Staff is exploring application of the program in the region.

The Washington Active Transportation program is holding an online open house. What you’ll find on the WSDOT Active Transportation Plan Online Open House:

  • A questionnaire that asks a variety of questions regarding active transportation
  • Upcoming events where you can talk with WSDOT staff about active transportation
  • The definition of active transportation
  • Our state routes analysis: How we’re creating decision-making tools to help us identify and prioritize future changes
  • Maps for your feedback: State routes color-coded by Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) and a form for your comments about what you think of this approach.
  • Contacts for questions about a specific project in your region: WSDOT active transportation coordinators

At the National Association of Regional Councils Executive Directors meeting earlier this week I heard a presentation from an executive from WAYMO. WAYMO is a leading firm in the development of autonomous vehicles. Here is a story about the efforts.

Click here for an online video workshop from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation titled Preservation 101.

Community Development / Other
Here is a recent report on the mounting costs of child care from the Washington Department of Commerce. A few highlights from the report are included below.

With the election just around the corner here is a resource from MRSC on Recounts, Ties and other Post-Election Scenarios.

Here is an interesting story titled Does Class Size Make a Difference on the Quality of Our Kids’ Education?

Up-coming events and activities

  • There will not be a CWCOG Board of Directors meeting in November
  • CWCOG Executive Committee, November 29, 1:30 pm

Bonus Material – CWCOG Financial Health


Screen shot from the State Auditor showing the financial status of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments. Click here to access this resource for all Washington public agencies. https://portal.sao.wa.gov/FIT/