Weekly Reader

Friday, November 8, 2019

Economic Development
There Could Be Millions More Americans Living in Poverty Than Officially Reported – Click here for the story.

Discover how the city of Montrose, Colorado, built a brand for their community that paid dividends in tourism, business development, and resident engagement. Read more in the ICMA Blog.

How Communities Can Build Psychological Resilience to Disaster. Click here for the story.

From Smart Incentives, “Program and technical fixes to the Opportunity Zone program would allow the incentive to better serve the needs of small businesses, according to experts testifying before the US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. Click here for the story.

Hey Kids, Let’s Start a Manufacturing Company – click here for the story.

Transportation
CWCOG is conducting a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Survey and wants to hear from private trucking companies or other freight-dependent businesses; city or county governments; port districts; and state or federal government agencies. However, the survey is not limited to people from businesses or agencies. Anyone interested in future technologies and how it may impact the freight industry, or the overall transportation system is invited to complete the survey. Please forward this information to others that may have interest. To access the survey please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAVFreightSurvey. Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your feedback! 

Community Development / Other
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement on the results of Initiative 976 from the recent general election. “It is clear that the majority of voters objected to current car tab levels. It is also clear that this vote means there will be adverse impacts on our state transportation system. I believe Washingtonians recognize the need to support a safe and reliable transportation system which includes buses, light rail, and ferries and is essential to support our robust economy, ease congestion and fight climate change. Accordingly, in response to the will of the people, I am taking immediate action. I have directed the Washington State Department of Transportation to postpone projects not yet underway. I have also asked other state agencies that receive transportation funding, including the Washington State Patrol and Department of Licensing, to defer non-essential spending as we review impacts. I will work with legislators, agency leadership and stakeholders on how best to respond to the impacts of this initiative. I remain committed to finding solutions to meet Washington’s growing and urgent transportation needs.”

Your guide to the 2020 Census is a resource to assist in completing the 2020 Census. Click here for the guide and here for access to the guide in languages other than English. Please share this with your staff and other associates.

The Imperfect Art of Tracking Local Government Financial Stress – click here for the story.

What is Congress tweeting about? (Interactive)

Up-coming events and activities

  • There will not be a CWCOG Board of Directors meeting in November
  • CWCOG Executive Committee, November 26, 1:30 pm