Weekly Reader

Friday, November 15, 2019

Economic Development
CWCOG staff participated in the recent regional career expo and talked to area students about the types of jobs available at the CWCOG and the skills needed to be successful. The Kelso Longview Chamber event included 70 are employers and an estimated 2500 students.

The Business Case for Civics – click here for a brief article from the US Chamber and access to their new report.

“Small-business owners’ optimism continues to edge up in 2019. In the latest quarterly Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey, conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 4, the overall index is at +142, up from +136 in July and +129 in April.” Click here for the story from Gallup. In contrast, a recent CNBC and Survey Monkey survey finds that a majority of Americans surveyed say they think the US will fall into a recession next year. Click here to access the story.

From the Census – 10 years after the recession, housing costs ease for homeowners. Click here for the full story.

Transportation
WSDOT is holding an online open house for the state active transportation plan and it is now live and ready for people to read and respond by Nov. 30.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently declared November 3-10 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®. According to NSF, more than 1 in 4 Americans do not get enough sleep on most nights, adversely affecting their health, performance, and safety. Before getting behind the wheel, ask yourself, “Am I alert enough to drive?” click here for more information and here for the Drowsy Driving Consensus Working Group’s 2016 report. This is a year-round safety issues impacting our roads.

Community Development / Other
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. Watch this new Public Service Announcement (PSA) by the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about what the 2020 Census is, why it’s written in the U.S. Constitution, and why it’s important. Click here to access the video. Please share with others.

According to the National Association of Regional Councils at least 1,688 dams across the U.S. pose risks to down river properties. “Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, the nation’s dams are over a half-century old on average. Some are no longer adequate to handle the intense rainfall and floods of a changing climate. A two-year investigation by the Associated Press involved a review of federal data and reports obtained under state open records laws which identified 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates it would take more than $70 billion to repair and modernize the nation’s more than 90,000 dams. Unlike much other infrastructure, most U.S. dams are privately owned making it difficult for regulators to require improvements from operators who are unable or unwilling to pay the steep costs.” Click here for additional information.

Training Opportunity  – plan to attend this training on Net Neutrality scheduled for December 6, 10:00-11:00 AM PT. The D.C. Circuit has recently ruled (mostly) in favor of the Federal Communication Commission’s order retreating from net neutrality. This National League of Cities and State and Local Legal Center webinar will provide a non-technical explanation of the court’s ruling. Speakers will also explain how this ruling will impact state and local governments and what authority states and localities have to enact net neutrality laws and policies in their own jurisdictions.

Here is an interesting article and video that explains urban planning and how it fits into the puzzle.

Up-coming events and activities

  • No CWCOG Board of Directors Meeting in November
  • CWCOG Executive Committee, Tuesday, November 26 at 1:30 PM
  • CWCOG office closed November 28 and 29