Weekly Reader

Friday, December 6, 2019

Economic Development
Get information about Commerce’s diverse portfolio of programs and services, budget, contacts and priorities from our Agency Resource Book. The updated edition is available now from their website.

According to the Kauffman Foundation Here is what it means to be pro-business. “for too long and for too many policymakers, being “pro-business” has come to represent favoring big business, writes Jason Wiens, Kauffman’s director of policy. When government acts to help American businesses, support is heavily skewed toward established businesses – not scrappy and striving new business owners and entrepreneurs. This is despite of the fact that new businesses created by entrepreneurs are the primary source of almost all net new jobs. 

The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) is a great resource for the region. Check out the technical assistance webpage link: http://infrafunding.wa.gov/techAssistance.html. IACC can also provide assistance through informal meetings between state and federal staff and your project leadership.  These informal technical assistance meetings are often referred to as “Tech Teams”.  The information you provide is used to bring together the right mix of regulatory and financial program staff to move your project forward.  The intent of these meetings is to:

  • Discuss the infrastructure issue you are facing
  • Understand your unique situation
  • Explore multiple solution options.
  • Create an actionable plan to move forward.
  • Move your project from problem to success.

To take advantage of this opportunity fill out the Infrastructure Technical Assistance Request form.

From the BLS – Payroll employment rises by 266,000 in November; unemployment rate changes little at 3.5%.

Don’t forget to spread the word about the Small Business Finance Workshop scheduled for Monday, December 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Longview Library.

Transportation
Staff attended a briefing with Senator Murray on the impacts of I-976 on transportation in the region. Testimony included a variety of concerns from throughout the state. A few links on the topic are included below. Washington State Transit Association Newsletter. Here is an update on the impacts of I-976 from MRSC. Here is a link to a letter from WSDOT Secretary Millar sent regarding the postponement of projects across the state.

Here are a couple of articles relating to maintenance and preservation of the state road system. Glidepath to Failure, Local Road Funds off Track.

Community Development / Other
SAVE THE DATE and SPREAD THE WORD…

Invitees:    People and organizations involved in the 1980 eruption and cleanup

Event:       Mount St. Helens 40th Reunion

Date:         Saturday, May 16th

Time:         Open House 9 am to noon

Place:         Toutle Lake High School Community Room, 5050 Spirit Lake Hwy Toutle, WA

See the following Census information breakdown from the Project on Government Oversight that shows the funding allocations of Census based funding. These five programs and their associated FY 2017 funding in Washington are:

Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies

CFDA Number: 84.010

Total for Washington: $226,072,598

Cowlitz County: $4,642,458

Wahkiakum County: $123,672

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) – Entitlement Program

CFDA Number: 14.218

Total for Washington l: $40,033,059

Cowlitz County: $279,691

Wahkiakum County: N/A – Wahkiakum is not an entitlement county and does not have an entitlement community within

the county.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Total for Washington: $48,186,137

Southwest Washington (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum): $4,430,765

WIOA Youth Activities

CFDA Number: 17.259

Total for Washington: $15,857,682

Southwest Washington (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum): $1,437,310

WIOA Adult Activities

CFDA Number: 17.258

Total for Washington: $14,704,347

Southwest Washington (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum): $1,364,456

WIOA Dislocated Worker Program

CFDA Number: 17.278

Total for Washington: $17,624,108

Southwest Washington (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum): $1,628,999

Up-coming events and activities

  • December 9, 6:00 to 7:30, Small Business Finance Workshop, Longview Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview
  • December 11, 10:00 am to noon, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization Board, 25 River Street, River Street Meeting Room, Cathlamet
  • December 19, Noon to 1:00 pm, CWCOG Board of Directors, Cowlitz Event Center