Friday, December 6, 2019
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.
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.
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
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