Weekly Reader

Friday, December 20, 2019

Sampling of 2019 CWCOG 2019 Activities

  1. We’re growing! 2 new members – PUD 1 of Wahkiakum County and the 911 Public Authority
  2. Completed the Intelligent Transportation System Architecture for the Longview/Kelso/Rainier Metropolitan Planning Area
  3. Member agencies obligated federal funding for local projects in the amount of $768,230 in Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) directed grant funds for transportation alternatives to 9 projects in the five-county region and $2,783,061 to 9 general transportation projects in Cowlitz County – These are funds the RTPO Board or the CWCOG Board of Directors awarded
  4. Publishing of a quarterly grants newsletter
  5. City of Longview received a $1,900,000 grant for the Beech Street extension project as a result of the Economic Development District CEDS document being in place

Thanks to our outgoing CWCOG Board of Directors members for their commitment to

Working Together to Enhance Our Region

Susan Humbyrd, City of Woodland

Bob Kizziar, Wahkiakum Port District Number 1

Rosemary Siipola, City of Kalama

Scott Vydra, City of Longview

Sue Cameron, Town of Cathlamet

Jeff Cameron, Cowlitz Transit Authority

Others may be announced when committee assignments from all member agencies are finalized.

Economic Development
According to the Washington Department of Commerce they are “expanding on the success of its original economic gardening program to help second-stage companies increase revenues and position for growth. Based on the Edward Lowe Foundation’s System for Integrated Growth (SiG) framework, Thrive! connects chief executive officers to subject matter experts who provide them with data, analytics, best practices and strategies that are typically only available to larger corporations. The ideal candidate for Thrive! is a company that’s been in operation in Washington for at least two years, has between six and 99 employees, achieved $1 to $25 million in annual revenue and has demonstrated an appetite and aptitude to handle additional growth.” Please share this link with your contacts that may have interest –http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/programs/thrive/.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for States, Counties and School Districts, click here for access to the full data set. Let us know if you need assistance with the data analysis.

The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) was formed in 1982 to respond to local economic development in Washington communities. CERB provides funding to local governments and federally recognized tribes for public infrastructure that supports private business growth and expansion. CERB is recruiting an open board member position: Position #1, Large Business, West of the Cascades. Applicants for this position must be employed by a large business located west of the Cascade Mountains. More information about CERB can be found on our website: www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb Questions? Barbara Smith, Program Assistant at Barbara.Smith@commerce.wa.gov, or (360) 725-3169. Please share with your contacts that may have interest.

WSDOT has recently published two reports they are legislatively mandated to produce: the 2018 Summary of Public Transportation and the 2019 Public Transportation Mobility Report. The Summary of Public Transportation every year since 1978. It serves as the central document for statewide, public transportation data including ridership by each agency and a statewide perspective. The Mobility Report presents narratives and performance data for the Regional Mobility, Special Needs, and Rural Mobility grant programs. It details WSDOT’s ongoing effort to carry out the vision of Connecting Washington and implement the Washington State Public Transportation Plan. Additionally, it contains an update on the Transportation Demand Management Technical Committee (formerly the Commute Trip Reduction Board), the State Agency Commute Trip Reduction Program, and the Small Business Transit Pass Incentive Grant.

Here is an easy to read article  from the industrial perspective on The Top 10 Technologies to Watch in 2020.

The CWCOG Board of Directors approved the Washington and Oregon Safety Performance measures for the Metropolitan Planning Area. The performance measures are intended to support efforts to put into place countermeasures to decrease the number of accidents resulting in fatalities or serious injuries. Watch for additional information on this topic over the coming months.

Community Development / Other

Here is a quick PSA video on How the 2020 Census Data will be used.

Here are a few items on homelessness compiled by the National Association of Regional Councils – from Route 50 – Cities Increasingly Enacting Bans Restricting Actions of Homeless People
A new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty indicates cities across the country have adopted more legislation that effectively criminalizes homelessness. The report found that between 2016 and 2019, cities increasingly enacted laws that ban camping, sleeping in cars, and sharing food. At the same time, federal courts in recent years have struck down several local government laws that restrict what homeless people can do in public spaces, including bans on panhandling and sleeping outdoors. The National Law Center report suggests that rising rents, stagnant wages, and a decline in federally-subsidized housing have led to a shortage of affordable housing units and exacerbated the homeless crisis. The report argues that long-term strategies focused on getting homeless people into housing would be more effective at addressing homelessness than the adoption of civil or criminal penalties.

The next edition of the Reader will go out on January 10.

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2020.