Weekly Reader

Friday, January 24, 2020

Economic Development
Workforce Southwest Washington, through the THRIVE program is seeking input on childcare in the region. As childcare is often a major barrier for people looking for and/or maintaining gainful employment this survey delves into the issue. Please share this with employees as possible to assist in this effort. It is only 8 questions and the answers will be used specifically to gather data to see what the need is and how support programs can be developed. All responses are confidential and respondents do not have to provide their personal information.  Please direct people to – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/child-care-needs

A Tourism Campaign Centered on a Lack of Tourists? Click here for the rest of the story.

Here is an interesting map of where our food comes from. According to the author “Our map is a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S. – grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items. To build the map, we brought together information from eight databases, including the Freight Analysis Framework from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which tracks where items are shipped around the country, and Port Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which shows the international ports through which goods are traded…”

Transportation
New building codes under consideration will make new homes ready for electric vehicles. Click here for the story.

The CWCOG Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of $3.8 million in funding to support local transportation improvement projects. The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) is a federal-aid transportation program which provides flexible funding to states and localities for transportation improvement projects. Eligible projects range from transportation planning and construction projects on federally classified highways, roadways, bridge projects, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects. A formula is used to apportion the STBGP funds to each state based on its population as a ratio of the nation’s total population. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) then provides allocations of STBGP funds to the CWCOG, relative to the census information, to advance local priorities within Cowlitz County. Through a call for projects, CWCOG distributes these funds to priority projects within Cowlitz County based on criteria derived from the Regional Transportation Plan 2045 (RTP) goals and policies. CWCOG distributed the $3.8 million to these agencies and projects.

Cowlitz County, South Cloverdale Road ($500,000)

Cowlitz County, South Cloverdale Road/Confer Road Intersection Improvement project ($300,000)

Kelso, West Main Realignment, Phase 2 project ($1,500,000)

Longview, 46th Avenue Street Improvement project ($695,775)

Woodland, Lakeshore Drive Pavement and Pedestrian Improvement project ($845,364).

Community Development / Other
The CWCOG staff has published Fire District Profiles for the districts in our region. Click here to access the information. Watch for a similar set of publications for area school districts. Looking for something similar for your agency, let us know and we will work to develop something to meet your needs.

Here is a link to Census promotional pieces.

Click here for a Ready Nation summary of how some businesses are supporting the Census. Here is a census toolkit for Washington business owners.