Weekly Reader

Friday, January 31, 2020

Economic Development
The CWCOG and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council are hosting the kickoff meeting of the Local investment Network. The Network is an alternative to banks or other commercial lenders. The post-recession credit market has tightened, and offers business an alternative to borrow money from neighbors, customers and others interested in their success.  The Network is a way for investors to make a difference in their own community. Investors can see where their money is going and who it is helping and enables an investor to help build our communities as the unique places they are. Join us on February 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Cowlitz Event Center, 1900 7th Ave in Longview to learn more.

Transportation
Washington and Oregon top the list of bicycle friendly states. Click here for access to the actual state report cards and here for the general article on the issue. The article includes a number of links for improving bicycle friendliness.

The wait is finally over! RiverCities Transit Center is relocating from its temporary hub on 11th Avenue to its re-constructed and expanded building at 1135 12th Avenue on Wednesday, January 29. The project, constructed by local contractor, JH Kelly, was funded through grants from the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration and local sales tax matching funds. The CWCOG Board of Directors provided two grants through the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Block Grant Program for this project. The grants were for $567,100 and $590,000.

According to the National Association of Regional Councils “General Motors will invest $2.2 billion to convert a Detroit assembly plant slated for closure into the manufacturing facility that will be the core of its “all-electric future.” The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant was one of five North American factories GM said it would close in November 2018 but the automaker reversed course as part of an aggressive plan to launch more than 20 battery-electric vehicles by 2023. The first to roll out of what is known locally as the “Poletown Plant” will be an all-electric pickup. It is widely expected to bring back the name, “Hummer,” and will go into production in late 2021. In addition to creating pickups, the plant is also expected to create 2,200 jobs for the area.” Click here for the full story.

Community Development / Other
CENSUS 2020 Resources

Partnership Fact Sheet – Schools

Partnership Fact Sheet – Businesses

Partnership Fact Sheet – Community Organizations

The state has recently developed a new grant portal called the Washington Fund Directory. It is an on-line directory of grant and loan program offered by state agencies, designed to help local governments identify funding sources by category type. Click here for access.

Children under the age of five were the most undercounted in the 2010 census. Click here for the story and what we can do the improve the count in our region.