Weekly Reader

Friday, February 7, 2020

Economic Development
The Port of Woodland has received a letter from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) providing notice of “preliminary selection” of their $3,000,658 request for funding. The Port must still meet additional requirements laid out in the letter and should be moving forward with the project in the near future. This is the second EDA grant opportunity to impact the region in the last 12 months. The other was for the Beech Street Road extension in Longview. That project captured $1.9 million in federal funds. Eligibility for EDA funding is made possible for these projects by the CWCOG’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document that was previously approved by the EDA.

According to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) the “America Walks is now accepting applications for its 2020 Walking College, a six-month remote learning fellowship that culminates in a walking action plan for each participant’s community or region. Fellows learn about walkable design, how to engage decision-makers and the public around walkability plans, and how to foster local advocacy for accessible, livable communities. Twenty-five fellowships are awarded each year. Applications for the 2020 program are due February 28. Learn more at americawalks.org or email Emilie Bahr at ebahr@americawalks.org.”

Community Development / Other
Here are a couple of MRSC beginning of the year links for newly elected officials.

Knowing your roles

What is personal and what is public

Tips for avoiding Open Public Meeting Act violations

The 2020 Census Paid Media Campaign will occur in three phases:

  1. Awareness/Education Phase (Jan. 14 – March 12): Builds immediate awareness and provides educational information about the 2020 Census.
  2. Motivation/Participation Phase (March 13 – May 20): Inspires and motivates the public to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.
  3. Reminder/Nonresponse Follow Up (May 13 – June 28): Continues to remind people to respond to the 2020 Census and to support census takers as they go door-to-door to count households that have not yet responded.
  4. The 2020 Census officially began January 21, in Toksook Bay, Alaska, a remote fishing village located on the Bering Sea. Local census takers get a head start in rural Alaska when the ground is frozen, allowing for easier access to remote villages. Advertising in remote Alaska began in mid-December to provide awareness that census takers will soon visit villages to count the people who live there. Beginning in mid-March, households can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail.