Weekly Reader

Friday, February 21, 2020

Economic Development
Best and Worst States for business – click here for the story from Area Development Magazine. Washington is ranked third in this listing while Oregon is twenty-third, Idaho is seventh and California is thirteenth. Always remember to check out the methodology and assumptions as you explore this type of ranking to identify the bias’s that are in all such rankings.

Check out the Human Skills Matrix or click here for the full infographic.

Watch for additional information on the rescheduled Local Investor Network program kickoff meeting on March 31 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Transportation
The Regional Transportation Planning Organization Board meet this week and discussed a variety of issues impacting transportation in Southwest Washington. Of note, staff presented an update on the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) where 32 new projects were added. The total estimate of projects slated for development during the life of the 2020 – 2023 RTIP is $189.9 million in federal funds, $104.4 in state funds and $15.1 million in local funds throughout the five-county region. The RTIP only includes projects with federal funds. The CWCOG’s online map outlines each of the projects listed in the RTIP.

Community Development / Other
Respect doesn’t mean we have to agree, compromise, or give in. It does mean we must have constructive conversations and exchanges of ideas.” Robbie Bach, Speaker, Author and Consultant

Statistics in Schools brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau data to create materials for use year after year at all grade levels. Join the Census Bureau March 2-6 for Statistics in Schools (SIS) Week: Everyone Counts! to help make a difference for your students, school, and community. Each day, classrooms will take part in engaging activities that underscore the importance of responding to the 2020 Census and counting everyone, especially children. At week’s end, teachers will send students home with a flyer to help the adults in their home understand the importance of completing the census and counting everyone in their home. Mark your calendar now and explore our SIS Week Educator Roadmap to learn how you can help us ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census.

From Stateline “Many U.S. residents suspect that their answers to the census count that kicks off next month will be used against them, according to an Urban Institute survey released today. The results show the need for more reassurance that answers are private and help communities get funding, said Michael Karpman, a research associate at the Washington, D.C.-based institute.” Click here for the story. Click here for information from the Census address this issue.