The strategic blueprint for the region is called a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and is required by the EDA to convey the Economic Development District’s priorities.  The CWCOG is responsible for developing and updating a CEDS that identifies the public infrastructure, projects, and programs needed to support economic development. The CEDS identifies strategies for improvement in various business and job sectors of the region and includes trends, indicators, and projects that address the region’s economic development goals. The CEDS is required to be updated every five years in conjunction with our many partners throughout the economic development district. A CEDS action plan will be completed annually that includes economic updates, trends, indicators, and projects that support the CEDS five-year goals, objectives, and strategies.

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update is an annual update to the current 5 year CEDS document that addresses progress and changes made throughout the year.  The update also includes updated demographic information and performance measures for the CEDS objectives.


In preparation for the 2020 Census, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments in conjunction with interested stakeholders formed the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Complete Count Committee. The Complete Count Committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations.

CWCOG staff has conducted outreach to promote census participation. Specifically, it has worked with area libraries who will assist area residents to complete their census questionnaire by making computers available on Census Day for the public to use.

The objective of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. With a Complete Count Committee, we can create localized messaging that resonates with our community. With a clear and concise messaging and outreach, the Complete Count Committee looks forward to taking on the task of motivating residents in the community to fill in and return their Census forms on April 1, 2020.

For 2020 Census Resources, click here.

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, in conjunction with the city of Longview, has awarded forgivable loans to 35 small businesses, specifically micro enterprises, that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A micro enterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise having five or fewer employees, including the owner(s).

The businesses who received funding have a physical location within the city of Longview, have five (5) or fewer employees, and be able to document loss of revenue due to COVID-19 impacts.

Applications were accepted until May 22, 2020 at 12:00pm.

The Program Guidelines can be reviewed here.