Weekly Reader

Friday, February 28, 2020

Economic Development
Assistant to the Secretary for USDA Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a new interactive webpage to identify best practices for building rural prosperity. “Rural communities need forward-thinking strategies to build strong, resilient futures,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s Rural Development Innovation Center is focused on identifying unique opportunities, pioneering new, creative solutions to tough challenges, and making Rural Development’s programs easier to understand, use and access.” The webpage highlights effective strategies that have been used to create jobs, build infrastructure, strengthen partnerships and promote economic development in rural America.

Hundreds of kids attend Cowlitz County’s first Safety City. Click here for the Daily News story. Robert Stevens, CWCOG transportation planner participated in this event.

Washington’s new safe passing law for bikes is in place. Click here for a story on the issue.

The comment period is open for the Oregon State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). You can find information and comment directly by going to the Oregon 2124 STIP page. Two projects from the Longview/Kelso/Rainier Metropolitan area are included and listed below.

  • US30: Eastbound mile point 48.89 to 50.22 (Rainer), Install lane improvements to reduce collisions.
  • US30: Rainier – Wonderly Road, Design for pavement resurfacing to replace deteriorating wearing course at end of its useful life.

Community Development / Other
In less than a month, the internet portal and phone lines open up for self-response to the Census 2020! Links to three Census 2020 resources are listed below that will help you to be ready to complete the Census documents that will include 10 questions, take 10 minutes and will ensure equitable federal and state funding for our region for the next 10 years.

Questions and answers for stakeholders supporting the Census

Fact SheetHow the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond

Sample 2020 Census Questionnaires: Paper, Online (Preview)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch (Corps) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will be conducting free outreach events open to the public.  This series of events is intended to provide a brief overview of each agency’s regulatory authority as well as coordination efforts between the agencies. The Corps will provide information regarding authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. Ecology will provide information regarding authorization under Section 401 of the CWA and their role in other state and local law implementation.  Following the presentations, Corps and Ecology representatives will be available for questions and discussion as time allows. Due to limited space, registration is required.  Please RSVP to evan.g.carnes@usace.army.mil.

Cowlitz July 28, 2020 10:00 – 2:00 Longview Public Library

1600 Louisiana St, Longview, WA 98632

*Please use street parking, library lot is for staff and patrons only

Wahkiakum August 13, 2020 10:00 – 2:00 River Street Meeting Room

25 River Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612

Taken from the Washington Department of Health. “As you may already know, the world is experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus can spread from person to person, and cases have been detected in a number of countries internationally and in the United States. At this time, the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is considered to be low. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation, so we are encouraging businesses and employers throughout Washington to be informed and prepared.

Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading, including avoiding stigma and related discrimination.

Here are some resources that may be helpful to you and your employees: