Weekly Reader

Monday, May 18, 2020

Economic Development
From The Cowlitz Economic Development Council – The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington COVID-19 Response Committee has partnered with Pathways 2020 and Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC) to provide up to $50,000 for Pathways 2020/CEDC Commercial Rent Relief Grants.  Please refer to the CEDC website for qualifying information and a link to the application. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

From Workforce Southwest Washington – Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, and Clark counties

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the truck transportation sector had 1,523,900 employees as of March. In April, that figure dropped to 1,435,600. Click here for the full story.

According to the Marine Administration website, “Each year on May 22 our country celebrates National Maritime Day. The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.” Click here for more information.

Community Development / Other
Efforts to expand access to telehealth services amid the coronavirus pandemic are already making a major difference in rural communities, health care providers say, but there’s more to do to ensure those advances last beyond the crisis. More from US News

The following is from workforce southwest Washington as part of a recent report from Kevin Perkey – results from a Washington State Medical Association survey published on May 5 speak to the financial impact COVID-19 has had on physician practices in Washington. While the survey considers only 136 independent physicians and is a snapshot into an industry that has seemingly been recession-proof, it shows that no industry is COVID-proof. Southwest Washington clinics, both independent and part of healthcare systems have been part of this stark reality. Dental assistants, dental hygienists, massage therapists, medical assistants and registered nurses are the top five occupations filing the greatest number of unemployment claims in the healthcare industry.

On May 1, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020 and outlined his phased “Safe Start” approach for resuming recreational, social and business activities. Click here for the state website.

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provided these new and updated resources.

Federal Resources:

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  • Upcoming Virtual Events & Training:
    • The Aspen Instituteis hosting the webinar “Increasing Equity in a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Potential for Growing Worker Ownership” on May 19 at 2 p.m. ET. How can these strategies help shape the economic rebuilding that is to come? How can they address the inequalities and inequities that have divided our society and help us build a more resilient economy? Click here to learn more and register.
    • On May 21 at 2 p.m. ET, join the National Association of Countiesfor the webinar “Tracking a Moving Target: Researching the Impact of COVID-19 on County Governments.” This webinar will highlight how NACo has been tracking the impact of COVID-19 on county workers, budgets, economies, and communities, and how counties are stepping up with key policies, programs, and services to save residents’ lives now and prepare for recovery later. Click here to learn more and register.
    • Join the Environmental Finance Center Networkon May 21 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “Ask the Expert: Protecting and Investing in the Water Workforce through COVID-19 and Beyond.” This presentation will include a brief overview of long-term economic, workforce, and infrastructure investment trends, and include a facilitated discussion of participant questions with a subject matter expert. Click here to learn more and register.

According to the US Census Bureau, “The first results from the new U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey released today show a large negative effect from COVID-19 for the majority (51.4%) of respondents and an expectation that it will take more than six months for their businesses to return to normal.” Click here for the full story from the US Census.