Wenatchee awarded nearly $1 million in state funding for McKittrick Street extension project

Community Economic Revitalization Board grant and loan will support $2.4 million private partner investment, create estimated 90 jobs.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $973,185 in public infrastructure development funding targeting business growth and job creation in the Wenatchee, Chelan County.

A $859,409 loan and a $113,776 grant to the city of Wenatchee is for the McKittrick Street Extension Project, State funding is awarded for the purchase of a right-of-way and partial demolition of a damaged warehouse. The remainder of the warehouse will be used by the project private partner, Diamond Foundry, LLC. The company will invest $2,400,000, creating 96 jobs, as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $243,296 in local resources.

“CERB projects represent an important partnership between the state and local communities resulting in enhanced economic vitality. This project represents the much-needed diversification of industry in the rural areas of our state. The board is pleased to collaborate with the City of Wenatchee to create permanent private sector jobs for Washington families,” said CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

“State investments in public infrastructure strengthen rural communities by helping them attract and keep job-creating employers,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Many local governments are struggling to improve and maintain facilities that enable economic growth. Tools such as CERB’s committed private partner program are vital to making the necessary funding possible.”

The release of CERB funds to this project is contingent upon the applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $176 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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State board approves $100K to study Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Center

Community Economic Revitalization Board awards grants for feasibility studies in Snohomish County

OLYMPIA, WA – The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced $100,000 toward public infrastructure development and new economic feasibility studies on the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center near Smokey Point in Snohomish County. The center spans over 4,000 acres including land within the boundaries of both Arlington and Marysville, with close access to Paine Field and Interstate 5. Capacity for additional development includes partially used, redevelopment and vacant sites.

The CERB funding approved yesterday afternoon will help pay for two consecutive feasibility studies to establish a master plan, economic development, an investment and transportation strategy to facilitate infrastructure improvements and accommodate, attract, and retain industrial and manufacturing uses.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Arlington for its portion of the center, approximately 57 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Marysville for its portion of the center, approximately 44 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

“The Community Economic Revitalization Board is dedicated to helping communities across the state develop the infrastructure to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs. These investments will have a positive economic impact at a time when it is needed the most,” said CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

“I applaud this collaboration between the cities of Arlington and Marysville toward a regional economic development strategy that can potentially multiply the impact of the state’s investment,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Working together, they are creating opportunities for new business growth and manufacturing jobs that will strengthen communities throughout Snohomish County.”

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $176 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.5 million in infrastructure projects

Grants and low-interest loans will support economic development in Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish counties

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2,572,039 in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Douglas County, Port of Pasco, Port of Port Townsend, Pacific County, Port of Anacortes, and City of Everett.

Douglas County – $291,552 loan and $87,412 grant to the Port of Douglas County for the Giga Watt Construction Project. It will extend domestic water, industrial irrigation water and sanitary sewer lines, install power conduit, vaults, landscaping, street lighting and storm water facilities, and excavate, compact and pave roadway into the property with a cul-de-sac for fire truck turn around. Giga Watt will invest $20 million, retaining 16 jobs and creating 61 jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $94,741 in local resources.

Franklin County – $1.7 million loan and $300,000 grant to the Port of Pasco for ARM Aerial Research Facility Project. This committed private partner project will construct a 17,727 square foot pre-engineered metal building frame with metal sheeting and a metal roof. The U.S. Department of Energy will base $26 million worth of sophisticated scientific equipment in this building, retaining 15 jobs and creating three jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $600,000 in local resources.

Jefferson County – $50,000 grant to Port of Port Townsend for a feasibility study to develop a business plan for the properties at the Quilcene Marina and industrial site that will support tenant growth, financial sustainability of the port and other community benefits. CERB funds are matched by $17,000 in local resources.

Pacific County – $49,200 grant to Pacific County for a feasibility study to develop an overall economic development plan addressing stagnant economic growth in Pacific County, including six identified geographic/culturally distinct sub-planning areas. CERB funds are matched by $16,400 in local resources.

Skagit County – $50,000 grant to Port of Anacortes to develop a real estate strategy that will include a market assessment, conceptual site planning and business plan for the port’s waterfront properties. CERB funds are matched by $29,000 in local resources.

Snohomish County – $45,000 grant to the City of Everett for the Everett Innovation Center. This is a feasibility study to finalize construction requirements, financial support and operations of the proposed center. CERB funds are matched by $13,500 in local resources.

“The CERB Program is designed to respond to emergent business development needs for public infrastructure and provide long-range feasibility planning to help communities plan for future business development. The projects approved today are perfect examples of how CERB partners with our communities.” said CERB Chair David Rhoden

“These targeted investments from Washington state’s capital budget are essential to building the infrastructure needed to support economic growth and create jobs that strengthen our rural communities,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the state Department of Commerce.

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.
Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $174 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Contacts:

Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106

Janea Eddy, CERB Program Director & Tribal Liaison, (360) 725-3151

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Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $4.9 million in nine counties

Two of largest projects include private partner investments of $120 million by Sunnyside Community Hospital Association for new hospital construction and $10 million by KW Partners/FedEx at Port of Everett.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $4,956,250 in grants and low-interest loans for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies in nine counties across the state. The projects target business growth and job creation in Chelan, Clallam, Cowlitz, Grant, Lewis, Lincoln, Snohomish, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.

Two of the largest projects – Sunnyside Community Hospital and Riverside Business Park at the Port of Everett – bring $130 million in committed private partner investment. A third big construction project at the Port of Chehalis, estimates $30 million will be invested there.

Chelan County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Chelan County for a feasibility study to assess and create an inventory of land and buildings in Chelan County, zoned for various types of industrial and commercial development. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Clallam County – $50,000 grant to the City of Sequim for the Bell Creek Economic Opportunity Area Plan. This is a “subarea plan” to include site analysis, market analysis, and direction for future development within the Bell Creek Economic Opportunity Area (EOA). CERB funds are matched by $17,000 in local resources.

Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Woodland for a feasibility study and market analysis to determine the practicality of constructing dark fiber infrastructure for two routes independently, the return on investment in infrastructure, and the market needs based on the rural makeup of the routes. CERB funds are matched by $25,000 in local resources.

Grant County – $50,000 grant to the City of Soap Lake for the Mineral Water System Plan. This is a feasibility study to assess the capital facilities in the water system, prepare cost estimates for proposed upgrades, develop a debt and revenue impact analysis and provide an assessment of environmental impacts and permitting. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Lewis County – $665,000 loan and a $100,000 grant to the Port of Chehalis for the Pinnacle Construction Project. This prospective development consists of site preparation to include construction of earthwork, roads, underground utilities (water, sanitary sewer, electricity, telecommunications) and storm water management, which will result in a nine-acre building pad. The port estimates that 234 jobs will be created and $30 million will be invested as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $1.4 million in local resources.

Lincoln County – $50,000 grant to the county for a feasibility study for a highest and best use analysis of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Snohomish County – $1.85 million loan to the Port of Everett for the Riverside Business Park Improvements construction project. This committed private partner project consists of a connecting road, upgraded fire flow and re-route and installation of power, water, sewer and storm water utilities. Partners KW Projects/FedEx, will invest $10 million, resulting in 50 jobs retained and 49 new jobs created. CERB funds are matched by $1,096,000 in local resources.

Walla Walla County – $50,000 grant to the City of College Place for the Central College Place Planning Study. This is a feasibility study for a site appropriateness survey, a location analysis, a marketing strategy and a preliminary infrastructure analysis to determine if the 10-acre site is appropriate for light industrial use. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Yakima County – $2 million loan to the City of Sunnyside for the Sunnyside Community Hospital construction project. This committed private partner project consists of construction of domestic water, fire protection, sanitary sewer and transportation improvements to the new hospital site. Partner Sunnyside Community Hospital Association will invest $120 million, retaining 523 jobs and creating 32 new jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $1 million in local resources.

Yakima County – $41,250 grant to the Port of Sunnyside for a feasibility study that will include an infrastructure analysis, conceptual site plan, economic feasibility study, marketing study and wage analysis for the Miles Smith Property. CERB funds are matched by $13,750 in local resources.

“These projects represent the range of projects that CERB funds — projects that lead to job growth across the state through infrastructure development and planning,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden. “The board is pleased to collaborate with each of these communities as they work to create permanent private-sector jobs.”

“Washington’s economy was the fastest growing in the nation last year, yet we know that many parts of our state are not full participants in that prosperity,” said Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Attractive financing tools provided by CERB are essential to strengthening rural communities and a good investment in our shared economic future.”

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.
Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $163 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private-sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Contact:

Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $850,000 in public infrastructure

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $850,000 in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the cities of Othello and Airway Heights, for the Makah Tribe, and at the Port of Sunnyside.

  • Adams County – $50,000 grant to the City of Othello for a feasibility study to implement the first phase of the city’s water supply plan, which includes constructing a new well, pump station and reservoir. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.
  • Clallam County – $50,000 grant to the Makah Tribe for the Cape Flattery Fishermen’s Co-op Expansion project. A feasibility study will develop a strategy to upgrade the processing plant potential to increase value-added production, new sales and job creation. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
  • Spokane County – $50,000 grant to the city of Airway Heights for a feasibility study to develop a master plan for the Airway Heights Industrial Center. The project will produce a “highest and best use” analysis, an economic feasibility assessment, identification of priority development sites, a “planned action ordinance” to facilitate development of those sites and a targeted infrastructure funding and development strategy for the area. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
  • Yakima County – $400,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to the Port of Sunnyside for the Varietal Beer Company construction project. This committed private partner project consists of modifying an existing 5,500-square-foot cement block building for use as a brewery, taproom and bottling facility.  Varietal Beer Company will invest $405,000 in a 10-barrel brewing system, creating 23 permanent jobs. CERB funds were matched by $300,000 in local resources.

“Our role is to be responsive to local needs by making timely and smart investment decisions. CERB has a proven track record for being a good steward of public money and an advocate for local communities,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden.

“CERB is helping strengthen rural communities by investing in public facilities that enable new and existing businesses to provide good jobs,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $163 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects.

Local Contacts:

City of Othello: Wade Farris, City Administrator, 509-488-5686
Makah Tribe: Crystal Hottowe, Grant Writer, 360-645-3292
City of Airway Heights: Derrick Braaten, Development Services Director, 509-244-2552
Port of Sunnyside: Jay Hester, Executive Director, 509-839-7678

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News Release: State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $1.9 million in four rural communities

Grants and low-interest loans will support economic development in Clark, Grant, Mason and Yakima counties

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $1,988,750 in grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation in Clark County, the cities of George and Yakima, and the port of Shelton.

· Clark County – $50,000 grant for a feasibility study to complete preliminary scoping on the I-5/NE 179th Street project. The plan includes a practical design concept in consultation with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), survey, traffic modeling and analysis, design and engineering, construction phasing and permitting. CERB funds are matched by $25,000 in local resources.

· Grant County – $1.2 million loan and a $300,000 grant to the city of George for Industrial Park No. 5 water system improvements for Ancient Lake Wine Company. This committed private partner project consists of design and construction of approximately 6,000 feet of 16-inch water transmission main, valves, fittings, appurtenances, and surface restoration. Ancient Lake Wine Company, LLC will invest $46 million in a 9,000-ton wine grape processing facility, creating or retaining 55 permanent jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds were matched by $403,000 in local public resources.

· Mason County – $160,000 loan and a $160,000 grant to the Port of Shelton for expansion of Johns Prairie Industrial Park for Fraser MetalWorks. This committed private partner project consists of the conversion of an existing 11,600-square-foot structure into a steel fabrication assembly building that includes space for manufacturing and testing of industrial electrical control panels. Fraser MetalWorks will invest $1,269,500 in a 3,000-square-foot expansion, steel fabrication machinery and equipment, and create or retain 69 permanent jobs as a result of this project. The CERB grant is matched by $400,000 in local resources.

· Yakima County – $50,000 grant to the City of Yakima for a feasibility study to refine the concept of a public market and mixed-use incubator/commercial kitchen. The study will address final location selection, layout, conceptual drawings and estimated construction budget. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

“CERB has a 35-year history of investing in Washington’s economic future by encouraging new development and expansion plus retaining existing jobs in the state. The projects in George and Shelton are good examples of the application of CERB as an economic development tool to support business growth in the state,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden.

“CERB is an important tool to help in our efforts to strengthen Washington communities by supporting industrial growth. These planning projects are examples of the depth and breadth of state-local collaboration required to prepare attractive sites for future business development and new job creation,” said Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $163 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB.
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Contact: Penny Thomas, Commerce Press Office, (206) 256-6106

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NEWS RELEASE: Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.3 million to grow local economies

Funds will support economic development in Clark, Cowlitz, Douglas and Whitman counties

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $2,353,500 for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Camas-Washougal, Port of Ridgefield, city of Woodland, Port of Douglas County, and city of Colfax.

  • Clark County – $1,700,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to the Port of Camas-Washougal for 50,000-square foot Industrial Building #18 construction project. This prospective development project is to construct a new 50,000 square foot metal pre-fab building, slab on grade, in Steigerwald Commerce Center. The estimated private investment is $1,000,000, with an estimated 70 permanent jobs to be created, as a result of this project. CERB funds were matched by $3,750,000 in local resources.
  • Clark County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Ridgefield for Dark Fiber Optics – Needs Assessment/Feasibility Study. This is a feasibility study to assess the need, cost and rate of return related to constructing a fiber optic broadband “loop” around the Ridgefield Port District. CERB funds were matched by $50,000 in local resources.
  • Cowlitz County – $22,500 grant to the city of Woodland for Downtown Façade Improvement Plan. This feasibility study will conduct a market analysis, develop a property inventory, review and revise existing city codes, identify needed resources and create a façade improvement program. CERB funds were matched by $7,500 in local resources.
  • Douglas County – $107,500 loan and a $300,000 grant to the Port of Douglas County for the Lot 17 Development and Infrastructure Construction project, for Salcido Enterprises. LLC. This committed private partner project consists of installing power conduits and vaults, landscaping, and storm water facilities; water line and sanity sewer line extensions; roadway improvements. Salcido Enterprises, LLC will invest $10,000,000 in a 32,400 square foot building and create or retain 47 permanent jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds were matched by $85,000 in local resources.
  • Whitman County – $36,000 grant to the city of Colfax for the Lower A Street Industrial Park Wastewater Siphon Engineering Plan. This is a feasibility study to develop engineering plans for six wastewater siphons, location analysis, cost-benefit analysis and site appropriateness for more active warehousing use. CERB funds were matched by $12,000 in local resources.
  • “CERB’s role is to be responsive to local needs by making timely and smart investment decisions. The board is pleased to collaborate with each of these communities to plan for future private sector jobs for Washington families,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden

    “CERB’s mission of creating jobs and sustainable rural economies is vital to our work in strengthening communities throughout the state. Working together, we provide targeted support for local governments and tribes to help them envision and achieve a resilient economic future,” said Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

    The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

    Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $206 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 34,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.7 billion ($27 to $1) return on CERB investment. CERB recently released the 2016 Biennial Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) Legislative Report.

    As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.
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    Contact: Penny Thomas, Commerce Press Office, (206) 256-6106

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    NEWS RELEASE: Board grants $255K for feasibility studies in 6 communities

    OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $255,000 in grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation for the cities of Washougal, Aberdeen and Tumwater, Pacific County and the Cowlitz and Kalispel tribes.

    • Clark County – $50,000 grant to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for the Cowlitz Indian Reservation Site Plan and Development Feasibility Study. This is a feasibility study to develop a master plan for approximately 156 acres of the Cowlitz Indian Reservation for future economic development. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
    • Clark County – $50,000 grant to the City of Washougal for the Washougal Town Center Transportation – Infrastructure Study. This is a feasibility study to develop a transportation and infrastructure plan, for 85 acres of vacant and redevelopment land in the Town Center District. CERB funds were matched by $25,000 in local resources.
    • Grays Harbor County – $50,000 grant to the City of Aberdeen for the SR520 Casting Basin Alternative Analysis Plan. This is a feasibility study to conduct a highest and best use analysis for the former SR520 Casting Basin (Pontoon Site) in Aberdeen. CERB funds were matched by $18,000 in local resources.
    • Pacific County – $50,000 grant to the Pacific County for the Storm Water Management at Hardwoods Mill Site Plan. This is a feasibility study to develop a comprehensive stormwater management plan for the Pacific Hardwoods site. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
    • Pend Oreille County – $25,000 grant to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians for the Lodging and Amenities Feasibility Study. This is a feasibility study to develop and vet a lodging plan that will include complimentary amenities and services at the Kalispel Tribe’s Commerce Park in Cusick, WA. CERB funds were matched by $8,333 in local resources.
    • Thurston County – $30,000 grant to the City of Tumwater for the Craft Brewing and Distilling Incubators Plan. This a feasibility study to develop a master plan for the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center that will provide a path to develop a program and secure investments for appropriately designed and scaled business incubator facilities. CERB funds were matched by $10,000 in local resources.

    “CERB projects represent an important partnership between the state and local communities, resulting in enhanced economic vitality. The board is pleased to collaborate with each of these communities to plan for future private sector jobs for Washington families,” said CERB Chair Steve Anderson.

    “CERB’s mission of creating jobs and building sustainable economies in communities statewide is vital to to all Washingtonians,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Our work through CERB helps local governments and tribes finance their vision for the future.”

    The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent on each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

    Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $206 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 34,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.7 billion ($27 to $1) return on CERB investment.

    As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

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    Local Contacts:
    Cowlitz Indian Tribe: Christine Myers, Tribal Planner, 360-353-6461
    City of Washougal: David Scott, City Administrator, 360-835-8501
    City of Aberdeen: Erik Larson, Mayor, 360-537-3227
    Pacific County: Mike Collings, Director/City Engineer, 360-875-9368
    Kalispel Tribe of Indians: Sev Jones, Director of Projects and Planning, 509-671-2292
    City of Tumwater: Heidi Behrends, Assistant City Administrator, 360-754-4128

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