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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Commerce awards $11.8 million for local energy efficiency and solar projects

Grants will lower energy costs in public buildings and create an estimated 514 jobs in communities across Washington state

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $11.8 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at six higher education institutions, 27 local governments, four state agencies and 15 K-12 public school districts. Commerce awarded $8.3 million for energy efficiency projects and $3.4 million for solar photovoltaic projects. See the full list of projects.

Construction spending on these projects will create an estimated 514 jobs. The total cost for all the projects is $51.9 million, including $39.8 million in non-state funds.

“Investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency are vital to creating strong, resilient communities all over Washington state,” said state Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “These grants create good jobs, save taxpayers money by reducing energy use and operating costs over the life of the projects, and help secure our clean energy future.”

“Kettle Falls as a small community appreciates the continued support of the Department of Commerce in affording us the opportunity to use renewable energy and furthering our goal of reducing our expenditures,” said Kettle Falls mayor Dorothy Slagle.

“Thanks to a grant award of $324,524, the South Kitsap School District will be able to perform in excess of $1.3 million in facility improvements at 10 locations. We are excited for this, our fourth round of energy saving projects, and continue our efforts to achieve maximum energy efficiency,” said Superintendent Karst Brandsma. “With these improvements, we expect to see more than $66,000 annually in energy savings. These types of funding programs are very important, and we wish to thank the Department of Commerce for their support.”

The grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.

The 2015 Legislature appropriated $25 million for the statewide energy efficiency and solar grants program, specifying at least $5.7 million for projects that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems with a preference for Washington-manufactured systems. It also targeted small cities and towns (populations of 5,000 or less) to receive at least 10 percent of each competitive funding round.

The city of Camas received three separate local energy efficiency grants in earlier funding rounds: two for facilities upgrades and one to convert street lights to LED.

“One facility HVAC upgrade has already shown savings of over $26,500 per year for the first two years – 55 percent more per year than projected!” said Steve Wall, Camas public works director. “The second facility and LED street lights are expected to save an additional $100,000 and $22,000 per year, respectively. The Department of Commerce provides terrific support throughout the process and the savings generated have allowed the city to invest in other important services and projects that are underfunded,” he added.

For more information, visit the Energy Efficiency page on the Commerce website.

Contact:

Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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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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News Release: Commerce grants $485,000 for environmental reviews of eastern Washington manufacturing projects

Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, Spokane Valley and Walla Walla awarded funds for environmental analysis to support economic development at proposed manufacturing sites.

Olympia, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $485,000 in advanced planning grants to aid four proposed manufacturing projects in eastern Washington. The grants will help Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, the city of Spokane Valley and Walla Walla County move forward with environmental analysis and permitting activities associated with development in four key economic sectors: clean technology, aerospace, forest products or agriculture and food manufacturing, and heavy manufacturing.

  • Pend Oreille County $250,000 grant matched by $100,000 in county funds for activities including public outreach, environmental permit coordination, wetlands and transportation studies, cultural resource and timber lands assessments, engineering, planning, environmental baseline studies and project management. The proposed development is a $300-million facility for producing silicon from sand on the Ponderay Newsprint Company mill site. At completion -full operation – about 170 permanent full-time jobs are forecast.
  • City of Spokane Valley$114,200 grant matched by a $55,000 city investment for activities to streamline environmental permitting in the city’s northeast industrial area. A 40-acre site within an 840-acre area is proposed for a heavy manufacturing facility that includes approximately 110,000 square feet of production space, 115,000 square feet of storage, a new rail spur, parking to accommodate business operations and about 150 employees.
  • Walla Walla County $100,000 grant matched by $20,000 county investment to prepare a wastewater feasibility study for the Wallula Gap Business Park at the port of Walla Walla. Adjacent to Highway 12 and a dual access rail spur, the site already has completed archeological, geotechnical and biological reports. The study will address costs of engineering, needed right-of-way acquisition, infrastructure layout, wastewater disposal alternatives, and prioritization of improvements and planning.
  • Spokane County$20,800 grant matched by $48,200 in local funds to complete Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval process to release 40 acres of non-aeronautical airport land near Spokane international Airport for a $90.5 million capital investment project. The land will be sold to an aerospace manufacturing and distribution company, with an estimated impact to the community of 300 jobs.
  • “Washington state is blessed with a diverse economy and resources to attract and sustain businesses and good jobs. However, opportunities for growth look very different from the coast to urban Puget Sound to the Palouse and beyond,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “These strategic investments strengthen communities in eastern Washington. Strong public-private collaboration is streamlining regulatory processes and providing businesses and local governments with the tools they need to make decisions and move forward.”

    “These funds are critical to support our commitment to timely and meaningful public involvement in this opportunity to secure important new investment and jobs for our community,” said Commissioner Mike Manus, chair of the Pend Oreille County Board of Commissioners. “In particular, we look forward to reaching out to the Kalispel Tribe to develop an action plan that will ensure all of our questions about potential impacts on the environment are answered.”

    A competitive selection process yielded the four grant recipients from a pool of nine applications asking for a total of almost $1 million. The 2016 Legislature gave Commerce’s Growth Management Services program authority to award up to $500,000 to assist cities and counties east of the Cascade Mountains to advance environmental analysis and permitting activities in and around current and large future manufacturing sites and other key economic growth centers.

    Criteria used in evaluating applications included size, readiness to proceed, local funds leverage, jobs retained or created, projects of statewide significance, use of vacant or underutilized industrial sites, support from local economic development organizations and consistency with regional economic development strategies.

    Proposals that did not win funding are in the cities of Spokane, Othello, Grandview and Union Gap.
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    Contact: Penny Thomas, Commerce Press Office, (206) 256-6106

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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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