Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)
The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) was formed in 1982 to respond to local economic development in Washington communities. CERB provides funding to local governments and federally-recognized tribes for public infrastructure which supports private business growth and expansion. Eligible projects include domestic and industrial water, storm water, wastewater, public buildings, telecommunications, and port facilities.
CERB has invested $163 million in communities across the state. These projects encouraged private and local investments adding up to about $34 for every $1 from CERB. They created over 35,000 permanent jobs and generated $385 million in other public funds and $5.6 billion in private investment.
NEW! CERB’s new Rural Broadband Program is up and running! For more information on what it is, and how to apply for funding, see our Rural Broadband page, here.
10/15/2018 – The Director of the Department of Commerce, Brian Bonlender has appointed Andrea Alexander to CERB. Andrea fills Position #10, Small Business East of Puget Sound and West of the Cascades. Andrea is the owner of Tribal Technology Consulting and a Makah Tribal member. You can read her biography here.
05/10/2018 – “How can we create more opportunity and jobs in rural Washington?” Rep. Mike Chapman, CERB Board Member, met with lawmakers from around the state in Port Angeles to talk about boosting jobs and development in rural Washington.
03/06/2018 – “How CERB Helped the Port of Shelton Grow Local Business” (PDF)
01/16/2018 – Janea Delk, CERB’s Program Director and Tribal Liaison, spoke at the House Capital Budget Committee Work Session on CERB. View video here.
10/31/2017 – Janea Delk represented CERB at the Infrastructure and Public Depository Task Force. View video here.
10/25/2017 – Janea Delk’s presentation to IACC can be viewed online here.
10/24/2017 – Janea Delk spoke at the Association of Washington Business’s Rural Jobs Summit, representing CERB and IACC. View video here.
CERB Newsletter November 2018
OLYMPIA, WA, November 15, 2018 – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $225,000 in grants for economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation and rural broadband development in the Port of Port Angeles, the City of Tonasket, the Spokane Conservation District, the Port of Bellingham, and the Lummi Nation.
CERB Projects Awarded
September 2018 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
July 2018 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
May 2018 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
November 2017 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
September 2017 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
May 2017 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
March 2017 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
January 2017 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
November 2016 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
September 2016 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
July 2016 CERB Newsletter (PDF)
Next Board Meeting:
March 21, 2019
Weekly Executive Committee Conference Call
The CERB Executive Committee holds a weekly conference call on Fridays from Noon to 1:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the call, please contact Barbara Smith, at Barbara.Smith@commerce.wa.gov, or (360) 725-3169.