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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 $203 million in communities across the state. These projects encouraged private and local investments adding up to about $29 for every $1 from CERB. They created over 36,600 permanent jobs and generated $427 million in other public funds and $5.8 billion in private investment.

What's New?

11/18/2021 – The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $843,750 in low-interest loans and $2,431,250 in grants for economic development, and public infrastructure development targeting business growth, job creation and broadband development in four counties. Read More…

10/21/201 – CERB welcomes new Board Member Elizabeth Casey, filling the Ex-Officio Position from the Employment Security Department. Read her biography here.

09/16/2021 – The Community Economic Revitalization Board today approved $10,247,000 in low interest loans and grants for economic development, public infrastructure development, and rural broadband infrastructure in 9 counties. Read More…

07/15/2021 – The Community Economic Revitalization Board today approved $17,980,867 in low interest loans and grants for economic development, public infrastructure development, and rural broadband infrastructure in 13 counties. Read More…

07/06/2021 – CERB welcomes new Board Member Janet St Clair, filling Position #8, County Official. Read her biography here.

02/08/2021 – Thank you to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians for your support of CERB! Read More…

01/26/2021 – CERB welcomes new Board member Senator Mark Mullet, filling the Senate Majority Caucus position. Read his biography here.

01/06/2021 – CERB welcomes new Board member Kim Roberts filling Position #5, Small Business, West of Puget Sound. Read her biography here.

01/06/2021 – CERB welcomes new Board member Katie Nelson filling Position #9, Small Business, East of Columbia River. Read her biography here.

12/28/2020 – CERB has released their 2020 Report to the Legislature. Read more here…

12/28/2020 – CERB has released their 2020 Rural Broadband Report to the Legislature. Read more here…

12/01/2020 – CERB has released their 2020 Project Overview. Read more here…

11/16/2020 – Learn how CERB and the Public Works Board partner to connect Washington to Broadband. Read more here…

06/17/2020 – “CERB is strengthening communities from a distance.” Read Article…

View CERB 101 PowerPoint Presentation here.

Helping You Grow

Since 1982, CERB has helped communities in every corner of the state grow by making strategic investments to spur job creation. Check out our map to see the number of projects and CERB dollars invested by county.

2019-21: A Biennium in Review - Core CERB

2018-21: 3 Years in Review - Rural Broadband