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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?

As of 03/17/2020, all CERB staff are teleworking from home until further notice. We are available during normal working hours by cell, email, and Skype or Zoom. Our contact information is in the right hand sidebar.

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…

11/19/2020 – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $488,750 in loans and $236,250 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation and rural broadband development in Clark, Franklin, Skamania, and Thurston Counties. Read More in Newsletter…

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

Thank you to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians for your support of CERB! Read More…

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

The Governor’s office has compiled a list of resources for those affected by wildfires, including housing and shelter resources, state and federal resources, as well as how you can help during this time: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/washington-wildfire-resources

Following are links to state, regional and federal updates regarding Coronavirus. We’ve also provided some additional links to online information and resources in a tabbed section to help your business manage crisis planning activities.
http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/links/crisis/covid-19-resources/

01/15/2019 – CERB has published an overview of their 2019 projects. Read More…

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.

2017-19: A Biennium in Review - Core CERB

2018-19: A Year in Review - Rural Broadband