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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 $176 million in communities across the state. These projects encouraged private and local investments adding up to about $36 for every $1 from CERB. They created over 35,500 permanent jobs and generated $385 million in other public funds and $5.7 billion in private investment.

What's New?

04/08/2020 – Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants – Apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding. Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000. READ MORE…

04/08/2020 – Have you applied for Federal assistance? If you have not applied for the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) at sba.gov/disaster please do so now! The first $10,000 of that program is forgivable. More info on the EIDL and the Paycheck Protection Program can be found at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

03/19/2020 – OLYMPIA, WA: The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $720,000 in loans and $290,00 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation. READ MORE…

03/17/2020 – As of 03/17/2020, all CERB staff are teleworking from home until May 4, 2020. We are available during normal working hours by cell, email, and Skype or Zoom. Our contact information is in the right hand sidebar.

03/13/2020 – The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus. https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-businesses-and-workers

03/13/2020 – 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.

03/13/2020 – When Trouble Strikes: A Small Business Crisis Planner http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/links/crisis/crisis-planner-home/

CERB welcomes new Ex-Officio members Leo Roinila  (Department of Revenue) and Kerri Woehler (Department of Transportation) to the Board. Read More…

02/25/2020 – Gerry O’Keefe from the Washington Public Ports Association testified on behalf of CERB’s operating request at the Senate Ways and Means Operating Public Hearing. Watch Here…

02/25/2020 – Gerry O’Keefe from the Washington Public Ports Association testified on behalf of CERB’s capital request to the House Capital Budget Public Hearing. Watch Here…

02/14/2020 – CERB’s Executive Director & Tribal Liaison Janea Delk presented at the work session for the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. Watch Here…

01/23/2020 – CERB’s Executive Director & Tribal Liaison Janea Delk presented at the work session of the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee. Watch Here…

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

11/22/2019 – CERB’s Executive Director & Tribal Liaison Janea Delk presented at the work session of the House Innovation, Technology and Economic Development (ITED) Committee. Watch Here…

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

View CERB 101 PowerPoint Presentation here.

BOARD VACANCIES: CERB is recruiting for a Board Vacancy: Position #1, Large Business West of the Cascades. Read more…

Click here to access the CERB Newsletter Archive.

View Fact Sheets for CERB Awarded Projects here.

2017-19 CERB Biennial Review (PDF)
2018 CERB Legislative Report (PDF)
2018 CERB Rural Broadband Legislative Report (PDF)
2018 LIFT Legislative Report (PDF)

Program Links

Next Board Meeting:

May 21, 2020

Location: Lacey Conference Center, 975 Carpenter Road NE, Lacey, WA  98516

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Need Help?

Janea Delk
Executive Director & Tribal Liaison
Phone: 360-252-0812

Leslie Wolff
Outreach Specialist
Phone: 360-259-2671

Barbara Smith
Program Assistant
Phone: 360-764-9820

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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