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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?

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.

March 21, 2019 Newsletter
OLYMPIA, WA, March 21, 2019 – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $7,222,820 in low-interest loans and grants that will support community and economic development and rural broadband development in Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Island, Spokane, and Thurston counties. Read more….

Click here to access the CERB Newsletter Archive.

View Fact Sheets for CERB Awarded Projects here.

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.

2018 CERB Legislative Report (PDF)
2018 CERB Rural Broadband Legislative Report (PDF)
2018 LIFT Legislative Report (PDF)

02/13/2019 – Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib appointed Senator Dean Takko to fill the Senate Majority Caucus position on CERB. Senator Takko represents the 19th Legislative District. You can read his biography here.

10/16/2018 – Janea Delk, CERB’s Program Director and Tribal Liaison, presented on CERB’s Rural Broadband Program at the Senate Economic Development & International Trade Committee’s Work Session. View the video here. Janea’s presentation begins at 1:09:45. View her PowerPoint presentation here.

Applications for Board Member Vacancies

Program Links

Next Board Meeting:

May 16, 2019

The 05/16/2019 CERB meeting will be held in Spokane Valley, WA, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.

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Application Help


Need Help?

Janea Delk
CERB Program Director & Tribal Liaison
Phone: 360-725-3151

Barbara Smith
Program Assistant
Phone: 360-725-3169

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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.

2015-17: A Biennium in Review

2015-17: A Biennium in Review

Looking Forward: CERB Project Pipeline