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Join us for a discussion about economic development initiatives in Cosmopolis!

Help plan for site reuse/revitalization and economic development in Cosmopolis!

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) and City of Cosmopolis are working with a consultant team (Stantec Consulting Services, Leland Consulting Group, and Walker Macy) to develop a strategy for revitalizing vacant and underutilized properties to stimulate public and private investment. We are seeking input from business/property owners, community representatives, residents, and other stakeholders to help identify economic development opportunities, prioritize City initiatives/projects, and create a vision for the future of the Cosmopolis waterfront and downtown areas.

About the Project: In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $600,000 of Brownfield Assessment Grants to a Coalition led by the GHCOG and supported by the cities of Cosmopolis, Aberdeen and Hoquiam. A portion of the Grant funds are being used to prepare an economic development strategy for Cosmopolis to attract new investment and support reuse/revitalization of underutilized properties for community benefit. The remainder of the Grant funds are being used to perform environmental assessments on catalyst sites to facilitate property transactions and redevelopment, prepare an inventory of opportunity sites in Cosmopolis, and facilitate community engagement.

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Electric Vehicle and Emerging Technology Survey

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) along with its transportation planning partners, which include the Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG), are developing an Electric Vehicle Readiness and Autonomous Vehicle Plan. They are inviting the public to share their thoughts by participating in this brief survey. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

Background – CWCOG is the lead agency of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO) which includes Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties of Southwest Washington and Rainier, Oregon. The Electric Vehicle Readiness and Autonomous Vehicle Plan is being developed to better understand current and anticipated electric vehicle use and opinions on autonomous vehicles. All people living in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, or Wahkiakum Counties or Rainier, Oregon are strongly encouraged to participate.

If you need special accommodations to participate in this process, please call us at 360-577-3041 by 5:00 p.m., June 15, 2019. Ask for the ADA Coordinator. For TDD users, please use the state's toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial 360-956-7575.

Public Funding Newsletter April 2019

The second installment of 2019 of the quarterly GHCOG Public Funding Notification Alert is now available!
GHCOG publishes the newsletter quarterly to assist our members with finding funding for their transportation, infrastructure, recreation, and planning projects.

April 2019 Public Funding Newsletter

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Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights - April 2019 update

The GHCOG Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure has been updated with current employment estimates and 2018 size of firm data from WA State Employment Security; Office of Financial Management 2018 population, age, & race estimates and projected median household income. See the link below for the brochure, in PDF format.

April 2019 - Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure

Grays Harbor County FEMA Flood Panels, effective February 2017

The new Grays Harbor County Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), became effective 2/3/17. Grays Harbor County GIS website is hosting the FIRM maps for Grays Harbor on their website!
You may view and download FIRM in PDF format for locations in Grays Harbor County. See the county web page, link below.

New tools let you quickly find U.S. Census Bureau data!

US Census Quick Facts Tool - Fast and easy access to facts about people, business, and geography. A simple way to find US Census data for communities, counties, and states. Browse multiple data sets at one time!

Census Explorer - US Census Bureau's interactive map series. Explore several themed maps from multiple Census data sets and collection years.

NOAA Marine Debris Program - Japan Tsunami Debris: Information and FAQs

The March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While heavier materials sank close to shore, lighter material have been scattered by winds and ocean currents in the North Pacific. Items have already begun landing on the U.S. West Coast. See Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center and NOAA's Japan Tsunami Debris information and FAQs websites for more information and where to report tsunami debris.

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center: