November 2020 Business Connection

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Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

COVID restrictions like hours of service are one of many issues hindering local businesses.

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Bill Marcum CEO

k November 2020

Volume 12 • Issue 11 Business Connection is published monthly by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 105 N. Minor Road • Kelso, WA 98626


Bill Marcum, CEO Amy Hallock, Project Manager Pam Fierst, Office Manager Joelle Wilson, Social Media Service

The price is high for doing business in Washington state


ow much hardship can Washington businesses continue to take? As business leaders we are approaching month nine of the coronavirus pandemic bringing lock outs from state government and diminished capacity. In 2020, we saw the minimum wage go to $13.50, up $1.50 per hour per employee. If that wasn’t enough, starting in January, Washington state’s new overtime rules go into action and we will see another increase in the minimum wage. I would have hoped Labor and Industries (L&I) or the Legislature would have postponed the latest changes for at least six months, if not a year, due to the continuing struggle to get back to business as usual, but it just seems to be wishful thinking.


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To help fill state coffers, costs continue to rise for local businesses who can only be at 50 percent capacity or less (i.e. restaurant patrons) and often with restrictions on the number of hours they can be open. Some businesses are still not even allowed to open, and yet, the state will hit them with more taxes or more cost mandates. Our state minimum wage is second only to New York. Number 16 is Arkansas, and Minnesota is at $10, with 21 states still at the unbelievable low federal minimum wage of $7.25. When it comes to unemployment insurance, Washington is the third highest with a $472.62 average benefit per week. Only Hawaii and Massachusetts are higher. Washington is No. 1 for average workers compensation benefits at $766.59 dollars per covered worker. The percentage of all taxes paid by business in Washington state is 49.6, ninth highest in the country. And businesses, like all of us, pay to have products delivered to them, and delivered to customers. Washington’s fuel tax is .494 cents per gallon, fourth highest in For more Business, see page 2

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2028. This will be nearly double the federal requirement. I don’t

the U.S. So, with all the issues facing business in Washington state, and especially small businesses, why add another cost at this time? This Chamber will be talking with our 19th and 20th District representatives in the House and Senate to see if there is anything that can be done to postpone these additional costs. Below is the chart that goes into effect Jan. 1. Minimum wage for

think there will be many exempt workers by 2024 and possibly there will be far less jobs as businesses go out of business or decide the costs are just too great. The Chamber is hosting a Boot Camp with Labor and Industries at 11 a.m. Nov. 6. Representative from L&I will be on the Zoom meeting to help all of us understand the new overtime rules and the changing job duty requirements that qualify for the overtime

an exempt (salaried) employee will jump from $35,100 to $42,712

exemption. I hope you will be able to join us, there is no cost to

– or $7,612. An increase of about $3.80 per hour based on 2,000

attend and no limit to how many people can sign up. Registration is

hours per year. But look at the next few years: $50,700 in 2022;

necessary and can be done at or

$51,324 in 2023; $59,904 in 2024 and continuing on to $78,624 in

just call the Chamber at 360-423-8400.

Salary threshold implementation schedule Salary thresholds for overtime exempt workers are a multiplier of state minimum wage for a 40-hour workweek 2021 Salary thresholds

Small businesses: $821.40/week ($42,712.80/year) Large businesses: $958.30/week ($49,831.60/year) When the rule takes effect For employers with 1-50 employees

For employers with 51 or more employees

Multiply minimum wage by ... Projected salary Weekly threshold (Annual) Multiply minimum wage by ... Projected salary Weekly threshold (Annual)

July 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 2021

Jan. 1, 2022

Jan. 1, 2023

Jan. 1, 2024

Jan. 1, 2025

Jan. 1, 2026

Jan. 1, 2027

Jan. 1, 2028










$675 ($35,100)

$821.40 ($42,712)

$975* ($50,700)

$987* ($51,324)

$1,137* ($59,124)

$1,152* ($59,904)

$1,308* ($68,016)

$1,334* ($69,368)

$1,512* ($78,624)










$675 ($35,100)

$958.30 ($49,831)

$975* ($50,700)

$1,128* ($58,656)

$1,137* ($59,124)

$1,296* ($67,392)

$1,308* ($68,016)

$1,482* ($77,064)

$1,512* ($78,624)

Note 1: Salary thresholds after 2021 are projections be based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Note 2: This table does not apply to computer professionals paid by the hour who have higher minimum wage multipliers.

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The three Rs of economic development


here is a misconception that the Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC) only works to bring large manufacturing projects to Cowlitz County. While recruitment of all businesses is important it is only one of the three Rs

of economic development. These are Retain, Revitalize and Recruit. CEDC is actively involved in all three Rs. Retaining local businesses has many benefits and is important for a strong, invigorating economy. During these difficult times, CEDC has reviewed nearly 1,000 applications for

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expenses. With recent funding from Cowlitz County and the City of Kelso, the total city, county, state and federal funds. CEDC has also worked to retain local businesses by instituting and coordinating the now monthly Shop Local Saturdays. These have provided local businesses much needed income and some businesses have reported their best days as a result of the Shop Local Saturdays. Revitalizing local businesses involves helping businesses expand and look for new opportunities. CEDC has helped local

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businesses with supply chain problems, and to look for funding whether it is for training and improving employee’s job skills, new product development and other business needs. CEDC is also able to aid in setting up foreign trade zones. Much of revitalizing work is with CEDC’s partners, such as Workforce Southwest, Lower Columbia College, Impact Washington and Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments (COG). Look for some exciting information soon to be announced by COG regarding the Lower Columbia Investment Network which will provide a process to match investors with businesses in need of funding. CEDC has supported development of this activity. Certainly, recruitment of new businesses plays an important role in having robust, diverse local economy. CEDC is working with clients on major projects in all areas of the county from Woodland to Castle Rock. Even in these difficult times there are entities looking to locate in Cowlitz County. You can support these efforts to provide a strong local economy by shopping locally, speaking positively about the quality of place of our local area and if you know of a business that is looking for a location let CEDC know. Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020 | 5

Business Toolbox Jerry D. Petrick

Certified Business Adviser


Growing in uncertain times

s we look toward year-end (perhaps with fear and fatigue) I have been paying attention to some of the thought leaders and strategy influences for clues of what comes next.

Based on work by McKinsey & Company I’ve gathered a fundamental reality check of “what’s REALLTY going on”. The Reality – What we have experienced The present downcycle: Six times faster than the previous one Today, we are in the middle of the deepest recession in living memory. 4x worse contraction than 2009! The International Monetary Fund and World Bank foresee a global contraction in economic output in 2020 of around – 5 percent; the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development estimates an even worse result, at –7.6 percent. At any rate, the drop will far exceed the last global contraction, which was –1.7 percent in 2009. This is not to scare anyone; but the reality is this IS a big deal and that is probably why it feels like a big deal. Leaders can thus assume dynamic business conditions through 2021 as they begin this year’s planning cycle. • Wise planners will prepare for several outcomes, including a further drift in present conditions or a worsening downturn. • You must also be open to the appearance of more positive trends and be ready to shift quickly to a growth stance. This means building options and trigger-based growth bets, into your plans. • Get your strategic plans in place! Agility is key – address blockers. In every downturn, there are growth opportunities: Industry 2019-2020 Revenue Growth 1. Online Grocery Sales +74.5 percent 2. Cough and Cold Medicine Manufacturing OTC +68.8 percent 3. 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Services +28.8 percent If you are not operating in those markets that is OK – there are similar opportunities in and around your industry; we need to actively look for situations that present profit/growth potential. Taking Your Power Back When you get knocked completely off plan, your performance commitments for the year have been forgotten. The tendency is to scramble back, to try to pick up as many pieces as you can, and that’s actually the mistaken priority. Geoffrey Moore, (Chasm Group) offers some important insights to consider: 6 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020

What you want to do is set down your performance objectives for a moment and think about power because what you want to do is build enough power to come back. Power metrics are very different from performance metrics: Where do you have support from your customers? Where can you build new ecosystem relationships or strengthen the ones you already have? How do you get back into the game given a new world reality? I encourage you to think about your priorities in terms of, “how do I get my power back as opposed to how can I eke out some amount of performance.” We have spent long enough feeling powerless and fretting about what we cannot control. Focus On Your Loyal Customer Base You want to create the best return you can NOW! The returns you create in the near term are not going to be great. I get that. They will come from the 80/20 rule – 80 percent of your revenue comes from 20 percent of your customers or products. Get clear on those customers and products with data, then prioritize where you and your team spend resources (time and money). Ask what constructively your business can accomplish with these products and customers (get your team focused and moving). How do you become more important to a smaller group of people? Be a Part of the Solution (Geoffrey Moore) Most companies must come forward to the new normal. That is less scary if you are clear about your vision, your values, and your mission. If you recenter yourself around those principles, even when you make mistakes, you are making mistakes with a good heart. Your customers and partners understand that, and they will help you course correct. But if instead what you do is get scared and start to get very selfoptimizing — like landlords who are not going to forgive any rent — then, you are going the wrong direction. Ask how your company can serve your customers better, in their new reality of business – stay close to them and their changing needs. Reassess Growth Opportunities The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted global For more Petrick, see page 7

Petrick from page 6

consumption, forcing (and permitting) people to unlearn old habits and adopt new ones. A study on habit formation suggests that the average time for a new habit to form is 66 days, with a minimum of 21 days. Lockdown/restrictions have already lasted long enough in many countries to significantly change habits that had been the foundation of demand and supply.

On search engines, for instance, interest in previously away-fromhome activities has exploded:

Companies seeking to emerge from the crisis in a stronger position must develop a clear understanding of changing habits.

Nesting At Home

Behavioral Shift Analysis Create a flowchart of how your customers consumed your product BEFORE COVID-19. Create a new flowchart of how your customers consume the same products/content today. Consider which of these will be a permanent shift in habits, and which will change and how (multiple scenarios). See a sample below (Evolve Strategic Ventures):

To give one example, the use of the search term “at home workouts� has increased by 50 percent year over year globally as consumers rushed to try premium subscriptions.

Protracted physical distancing has encouraged mobile-first consumer mindsets, which are likely to persist. Digital engagement has continued to remain high: 80 percent of consumers report safe, easy, and convenient experiences in direct to consumer channels (DTC). However, specific consumer-buying factors remain largely unaddressed: for instance, more than 60 percent of consumers identify expense and an inability to choose products as disadvantages of direct to consumer (DTC) channels. Brands must continue to use personalization, the right social media and mobile presence, and the right marketing message to capture their share of growth. Constant Innovation Consumer behavior and engagement with products, brands, and channels have changed so much that innovation must now be top of mind. We need to address the 9 Key Factors of Product Development and Market Strategy

Although we are in the same storm, I am convinced we are all in different boats; requiring each of us to assess our own unique situation and make decisions. The Small Business Development Center is here to help you as you assess your realities and develop your plans and strategies. References Product/Market development: See the many books on product strategy by Geoffrey Moore In several ways, consumer behavior jumped forward by years in a few weeks. Companies and retailers that accommodate these changing behaviors will probably emerge from the crisis stronger, putting pressure on competitors to keep pace. Trying New Products In most categories, significant shares of consumers are trying new products. In some categories, almost half of all product purchases are new trials. This article was prepared by Jerry Petrick, MBA and certified business adviser with the Washington State University (WSU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jerry provides no-cost, confidential business advisory services by appointment. He can be reached via email Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020 | 7

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The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) and area economic development partners are working to develop a Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Association of Washington Cities program to promote local investments in local businesses. The Lower Columbia Investment Network (LCIN) connects local investors who want to see their money improve Cowlitz and Wahkiakum communities with local business owners or entrepreneurs in need of capital in order to grow or start a business. LCIN members are area residents who understand that keeping their funds local facilitates economic self-sufficiency and job growth in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Business opportunities are distributed to members as they are received, and members come together for business profile and networking events three to four times per year. Information is included below for both possible investors and for possible business interests. I want to invest in Lower Columbia businesses… Anyone interested in investing their money into a Cowlitz or Wahkiakum county community business is welcome to join LCIN. The LCIN is not a bank or loan fund and members do not make collective investment decisions. CWCOG acts only as a matchmaker and members work directly with businesses on investment opportunities. LCIN is a way to see where your money is going, who it is helping, and the direct impact it makes. It enables you to invest in local businesses of your choosing that makes your community the unique place it is. LCIN consists of individuals who support surrounding businesses by investing locally – putting their funds to work within their neighborhoods. By investing in a local enterprise, you support your local economy, facilitate greater economic self-sufficiency and increase the local quality of life. I want to start or grow a Lower Columbia business… Any business based in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum county is welcome to seek out funding partners. Business owners must be prepared to share detailed information about their business with the possible investor, submit an Investment Opportunity Submission Form, and present their idea to investor members. LCIN is an alternative to banks or other commercial lenders. It offers businesses the opportunity to borrow money from your neighbors, customers and others interested in your success. More information on the program will be provided at www. as it becomes available. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for future meetings, please contact us. 10 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy The Council of Governments recently received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist with the economic recovery and resiliency of the region. The pandemic has taken a significant toll on the residents, businesses, nonprofit sector and local governments over the recent months. Residents have dealt with new stressors; businesses have gone without revenues, while nonprofits and local governments have been tasked with a wide variety of recovery challenges and funding shortages. Main streets are rapidly changing and businesses are shutting down in many locations. Other businesses are seeking out and implementing new strategies to ensure survival. As a region familiar with significant economic adjustments, we understand that our actions in the coming year will greatly affect the overall economic well-being of the region’s residents long into the future. The CWCOG has begun the update process for the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to focus on recovery of the region. The CEDS is a five-year strategy document that will identify a work plan to assist local businesses and communities in their efforts to overcome our current challenges and put into place resilience planning processes to provide ongoing direction and focus to the recovery efforts. The plan will also assist in providing insights and guidance into preparing for and dealing with future events and crisis situations that may affect the region in the years to come. The new CEDS document will be built with input and guidance from the community and the CWCOG is seeking a variety of volunteers to assist in various elements of the effort. The new CEDS would incorporate five core-planning elements. Retrospective – This will look at the economic impacts of this pandemic across the region and help to identify the needs and gaps in current regional economies and to help frame conversations on the impacts and responses to the current crisis. Economic Resilience Tool Kit – By building resources for use by staff and other stakeholders in working with businesses to put actual plans in place to help move out of the pandemic caused challenges and prepare for future events. This effort will update previous work done by the CWCOG. Here is a great resource we recently uncovered. Regional Broadband Infrastructure – It has become brutally obvious that much of the region has inadequate broadband. School districts, nonprofits and the general business community have expressed concerns with the broadband capacity. Implementation efforts will include improvement of broadband capacity for telemedicine, education, and general business activity. For more Fashing, see page 11

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Transportation and Infrastructure Maintenance and Development – Freight and other transportation issues weigh heavily on communities within the region, as do other elements of our infrastructure. The CEDS update will provide insights and direction on the CWCOG’s role in preparing to meet our infrastructure needs. Business Development – Improving the business support network is crucial to the region. The resources that are in place acted quickly and effectively, but were not adequate to address all of the needs. The plan will update approaches to support the business community of tomorrow. The CARES grant is funding staffing additions to support small business outreach and technical assistance for area agencies. Watch for opportunities to engage in the CEDS planning process. If you are interested in playing a role in the effort or want additional information, please call me at 360577-3041. About the CWCOG The CWCOG is a governmental planning and services agency composed of local governments in southwest Washington state. The CWCOG Board of Directors consists of representatives from Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties but it serves throughout the southwest Washington region, including the City of Rainier, Ore. It provides a forum for members to work together on issues crossing jurisdictional lines and creating cooperative solutions. In addition, the agency provides planning, technical assistance, and grant support in the areas of transportation and economic development, contracts to provide long-range community development planning, and coordinates insurance pooling to select members.

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Chief Executive Officer


Increasing equity and access to Workforce services

s these last several months have shown, Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) has a tremendous amount of work to do to ensure each person in our community has access to critically needed workforce development programs, services and opportunities so they can care for themselves and their families. We remain committed to working with you and our community to invest in transformative change. Change that breaks down systemic racism. Change that demands equitable access and opportunity for Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian, other People of Color, and LGBTQIA+ members of our community. Change that creates a society in which equity, empathy, acceptance and collaboration replace bigotry and unequal treatment in our institutions, policies and neighborhoods here in southwest Washington. We stand by you. WSW values racial equity, diversity and inclusion. WSW has a responsibility to ensure that programs, services, our American Job Centers and other workforce investments are accessible to all, especially those historically underrepresented and marginalized. Our workforce system is predicated on a belief in human potential. We believe with financial support, training, and encouragement, anyone can claim honorable work, feed and clothe their family, and thrive as an empowered member of the economy and society. We recognize there is work to be done and have begun by taking the following actions: Centering diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization •

As a team, we are committed to these values.

Collaborating through the leadership of our Board of Directors on diversifying our membership and ensuring an inclusive board culture.

Reviewing our contract priorities to center equity and inclusion practices across our investments.

Reviewing internal processes, procedures and policies with an equity lens.

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Undergoing a strategic planning process •

Ensuring our mission, vision and goals are aligned with our diversity, equity and inclusion values.

Engaging our community and stakeholders through listening/learning sessions to inform our strategic thinking as we look to tackle these challenges.

Working with regional partners to develop a quality-jobs conversation focused on providing family-sustaining wages and benefits, a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace, and opportunities for professional growth, among other elements.

Raising community voices •

Learning from the lived experiences of our diverse community by participating in various community and education committees that are working to advance equity and empower underrepresented populations, including people of color, English language learners, and individuals with disabilities.

Continuing to seek out and invite to the workforce conversation those voices and communities that are missing and build trusting and collaborative relationships and partnerships.

As our efforts continue to take shape, we will share them with you. We invite your input and suggestions. Dismantling privilege and racism is important work and it will take all of us to create change that is meaningful and lasting. We can and will do better. We invite you to join us in taking steps toward justice and racial equity.

Kevin Perkey is the Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW). Reach him at WSW leads the public workforce system in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Clark counties.

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David Futcher

MaryAlice Wallis



You pay them how much?

Keep your head up along life's path

t’s budget time again. You know, the time of the year when city councils pretend, they understand a document of 100-plus pages full of figures. I kid – somewhat. The other tradition of budget season is the newspaper publishing its annual list of the top salaries in each jurisdiction, a list designed mainly to inflame.

recently had the wonderful opportunity to take a bike ride on the beautiful Discovery Trail in Long Beach, Wash. Along the trail I observed families with attentive parents assisting their children to navigate the various twists, turns, dips, drops and straightaways. I noticed slower more cautious riders moving leisurely along, and also more confident and experienced riders speeding along, decked out with all the right biking gear and accessories. There were contemplative and preoccupied walkers listening on music headsets or talking into their phones, and others pushing strollers or walking dogs. There were stretches of solitude on the path and sections of bustling crowds. An exhilarating part of the journey for me was having the warmth of the sun on my face with the beautiful ocean in view.


That might sound harsh. I mean, isn’t it important for transparency that the citizens be able to monitor the decisions of their elected representatives, especially when it comes to wages? Of course, it is. The newspaper coverage of such topics prevents issues like those that arose in Bell, Calif., where council members put their salaries at around $100,000 per year, and the city manager’s salary at nearly $800,000. When the Los Angeles Times broke that story in 2010 (after apparently failing to cover the small suburb of Bell very often), they appropriately provided comparisons to the salaries received in other jurisdictions to provide context for the figures being reported. That’s the challenge we have here. The newspaper reports the top salaries without any context. How can citizens appropriately gauge the figures being reported to them, when the only comparison many can make is to their own compensation? One year, I prepared and gave the paper the salaries for comparable positions based on the Association of Washington Cities’ annual salary survey. That information was disregarded and not included in the article. As a result, I was left believing that inflaming the electorate was preferred to informing them. As a CPA, I’m in a unique position to see more about private sector wages than most. I know that a manager running a private company with 75 employees and supervising the handling of almost $90 million per year in revenue is likely to be making far more than the city manager of either Kelso or Longview. When we set the salary for a city manager, we instead compare to similar positions in other jurisdictions. Few employees would work for you if you offer far less than what similar positions are paid, but that hasn’t stopped citizens from suggesting that if the manager “really cared about the city,” they’d work for $40,000 a year. Would you, if you could make triple that much doing the same job somewhere else? So, when the budget article comes out, if you see salary figures that bother you, feel free to take some time to talk with your representative about the context they used to determine the figure. I can promise sound reasoning was behind them. 14 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020


On my journey, I couldn’t help but notice some common parallels with daily life. A word that continued to press upon my mind was perseverance. A map at the beginning of the trail provided the course, but as riders and walkers along the trail we were free to choose the pace at which we traveled. Some, like the small boy that forgot to brake under the boardwalk and fell down, had an unexpected interruption in his pace; but his parents quickly recovered him, reminded him of the cautions, wiped his tears and he was on his way again. Others, like the woman who had taken a break for a bit to sit on a bench and soak in the scenery, had chosen to savor the moment. But whatever the pace or the obstacles, all of us continued on the path. The ride reminded me of the most basic of principles that apply to life: Be an alert navigator, be courteous toward others, be confident in your abilities, take the time to ponder on matters of life, and most of all, remember to enjoy the journey and the ride. Looking through this crosscut lens of humanity was refreshing. It gave me pause as I reflected on all of our various journeys – and on my gratitude to you, dear citizens – for your grace and support in my journey as Longview’s mayor while navigating in these extraordinary times. Thank you for enduring these times with wisdom, for making do when necessary, and for learning new ways of doing without so many of the pleasures that we have come to enjoy in life. We are doing far better than we think and we are all becoming more flexible at this new way of living. Whether you are walking or riding, whatever path you may be on, the change of the season is upon us. We are in the beginnings of battening down the hatches and readying up for winter life. Change is coming. We wait patiently for another day and persevere with the hope of sunnier times. Courage and carry on.


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n early February 2020, unknowingly on the cusp of a global pandemic that would alter the deliverability and accessibility of education, Lower Columbia College (LCC) and Kelso School District (KSD) leadership convened to implement a first-of-its-kind position: the Kelso High School (KHS) Outreach Navigator. This position is partially inspired by local and national statistics indicating that developing relationships and building affinity to post-secondary education opportunities are crucial to successful matriculation rates, especially for first-generation students. Furthermore, the scope of work of the navigator is perpetuated by the shared goal of increasing accessibility to post-secondary education. By design, the navigator serves as a liaison between KHS students and staff to Lower Columbia College. In a time where the need for access to education carries a monumental impact, and with the Kelso-Longview postsecondary credential rates remaining stagnant and below industry needs, the navigator position is strategically designed to increase the college-going rate of graduating KHS seniors. The navigator serves as a guide for students throughout their career and educational pathways. Focusing on helping them stay on the path by providing key resources and personalized assistance throughout various post-secondary/college-going applications and general processes. Ultimately, achieving critical milestones such as successfully enrolling in LCC, well-informed of the opportunities that exist for them – including the Washington College Grant and dual credit eligibility. •

The Washington College Grant makes education and training beyond high school more affordable. An eligible student from a family of four earning around $50,000 or less per year would receive a full award. Partial grants are available for families earning up to $97,000 per year. Based on the median household income of Kelso ($37,350) and Longview ($41,470), respectively, there is a high likelihood that prospective students of our community would qualify for full grant funding – essentially, full tuition coverage.

Dual credits refer to various agreements in place between LCC and K12 partners that allow students to earn credit in high school that are transferable to LCC. This free program shortens the path for students to complete a degree

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or certificate at LCC, specifically in career and technical pathways. The navigator engaged with the KHS counseling team and counselors, who immediately began referring students to the program, ultimately identifying a cohort of about 60 students. Some students were unsure if they were qualified for or capable of college. Almost all the students identified as first-generation and indicated Washington College Grant eligibility. The combination of the mission-driven LCC and KHS teams resulted in quick action and critical information sharing. When remote learning ensued, the navigator was able to reroute outreach and engagement efforts with students through electronic communication, drawing heightened interest with the Direct Admissions Initiative and subsequent Summer Bridge Program. These strategic efforts helped to achieve the following: 1. The Direct Admission Initiative resulted in a letter to graduating seniors in LCC’s service area, letting them know they could stay home, stay safe, and go far at LCC. This initiative emphasized that there are no barriers to enrollment at LCC– no fees, essays, or transcripts required. 2. The Summer Bridge Program launched a series of informational and interactive sessions, with topics ranging from College 101 to Tips for Successful eLearning at LCC. More than 800 prospective/recently applied students engaged with Summer Bridge Program information and materials. As a result, 136 KHS graduates (class of 2020) applied to LCC for the fall and winter 2020 quarters with 56 KHS graduates successfully enrolling in fall quarter – this is a similar rate of enrollment to pre-COVID/fall 2019, which is a promising indicator for future enrollment increases. As the outreach efforts of the navigator continue, we anticipate a similar number of KHS grads matriculating to winter quarter. These numbers indicate the work of the navigator integral to the mission, vision, and values of LCC as well as K-12 institutions throughout Cowlitz County. LCC plans to pursue opportunities to expand the navigator program to include additional positions throughout the service area and the continuation of the Direct Admissions Initiative and Summer Bridge Programs.

It takes a community to raise a curtain. Your $38 will make a difference. STRANGELY QUIET.

Imagine for a moment sitting quietly in an empty Columbia Theatre. Sit there long enough and you can feel the history of past performances echoing off the walls—a renowned musical group, a stand-up comic, a Broadway touring show, dance, classic film—or as important, the memory of watching someone very close to you spread their joyful, youthful wings. At the Columbia Theatre it is quiet these days. Strangely quiet for an organization used to lighting up the night some 80 times a year. Our world has changed. But, pausing to think about what kind of future we want is not a bad thing. And I hope you believe the Columbia Theatre should be a part of that future. SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2020


This fall marks our Columbia Theatre Association’s 38th year and we are going to need your generosity now more than ever to get through. If you have already made a gift to the Columbia Theatre this year, thank you!!! If you have not gotten around to it yet, won’t you consider renewing that gift and kicking in an additional $38—that’s $1 for every one of the 37 years the association has been a part of this community, and then one more dollar just to bet on our future! If you have never given at all—your gift of $38 can make all of the difference in the world especially as we move beyond these times into a new and bright chapter.


A lifetime of memories—that is what the Columbia Theatre and the Columbia Theatre Association is all about. You see, the building is just bricks and sticks and plaster and paint without the performances made possible by more than 150 volunteers, sponsors, a dedicated, professional staff, and 400 generous Friends. We’re still here and we will be back with a terrific 38th season this fall. Please help to make that possible. Thank you. Gian Paul Morelli, Executive Director


The Federal CARES Act includes a $300 “above the line deduction” for all taxpayers. That means if you pay taxes, you can deduct a $300 donation to a nonprofit, no matter what you earn! This deduction applies to individuals, and households (but not Donor Advised Funds). All gifts made in 2020 are eligible. • 360.575.8499

Kelso Public Schools Mary Beth Tack Superintendent

Graduation commitment continues during COVID


n Kelso, our goal of having 100 percent of our seniors graduating is continually top of mind. Our graduation rates have been climbing every year for the past five years; and we have every intention of making that trend six years in a row. After reviewing senior credits and incompletes, and surveying the class of 2021, we have prioritized the senior class for in person instruction. The importance of a high school diploma cannot be overstated and we are committed – even during COVID-19 – to ensuring our seniors receive the necessary credits to graduate. To that end, as we enter the last month of the first trimester, Kelso and Loowit high schools are bringing seniors in for hybrid learning beginning Nov. 2. Seniors will attend in person following the same hybrid model (see below) as K-2 students, which is:

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• SENIOR students with last names beginning with A-K attend in person Monday and Tuesday • SENIOR students with last names beginning with L-Z attend in person Thursday and Friday • Wednesday is reserved for additional student support • On school days when students are not attending in person, remote learning is expected All our safety precautions are in place and everything has been running smoothly for our K-2 hybrid students over the last month. We continue to keep in constant contact with Department of Health and closely monitor local infection rates. Here’s to 100 percent. We are Kelso.

Longview Public Schools Dan Zorn


Students are back in classrooms, in person


n previous columns, we talked about the school district having two immediate goals: 1) provide an outstanding remote learning experience for students and 2) get back to in person learning as soon as safely possible. I am happy to report the district is providing a much improved remote learning experience this year and we now have students back in school for in person learning. On Oct. 19 pre-kindergarten through second grade students started “hybrid in person learning”. What this means is students attend school in person two days per week and learn remotely three days a week. This allows the district to reduce the number of kids in classrooms by 50 percent to help maintain a safe environment and provide valuable in person instruction. Parents with safety concerns have the option to keep their students enrolled in remote learning. Third through fifth grade students returned to hybrid in person learning on Oct. 26. Our elementary schools are now providing in person instruction to kindergarten through fifth grade students two days per week, which is outstanding.

The elementary school kids are doing a great job following district safety protocols. The kids were so excited to be back to school that wearing a face covering and following safety protocols have not been an issue. A side benefit to the hybrid model is the smaller class sizes provide teachers more instruction time with each child when they are at school. Middle and high school students are scheduled to start hybrid in person learning on Nov. 9. We anticipate secondary students will also do a great job following safety protocols. Students are looking forward to getting back in school and our teachers are excited to have them back. Looking ahead, you might wonder when schools will get back to five days a week of in person school. Our community has done a great job reducing the infection rate so we could get our kids back to school for part-time in person learning. Those same efforts will get us back to school full-time, so please keep up the good work. In the meantime, the district will continue to work closely with local and state health officials to keep our kids safe, minimize the risk of infection and maximize the learning. We appreciate your support of our schools. It has been a long, tough road to get to this point and we look forward to returning to school full-time as soon as it is safely possible.

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Cowlitz County Commissioners Arne Mortensen

County Commissioner, District 1

Notable quotes from history's leaders provide prospective following election


ll that is left of elections is the clean-up of campaign signs and a final accounting. Given the vitriol that became common in the past several months, I hope all are well.

What things did we relearn or could relearn? Let us look at that through the eyes of some notable persons. Thomas Sowell said, “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” No one is paying any price. Politicians continue to make vacuous promises, rioters continue to get away with mayhem, arson, and even murder. If we do not enforce accountability, we will continue to have trouble. Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.” Given that we always are in a crisis, the best answer to, “What are you going to do for me?” is “get out of the way.” That is wisdom, not callousness. What government can do for you, it can do to you. Saul Alinsky said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” As a result of the COVID virus, we have seen rights suspended. Indeed, the destruction of the U.S. Constitution is necessary for the purposes of a Saul Alinsky. Note that there are no conditionals to the Bill of Rights or Article 1, Section 1 of the Washington State Constitution. Francis Bacon said, “the remedy is worse than the disease.” This applies to many issues. Politicians cannot seem to accept their limitations in problem solving. Because they are not accountable (Thomas Sowell, above), they do not do proper analysis as they implement a solution that yields consequences worse than the problem. The cost of the lockdown will haunt us for a long time. The million dollars of personal protection equipment that the county received by playing the emergency game while businesses died was a poor trade-off. American people are good; give them truth and they will do the right thing. I follow up that last sentence with a quote form Buddha; “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” I can only say that I am dismayed that truth seems no longer to be valued. Truth is subordinated to emotion. And I dissent just a bit from Buddha because truth can remain hidden for a time longer than a lifetime. Few seem to have paid attention to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said, “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” However, when those disagreements translate into law, there will be disagreeable reactions. Sometimes it will be violent disagreement. I disagree with the street rioters, so I must be disagreeable because I support the police. Where we are is because we do not teach or advise that 20 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | November 2020

the real purpose of government is not to cater to our whims or self-proclaimed needs, but to protect individual rights to life and property. Are we a democracy or a republic? We are a republic, but we appear to be taught that we are a democracy, so everything is up for vote, even your money and property. H.L. Mencken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” This is rather harsh but on point. The political promises for specific actions nearly always fly in the face of our constitutional republic. The public should take those political promises as a reason not to vote for those who make those promises because they are pandering. John Adams wrote in 1798 to the Massachusetts Militia a letter filled with wisdom and, in some sense an admonition. Two excerpts follow below: But should the People of America, once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another and towards foreign nations, which assumes the Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence. … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other And we have one excerpt from Alexander Fraser Tytler A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage. Let us welcome the new term in office with the hope that we will return to the American ethos that made this country the bastion of human liberty and consequent prosperity.


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24 Chamber Board Meeting, Noon, Mill City Grill


26 Thanksgiving Chamber Offices Closed

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Chamber Offices Closed

The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce would like to THANK the following loyal members for renewing their partnership with us this November. Beacon Hill Rehabilitation Bob Beal Insurance Agency Inc – State Farm Building Industry Association of Clark County Columbia River Reader


Davis & Associates, CPAs, PS Eldon Robbins Auto Sales, Inc Longview Downtowners North Pacific Paper Corporation/NORPAC Performance Sheet Metal, Inc

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News & Events

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Black Bears announce Gary Van Tol to fill head coach position With sights set on 2021, the Cowlitz Black Bears recently announced Gary Van Tol as head baseball coach. Van Tol brings with him a wealth of knowledge from both the professional and Division 1 baseball ranks, as he mentors and guides Cowlitz County’s hometown Black Bears.

2005-2008, 1991-1993 Assistant Coach, Gonzaga University 2002-2005 Assistant Coach, University of Portland 1996-2001 Head Baseball Coach, Treasure Valley Community College 1995-1996 Associate Head Baseball Coach, Treasure Valley Community College 1994-1995 Head Baseball Coach, Centralia College

"We are thrilled to have Gary join our organization and to bring in a coach with the level of baseball knowledge and proven success that he has demonstrated both as a minor league manager and as a Division 1 head coach. Gary is the ideal fit for the Black Bears and the community. Coach Van Tol will recruit, organize, and compete in the WCL as we look to build and improve upon past success," said Gus Farah, Black Bears general manager. "We have followed and admired Gary’s work for years. His ability to mold young men through his disciplined approach and mentorship is something the Cowlitz community will really embrace." Here is a rundown of coach Van Tol’s past coaching experience: 2017-2020 Head Coach, Boise State University

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Retailers urge Congressional action for protection from COVID lawsuits

Retailers nationwide are urging Congress to pass the Safe To Work Act that would provide them legal protections from lawsuits seeking damages for people who become infected with COVID-19. The bill, S. 4317, would create a safe harbor from liability for companies that implement public health safety guidelines related to the transmission of COVID-19. Without congressional action, the threat of lawsuits against companies that have made good faith efforts to comply with safety protocols would severely impact business operations and slow a recovery from the economic recession. The National Retail Federation (NRF)has established an online action line to contact Congressional representatives to act on the bill. Washington Retail joins NRF in urging retailers to immediately go to the site and take action to protect themselves from frivolous and damaging lawsuits that may result during and after the pandemic. The action line contains a message to Congress and provides room for retailers to summarize their individual concerns. –from Inside Washington Retail

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Allied Trenchless, from Chelan, Wash., is scheduled to install a liner for the sanitary sewer line on Oregon Way between the Tennant Way/15th Avenue intersection and Beech Street. The installation of the sewer liner is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 13. Phase 1 will start at the intersection of Tennant Way/15th Avenue/ Oregon Way/Nichols Boulevard. • East Kessler Boulevard closed to through traffic/open to local traffic.

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