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Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

sQuatch Fest sets attendance record with new two-day format

k February 2020

Volume 12 • Issue 2 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


he numbers for this year’s sQuatch Fest at the Cowlitz County Event Center January 24 and 25 are big. Bigger than any over the past three years.

• 2 days • 3,200 attendees, nearly 1,000 more than last year. • 11 speakers • 40 craft vendors • 10 nonprofit organizations • 15 breweries • 204 cornhole players (the largest in the state) For more sQuatch Fest, see page 2

Building Bridges moving to fall date


360-423-8400 kelsolongviewchamber.org To advertise, call Bill Marcum 360-423-8400 or bmarcum@kelsolongviewchamber.org Ad Deadline 20th of Each Month

The Chamber is moving the Building Bridges Business and Tourism Expo from March to October 7 at the Cowlitz County Event Center. “There are just so many events at the conference center in March and April that it was nearly impossible to find a day that did not have other events on both sides of the event on the weekends,” said Chamber CEO Bill Marcum.

Currently, Marcum said, there is nothing scheduled in Longview or Kelso that entire week in October, giving the Chamber a better opportunity to not have to fight for time, space or attendees. Marcum will be reaching out to the membership in July and August for registration. “Hopefully it will be just as successful in the last quarter of the year as it has been in the first quarter of the year,” Marcum said.

sQuatch Fest from page 1

• 11 food vendors • 27 sponsors • 15 different states from which tickets were sold • more than 60 volunteers Chamber CEO Bill Marcum attributes the events’ continued growth and success to Chamber Project Manager Amy Hallock. “This event continues to grow and I think that is because of Amy’s passion and commitment to making this a premier event in Cowlitz County,” Marcum said. “Every year she comes up with a new idea, a new add-on, better food vendors, whatever it is, she has been able to continue to improve and grow this amazing event.”


See more sQuatch Fest photos on Page 21 or visit our Facebook page, where you can post your own photos too.

sQuatch Fest Bigfoot is a Big Deal

sQuatch Fest continues to grow. This year's two-day event set an attendance record and also featured more of everything than in previous years. a sQatch keeps a low profile and an eye on attendees. b Finding Bigfoot co-host Cliff Barackman was among the 11 speakers. c Emmie Blue and The Squatchie entertain youngsters, and those young at heart, in the CalPortland Kids Cave.

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Thank You to everyone who made sQuatch Fest 2020 a success! The Chamber could not put on events like this without the support of our members, volunteers and community!

Special Thanks to: Specialty Rents Tent and Event Rentals Mount St. Helens Event Sponsors—Radio Advertising:

Bicoastal Media



The Wave

Hoffstadt Bluffs Sponsors:

Silver Star

Triangle Tavern The Office 842 Cal Portland Hop N Grape

Life Mortgage

Columbia River Sponsors:

Columbia Auto Group Kelso Super 8

Columbia Distributing

Ape Cave Sponsors:

Dale McGhee & Sons Well Drilling J Squared Barrel House Corwin Heritage Bank WestRock Twin City Bank Diamond Timber Co. Pacific Tech Construction Mill City Grill Antidote Tap House Elk Meadow Sponsors:

Gibbs & Olson Guse’s Gourmet Coffee D&C Lemmons LLC Interstate Wood Products Lower Columbia Longshoremen’s Federal Credit Union PNE Corp. Cowlitz County Cornhole & All The Amazing Volunteers!



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Port of Kalama’s Spencer Creek Business Park is now available for development The 70-acre mixed-use commercial property is located just off I-5 in Kalama and is ready for lease to commercial businesses

The Port of Kalama this week announces that the Spencer Creek Business Park is now available for development and lease. Located north of Kalama River Road right off of Interstate 5, the much-anticipated Business Park offers 70 acres of developable commercial property that will support a mix of light industrial and commercial ventures including: · · · · · · ·

Lodging/Hospitality Services Retail Food/Beverage Convenience Gas Station More

Since 2014, the Port has invested in the preliminary infrastructure and construction of the site including filling and grading, installation of storm water treatment systems, and road improvements to make way for new commercial development. While East Port will be built out over 20 years, business park construction and operational activities are projected to support more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in new local economic activity. “Maybe one of the region’s best kept secrets, this Port of Kalama commercial property, offers some of the best value and opportunity for businesses interested in affordability, accessibility and infrastructure-rich land on which to grow,” says Ted Sprague, president, Cowlitz Economic Development Council. “Spencer Creek Business Park offers an A+ location right off of I-5 with infrastructure in place for businesses looking to serve a well-trafficked stretch of the corridor. And best of all, developers get a long-term, committed, visionary and innovative partner in the Port of Kalama.” Interested developers and businesses should contact Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379. https://portofkalama.com/port-of-kalamas-spencer-creekbusiness-park-is-now-available-for-development/

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Frank Panarra, President Foster Farms Chris Roewe, President Elect Woodford Commercial Real Estate Lisa Straughan, Vice President Express Employment Professionals Neil Zick, Treasurer Twin City Bank Michael Claxton, Legal Counsel Walstead Mertsching Nick Lemiere, At Large Edward Jones MaryAlice Wallis Mayor of Longview John Paul KUKN-KLOG-101.5 The WAVE Rich Gushman Gibbs & Olson Marlene Johanson Heritage Bank Wendy Kosloski Teague's Interiors Nancy Malone Mayor of Kelso Cherelle Montanye St. John/PeaceHealth Bruce Pollock Bicoastal Media Tom Rozwod NORPAC Ted Sprague Cowlitz Economic Development Council Michael Vorse Minuteman Press Dennis Weber Cowlitz County Commissioner

Cowlitz Economic Development Council Ted Sprague President

Court battles make courting business in our area tough


ow many movies or television shows have you seen where the

iconic phrase, “I’ll see you in court!” is used? It probably numbers in the hundreds. This phrase is being used more and more often in Washington state’s permitting process. People ask me all the time for updates on projects and it is honestly getting difficult to keep track which project

❝ Cowlitz County has a long and proud history of hard work and manufacturing, but some of the regulatory rules and changes of those rules midstream are putting an unfair burden on job creators.

is in what court. The most recent examples are the Port of Kalama suing the Department of Ecology in Superior Court to reinstate permits previously granted for the Northwest Innovation Works project; Millennium Bulk Terminals in the Appeals Court arguing the state’s denial of a shorelines permit; and the states of Wyoming and Montana are appealing to the United States Supreme Court over their perceived violations of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. Even the Washington State Supreme Court got in the act when it recently admonished the Department of Ecology for over-reach in its application of clean air rules passed by the Legislature. This does not even take into account the quasi-judicial hearings that have taken place and are yet to take place. In my more than 25 years in economic development I have never seen so much litigation over projects occur at one time. It is no wonder some very attractive capital investment and job producing projects are no longer looking to invest in Washington state. We are creating an investment environment where project proponents no longer feel welcome to open businesses and employ people here. Cowlitz County has a long and proud history of hard work and manufacturing, but some of the regulatory rules and changes of those rules midstream are putting an unfair burden on job creators. We all see and can acknowledge how difficult it is to permit large scale projects. My fear is, as the regulatory environment pushes further and further to the extreme, who is next? Will our major employers along the Columbia River shipping channel be forced out? When will regulators begin to squeeze the Amazons and Boeings as their “carbon footprint” grows? Unless we put some strict rules and guidelines back into the permitting and regulatory process it will only be a matter of time until they come for your business and jobs. Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020 | 5

City of Kelso

City of Longview

Dave Futcher

MaryAlice Wallis



The inefficient bureaucracy


overnment is bloated and inefficient.” We’ve all heard it so many times that it has to be true. I know I believed it and may still in some cases. But the time I’ve spent working on the inside has given me some thoughts on why that perception, or reality, may exist. Accountability takes time. Government is asked to be much more transparent and accountable to the public than private industry. If we have a great ordinance drafted today, we have to present it at one meeting and pass it at the next, so there’s automatically a month of lag time. Could a business change policy direction faster when only the owner has to make the decision, and doesn’t have to justify it to the community? Of course, it can. In my business, if I make a mistake, I’m only losing my money. In government, it’s all taxpayer money, and has to be treated more carefully. Government is also expected to consider the long-term implications of its decisions and projects. They’re criticized for wasting money on planning for a project like the West Main realignment, but also asked to justify the project and the options that were chosen or rejected. Because of the planning, those justifications can be made. A business can be more nimble, again, because they don’t have to make those same defenses.

Everyone should strive to be their best self


ello citizens! Allow me to re-introduce myself to you. I am Longview’s latest mayor. By now you may have heard I have been chosen the third female mayor of

the City of Longview and the 23rd mayor overall in the City of Longview. Some people have asked me, how did you get to be the mayor? And, have you ever considered being the mayor? The first answer is easy. You must be elected to city council, be nominated during the mayor election and get at least four votes. As for the second, I cannot ever remember when I did not have a passion for politics, and I suppose I may have stated once or twice over the years if the opportunity ever presented itself, than sure, to be mayor would be a great honor. And it is. During my grade school years and into high school – I am a 1984 graduate of Mark Morris High School – I was one who found joy in leadership. I ran for offices; achieved some and lost some. I communicated with teachers, staff and students; went after opportunities; held a job and then two; saved every dime for college and then headed off into the world to make my dreams come true. The bottom line is I kept on going and still have not stopped trying to make things happen. I am a believer in working hard,

Regulation is rampant. You think business faces a bunch of red tape? Try being on the inside. Industry lobbies for less regulation, but no one ever asks for less regulation for government. You likely have no idea the hoops you have to jump through to operate a water or sewer utility, for instance.

being self-reliant, and intentional about – well, everything! The

Many of the regulations are the result of well-intended legislation that might have been passed without the legislators fully understanding the resulting costs. We might all see clean water as desirable, but the Clean Water Act contains myriad regulations that increase the costs on your utility bills. We want to make sure workers are paid fairly, but prevailing wage rules result in project costs that can dwarf similar projects in the private sector. Protecting endangered species makes up a significant part of your electric bill.

persistent and consistent; study hard; practice your faith; and be

So, do you want quick, responsive government, or do you want accountability and conscience? I’m not sure you get both. 6 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020

best news is I believe that for everyone. I believe we should all try to be our BEST SELF each and every day. Will we always be successful? Maybe not! I hope from our failures we can learn to be better and improve at what we are striving to do. My advice: be good stewards of your life, and you will be on the right track. Mostly, I want the citizens of Longview to know I care about each of you. I will strive my best to be a leader you can count on, a mayor who the council can rely on and lean to for leadership, direction, teamwork and support, and to be the best person I can be by practicing what I teach. Please reach out to me anytime. Office hours by appointment: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m,Noon; Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Lower Columbia College


Kirc Roland Wednesday February 5 – 7:30-8:30am Education Foundation Goodwill Thursday February 6 – 7:30-8:30am Ambassadors Meeting Columbia Bank Tuesday February 11 – Noon Chamber Executive Board Mill City Grill February 11 – 5:30-7:30pm Business After Hours Columbia Ford/Wheeler's Monday February 17 Presidents Day Chamber Office Closed Tuesday February 18 – Noon Chamber Board Meeting Mill City Grill Thursday February 20 – 5-8pm Lower Columbia Professionals Cattywampus Carnival Fundraiser Moose Lodge Every Monday Through April – 7am Legislative Briefing Elks Lodge

Every Wednesday Your Chamber Connection KEDO/1400 AM or 99.1 FM 3-4pm Stream live at www.kedoam.com

Athletic Director

Red Devils bring leadership to our community


hey are business leaders, education superstars, community organizers, hardworking tax payers and caring mothers and fathers. THEY ARE RED DEVILS.

The Athletic Department at Lower Columbia College is going through an incredible stretch of success in competition and in the classroom. The Red Devils’ teams were recently honored as winners of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) President’s Cup for academic excellence. The point system uses grade point average and degree completion rate. The LCC program is also the three-time winner of the Athletic Director’s Cup for on field/court success using a system of league finishes and conference tournament finishes. It’s the first time an NWAC school has won both the President’s Cup and Athletic Director’s Cup in the same school year. To say I’m proud of that is an understatement! Many of the Kelso-Longview Chamber members reading this right now have some kind of relationship to someone who participated in athletics at Lower Columbia College. When I hear of or see the success of former Red Devils in our community it validates what we are doing here at LCC. Buddy Black and Rick Sweet are LCC players that went on to play in the major leagues, and there are plenty of former Devils who went on to succeed at the four-year college level. The list of athletes from LCC who are making their mark here locally include, Chamber member Alice Dietz, the public relations manager at Cowlitz PUD. “Playing soccer at LCC taught me the foundation of success through teamwork and collaboration to accomplish a bigger goal,” said Dietz. “I find myself applying the multitasking and perseverance it took to be a successful student athlete in my job with the PUD.” Dietz took those lessons as a Red Devil to also become a member of the LCC Board of Trustees. Other Red Devils who lead in our community include Ryan Jurvakainen, Frank Morrison, Dr. Jeff Tack, Lisa Kloke, Lori Larson, Jim Baker, Earl Small, Chuck Bergquist, Leroy Nelson and Jason McClung to name just a few. There are many more of you out there. Bill Stoller played two sports at LCC before he went on to become the founder and president of Express Employment, a multi-billion dollar company. Paul Laufman followed up his time as an LCC baseball player by taking his career into outer space as the fuel developer for the Space Shuttle program. So, as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Lower Columbia College, I appreciate the role that athletics has had over the years. The Red Devil sports teams provide opportunity for young students to compete and to further their education. The program serves as a spring board to further education and athletic opportunities. We bring diversity, pride, and entertainment to our community. And, more importantly, we help supply our community and country with incredible leaders. To all you former Red Devils and LCC supporters, I say thank you! As we say around campus, “Once a Devil, always a Devil”! Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020 | 7

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Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments Bill Fashing CEO

Board approves $3.8 million in funding to support local transportation improvement


he Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) wears many hats and has impacted the regional community in many ways over its 50-plus years of serving the public agencies in the area. One of the most tangible responsibilities of the CWCOG Board of Directors is the distribution of Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funds to area cities, counties and ports. The CWCOG Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of $3.8 million in funding to support local transportation improvement projects.

Regional Transportation Improvement Program Webmap.

The STBGP is a federal-aid transportation program which provides flexible funding to states and localities for transportation improvement projects. Eligible projects range from transportation planning and construction projects on federally classified highways, roadways, bridge projects, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects.

Kalama, Meeker Drive Slide Stabilization/Reconstruction, $264,222

A formula is used to apportion the STBGP funds to each state based on its population as a ratio of the nation’s total population. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) then provides allocations of STBGP funds to the CWCOG, relative to the census information, to advance local priorities within Cowlitz County. Through a call for projects, CWCOG distributes these funds to priority projects within Cowlitz County based on criteria derived from the Regional Transportation Plan 2045 (RTP) goals and policies. Criteria is also developed to help Washington state meet federally required performance measure targets. CWCOG distributed the $3.8 million to these agencies and projects. Cowlitz County, South Cloverdale Road ($500,000) Cowlitz County, South Cloverdale Road/Confer Road Intersection Improvement project ($300,000) Kelso, West Main Realignment, Phase 2 project ($1,500,000) Longview, 46th Avenue Street Improvement project ($695,775)

Woodland, Lakeshore Drive Pavement and Pedestrian Improvement project ($845,364).

For more information on any of these projects and others planned throughout the region go to CWCOG.org and access the

Other projects that have been funded through this program in the recent past are listed below: Castle Rock, Huntington Avenue South Overlay, $823,393 Castle Rock, Dougherty Drive NE Reclamation Project Phase 1 and 2, $470,996 Cowlitz County, Delameter Road Reconstruction, $1,123,000 Cowlitz County, South Cloverdale (first allocation), $419,525

Kelso, West Main Street Realignment Phase 2, $1,500,000 (first allocation) Longview, SR4 Ocean Beach Highway Traffic Signal Project, $1,260,000 Longview, Downtown Transit Center, two awards - $567,100 and $590,000 Longview, Washington Way and 15th Avenue Signal Improvements, $180,000

Woodland, Transportation Feasibility Study for Exit 21 and I-5 Interchange with SR 503, $600,000

The amounts listed are the STBG funds allocated to the project. A local or state match of at least 13.5 percent was also included in these projects. 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 its five-county region, including the City of Rainier, Ore. It provides a forum for members to work together on issues with crossing jurisdictional lines and creating cooperative solutions. In addition, the agency provides planning, technical assistance, and grant recommendations in the areas of transportation and economic development, contracts to provide long-range community development planning, and coordinates insurance pooling to select members. Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020 | 9

Kelso Longview Chamber Bill Marcum CEO

Chamber events: Bigger and better


ow, what an awesome event sQuatch Fest was this year. We had more than 3,200 people attended the fourth annual sQuatch Fest January 24 and January 25. Attendance is up. In 2017, we welcomed 1,408 attendees. That number grew to 2,011 in 2018 and 2,409 in 2019. We had more than 80 vendors (sold out two months before the event) from around the Northwest with all kinds of Sasquatch, Bigfoot and Yeti-themed items like apparel, barbecue sauce, chips, chocolate, key chains, iron wall mounts and much, much, more. We had 11 world renown speakers including Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Cliff Barackman and Huckleberry, and Wild Bill and Jeffro from the Travel Channel’s Mountain Monsters, who told stories and entertained a standing-room-only crowd of about 600 throughout the day. I think the thing that amazes me most is the fact we had

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people attending from 15 different states including New Jersey, Virginia, California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon. Washington was represented by people from Sequim to Spokane, Walla Walla to Ocean Shores and the Seattle metro area. This equates to more than 300 room nights for those attending the event and spending the night. A special thank you to our sponsors (see the list on Page 3). We could not put on such an event without the support from our volunteers, local businesses, cities and the county. HUGE thank you to Kelly Godden with Specialty Rents, what an amazing job of turning the conference center ultra-Squatchy. And a special shout out to Amy Hallock, Chamber project manager. Great job Amy, it keeps getting bigger and better each year. If you missed it make sure you put January 29 and January 30 on your calendar for next year. Our boardmanship sessions are about to start. This series is designed for any member of a nonprofit board, but specifically geared for new board members and the president-elect, to help you understand what your responsibility as a board member for a nonprofit organization means; what things legally you are held accountable for; and, what your responsibility is to the organization and the community. One thing is for sure... it is not the one-hour monthly meeting. Be prepared. Class Schedule March 6 – Mike Claxton, Role of the Board vs. the CEO March 13 – Frank McShane, Working as a Team March 20 – Jennifer Leach, Handling Conflict (Colors of the Board) March 27 – Scott Davis, Financial Accountability April 3 – Chris Bailey, LCC – Heritage Room, Succession Planning April 10 – Jennifer Leach, Facilitating and Leading Meetings (Robert’s Rules) Friday Mornings 7:30-9 a.m. Lower Columbia College Admin Building, Student Center conference room

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Cost: $100 (members) for all six classes; $160 (non-members) and you can bring up to three board members and your executive director for that price... Call the Chamber to register, only 30 spots, 360-423-8400.


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Buiness Toolbox Jerry D. Petrick Certified Business Adviser


New year, new ideas to improve/refresh your business

ave you taken the time to compare how your business performed in 2019 vs. 2018? How did you do? Why was your financial performance the way it was? How did your business performance stack up to others in your industry? To calibrate take a look: https://retailowner.com/Evaluate/ Self-Assessment-Tools/Monthly-Retail-Sales-Trends#4451548leisure--recreation When did you last look at your business model to validate your model is serving you well in today’s marketplace? Here is a great resource to help guide your efforts AND expose you to several different business models (30) helping you refine and update your approach to your own business. This is worth a look! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dtXGyo6hKOpPdaUUSVGX nFDwvgYU7gDJ/view Just like the annual health check we encourage others to get (and maybe even go in for ourselves) we want to administer a brief but powerful wellness checkup for our businesses. I have a simple, easy to follow guide, to help you walk through the basic measures of the financial “vital signs” of your enterprise: https://www.mastercardbiz.com/content/uploads/2013/01/ MasterCard_FinancialStatements_NewGround_Jan2013.pdf My last suggestions for you come from the area of cyber hygiene and practicing “safe computing” to protect you, your customers, and your employees from the pain of cyber risks. There are a number of FREE tools and assessments available to your business from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency – CISA): A cyber self-assessment – great roadmap for business leaders/ owners who have overall responsibility: https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/c3vp/csc-crr-selfassessment-package.pdf This is THE best service Phishing Campaign Assessment (CISA will run a phishing campaign on your company so you can identify vulnerabilities AND train your people to prevent such time-tested schemes). REMEMBER everyone knows about phishing campaigns and what “not” to click on…BUT…they are still used because THEY WORK! The Phishing Campaign Assessment (PCA) evaluates an organization’s susceptibility and reaction to phishing emails of varying complexity. After the assessment, the organization will receive a Phishing Campaign Assessment Report that highlights organizational click rates for varying types of phishing emails and summarizes 12 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020

metrics related to the proclivity of the organization to fall victim to phishing attacks. For additional information, consult the Election Infrastructure Security Resource Guide. To schedule a Phishing Campaign Assessment, contact ncciccustomerservice@hq.dhs. gov. For a comprehensive dive into the status and security of your systems the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment is the option for you: A Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA) collects data through onsite assessments and combines it with national threat and vulnerability information in order to provide an organization with actionable remediation recommendations prioritized by risk. This assessment is designed to identify vulnerabilities that adversaries could potentially exploit to compromise network security controls. Methodologies that a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment may incorporate include the following: • Scenario-based network penetration testing • Web application testing • Social engineering testing • Wireless testing • Configuration reviews of servers and databases • Detection and response capability evaluation After completing the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, the organization will receive a final report that includes business executive recommendations, specific findings and potential mitigations, as well as technical attack path details. An optional debrief presentation summarizing preliminary findings and observations is also available. For additional information, consult the Election Infrastructure Security Resource Guide. To schedule a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, contact ncciccustomerservice@hq.dhs.gov. In general, now is the time to take a careful and deliberate look at your business to identify opportunities to grow and challenges to address. Let’s make 2020 the beginning of a great decade! This article was prepared by Jerry Petrick, MBA, certified business adviser with the Washington State University (WSU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jerry provides no-cost, confidential business advisory services by appointment. Contact him via email: jerry.petrick@wsbdc.org


Friday • March 27 • 11:45am - 1:15pm Elk’s Lodge • 900 Ash St. Kelso

$25 in Advance $35 at the Door


Did you know lobsters are immortal? They never stop growing. But, in order to grow, they must first experience immense pressure and discomfort in order to make room for their new shell. Your best employees are like lobsters; striving for growth and embracing challenges to do great work. Crabs, on the other hand, are the cancer within the culture of your organization. When one tries to climb ahead, the rest of them will pull him down as if to say, “If I can’t have it, neither can you.” Learn how to create and deliver a talent strategy to attract the best producers and eliminate the negative disengagement from your teams.

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Workforce Southwest Washington Alyssa Joyner Senior Project Manager – Manufacturing

Don't miss the opportunity to meet motivated young adults at the Youth Employment Summit


our business has an opportunity to engage with your future workforce, and promote your company, industry and job opportunities at the March 19 Youth Employment Summit (YES) at the Clark County Event Center. Meet with 600 students from Cowlitz and Clark counties as they explore careers in our region’s high-growth, high-demand industries and find first jobs.

Shape your future workforce Showcase what you do in the community Get positive exposure to your future workforce Meet students and provide a hands-on experience Focus on construction, tech, manufacturing and healthcare

Participate by hosting an information table, interviewing and hiring students for “first jobs” and/or supporting the event through sponsorship. Register to host a table or hire students by clicking this link https://bit.ly/2pXp7dZ. Contact me at ajoyner@workforcesw.org to learn about sponsorship. Exposure to career pathways not only helps youth make informed decisions about their education and training to achieve their career goals, it’s vital to meeting our local workforce talent needs and helping your business fill current and future jobs.

March 19, 2020 Clark County Event Center

Please say “YES” and join us on March 19! Alyssa Joyner, senior project manager – manufacturing at Workforce Southwest Washington can be reached at ajoyner@ workforcesw.org or 503-410-0408.

Sign up for a table today! Register: https://bit.ly/2pXp7dZ Alyssa Joyner I ajoyner@workforcesw.org I 503.410.0408

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More Good Times at The Columbia! CLASSIC FILM SERIES: THE

LODGER (Alfred Hitchcock, Silent with Music)

Saturday, February 8th 7:30 p.m.

A 1927 silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock accompanied by a live ensemble from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! This film is a $2 FOR THE SYMPHONY CLASSIC, benefitting Southwest Washington Symphony. Tickets $25.


Wednesday, March 4th 7:30 p.m. Two incredible art forms in one unforgettable

theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy. Impossible illusions and spine-tingling orchestral music. Showcasing a stellar cast of internationally-acclaimed dancers, including performers from both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, this show offers amazingly fast taps! Tickets $40-$50, Students $20. FIBRE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION RAINY MONTHS SERIES: For elementary kids and their families. Patrick Garner’s


Sunday, February 9th 2:00 p.m. • FREE Fibre Family Fun activities at 12:30 p.m.

Learn about Edison’s early years and follow his life story as Patrick and a team of audience members recreate pivotal moments of invention by following Edison’s lessons to live by. THIS IS A $2 FOR THE SCHOOLS show benefitting St. Helens Elementary, Longview. Tickets: $7 each or 6 for $30.

MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY A Dallas Children’s Theater’s National Touring Production Sunday, March 8th 2:00 p.m. • FREE Fibre Family Fun activities at 12:30 p.m.

Return to Horace B. Smedley School where they have never won a football game. Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when her alter ego, Miss Viola Swam whips the team into shape. THIS IS A $2 FOR THE SCHOOLS show benefitting Castle Rock Elementary, Castle Rock. Tickets: $7 each or 6 for $30.


Friday, March 20th 7:30 p.m. Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company.

What it really is: a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Audiences of all ages love the effortless transformations. THIS IS A $2 FOR THE SCHOOLS show benefitting St. Rose School, Longview. Tickets $35-$45, Students $20.

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Show yourself some love this year, pick up a self-help book to get motivated


appy New Year! Whether you follow the Gregorian calendar or the lunar calendar, the new year is a great time to not only reflect on the past but, more importantly,

it’s a time to think about the future. Resolutions are one way of acknowledging that we want to make changes in our lives for our betterment. Whether, it’s losing weight or learning a new skill, or just trying to be happier, it all starts with us as individuals. Self-help books are one of the largest categories, and one of the most popular, in all of publishing. Like any category of book, not every title is right for

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and a Life Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb. From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, the latest work by Gottlieb is hilarious, thoughtprovoking, and surprising book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world, where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she). “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life” by David

everybody, but there are so many titles that you are bound to find one

Brooks. In his latest work, bestselling author, columnist and NPR/

that might be helpful for you. Below are a number of recent books

PBS commentator David Brooks explores the four commitments

under the category of self-help that you might want to look at. We

that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family,

have these and many, many more self-help books at your Longview

to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our

Library. Come in and check out what you can do today.

personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute

“Outer Order, Inner Calm” by Gretchen Rubin. With clarity and humor, the bestselling author of “The Four Tendencies” and “The Happiness Project” illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: That for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. For most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work. In this easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down book, Rubin suggests more than

these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

150 short, concrete clutter-clearing ideas so each reader can choose

“You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness

the ones that resonate most. The fact is, when we tailor our approach

and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. Bestselling

to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we’re far more

author and “success coach and motivational cattle prod” (her own

likely to be able to create the order that will make our lives happier,

words), Sincero offers a blunt and irreverent guide to achieving

healthier, more productive, and more creative.

the money, relationships, career, and happiness that one desires

“Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals” by Rachel Hollis. Written by the bestselling author of “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who

through recognizing and doing away with self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and

You Are, So You Can Become the Person You We’re Meant To”, Hollis’

Business” by Charles Duhigg. Former journalist and the best-selling

latest work was one of the most popular books of 2019. The author

author of “Smarter Faster Better”, Duhigg takes us to the thrilling

urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes, and dreams

edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how we

and instead to go after them with passion and confidence.

can change them in this well-researched and fascinating book.

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Connect with Legislators Legislative Briefing Breakfast Begins Monday, January 27, 7am, Elks Lodge And continue each Monday throughout the Legislative Session

John Braun

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Each week, contact is made with our local legislators, either in person or by conference call, for an update on the bills and issues currently under consideration. Gary Chandler from the AWB is our main source of information as to what is going on in Olympia from a business perspective.

Dean Takko th Senator 19 Legislative District

As a business, you often feel the impact from some of the decisions made by our State Legislators on your ability to do business in Washington State. These breakfast briefings give you an opportunity to discuss personally with your elected officials issues that impact your business and seek options that provide for better business operations in Washington. Ed Orcutt

Representative, 20th Legislative District

Gary Chandler, VP with the Association of Washington Business leads a very lively discussion about proposed bills that can affect your businesses bottom line.

January, 27- (60 day session) Legislative Update Breakfast Monday’s During the Session Elks Lodge — 900 Ash St. Kelso 7:00 a.m. Richard Debolt

Representative 20th Legislative District

Jim Walsh

Representative, 19th Legislative District

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This year's sQuatch Fest featured more vendors, more cornhole participants, more craft beer at Brew Mountain and just – more of everything. a Vendors are sQuatch fans too! b Castings of Bigfoot's feet, proof he exists? c Cookies! d Step right up and check in with our volunteers. e Cowlitz County Cornhole drew 204 participants to the tournament.

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Kelso Public Schools

Longview Public Schools

Mary Beth Tack

Replacement Levy Guest Editorial


Strong schools, stronger community


hen you read through your ballot for the February 11 special election, you’ll see a replacement levy for Kelso School District. This is not a new tax. It

replaces the current levy that expires at the end of 2020 and will continue funding of basic education programs and services for the years 2021 through 2024. Local levy dollars are used to pay for staff, programs, services, and materials not fully funded by the state. This levy, when passed, will: Restore: • Maintenance of grounds, facilities, and playfields • Supports for at-risk students Sustain: • Student safety: counselors, health professionals, school resource officers (SROs) • Smaller class sizes • Special education teachers and paraprofessionals • Robust fine arts and music programs • Extracurricular and co-curricular activities, clubs, and athletics Enhance: • Counseling and mental health supports • Early learning and academic achievement

Longview Schools on the right path


replacement levy, which includes important programs related to our children’s education, will be voted on in the February 11 special election. This essential levy provides the funding necessary for the district to continue providing the quality education our students deserve and our community expects. Local educational levies are needed because the state does not fund or fully fund many school programs. For example, the local levy funds about 125 Longview school employees the state does not pay for. This includes general education and special education teachers, counselors, custodians, nurses, security personnel, and coaches. The local levy also helps fund classroom materials, professional development for staff, athletics, arts, and other student activities. The levy on the February 11 ballot will replace the voter approved levy that expires at the end of this year. It also replaces $1.8 million in “one-time only” state funding that will no longer be available to the district. If the replacement levy passes, an owner of a $200,000 home will pay an additional $12 per month in property taxes. On a positive note, the total school tax rates will still be $1.18 less than in 2018. Levy dollars go directly to the classroom to support student achievement. We’re excited about the path the district is on. In 2012, the high school graduation rate had dropped to 67 percent. Through the hard work of our students and staff, the high school graduation is now 86 percent, which is higher than the state average. It’s not just graduation rates that are doing well, its student achievement too. Gains in reading are impressive, with an average 15 percentage point gain of students testing at or above the state standards compared to their first year tested on the state mandated assessment. That translates into 420 more kids reading at the standard level than the first year this data was collected. In math, we’ve seen a 2.4 percentage point gain in the number of For more Longview Schools, see page 23

• STEM related training and student opportunities • Career exploration and opportunities • Technology and instructional materials Schools built on a solid foundation where quality student learning is taking place contribute to a thriving and prosperous community, protecting your home and property investment. Even if you don’t have children in the schools, this issue is important to you because when the quality of schools increases, the quality of the community increases. Strong schools, stronger community. Thank you for all you do, and please vote by February 11. 22 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020

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students who test at or above state standards. In both reading and math, at all grade levels, the gains we’re experiencing exceed the average gains across the state. The school district is providing kids a quality education and is on the right path. Our staff is doing outstanding work to meet the academic and social/emotional needs of our students. We look forward to continuing to work together to help lift Longview as we provide a quality education for the students we serve. We appreciate your interest in Longview Schools and encourage you to vote by February 11. You can find more information about the upcoming replacement levy at www.longviewschools.com. Ray Clift, President, Longview Education Association

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Downtowners: We are a partnership


anuary was an exciting month for the Longview Downtowners. KGW News out of Portland contacted us last week about featuring the revitalization of downtown Longview on their channel. It’s always exciting when anyone takes notice of what we have to offer downtown. On January 25 we hosted our first Sasquatch Saturday as our first quarter event to remind everyone that downtown is open for business. Many of our downtown businesses were open and promoted a variety of sales, raffles, promotions or scavenger hunts. January 25 was also the biggest day for the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce’s sQuatch Fest, which is such a wonderful regional tourism event. Partnering with existing events, along with the creation of new events, is such a fun way to bring people into the area. Partnership is really the heart of everything we do. The Longview Downtowners takes a dedicated partnership of the

city staff, economic development leaders, volunteers, sponsors, business owners, property owners, real estate professionals, property management groups, media outlets and many others to truly develop a downtown district. It requires many people from diverse backgrounds and interests to incubate the placemaking we are all ultimately working toward. You can keep up with our events and partnership opportunities on our Facebook and Instagram @downtownlongviewwa. Our next event is our third annual Shamrock Saturday. Stay tuned for details related to this lucky event. Thank you for your support of downtown Longview! Remember anyone interested in the promotion, preservation, and development of downtown Longview are welcome to join us. We meet the second Thursday of the month at two convenient times – 8 a.m. at the Creekside Café or 3 p.m. at Mill City Grill, upstairs.

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The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is an elite designation from The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent watchdog that sets the highest standards for patient safety in the United States.

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New Members Add your business to our growing membership. Call 360-423-8400 Today!

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Look Who Joined in January Harlie's Angels

Contact: Jennifer DesArmo P.O. Box 1834 Castle Rock, WA 98611 920-809-7271 Harliesangels2013@gmail.com

special events and committee participation. • Annual Meeting and Banquet • Networking Events • Committee Participation • Business Contacts • Quarterly Membership Meetings

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• Civic Representation • Monthly Business After Hours

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• Mailing Labels • Membership Window Decals • Member Referrals • Ribbon Cutting • Website Links • Member to Member Discounts • Membership Directory • Tax Deduction • Newsletter • Business Card Display • Use of Chamber Logo

Representation through action committees, candidate forums and up-to-date action alerts. • Legislative Representation • Issues Tracking and Information • Task Forces • Candidate Forums • Legislative Update Breakfast

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Ribbon Cuttings Healthy Additions

Our Ambassadors rang in the new year welcoming businesses designed to help us keep those resolutions to do more for our health and a healthy business.

a Country Village Nutrition (new location, 1052 Washington Way). b Healthy Choices Health Coaching, Three Rivers Mall c American Workforce Group (new location 1145 14th Avenue)



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Ambassador of the Month Carrie Medack Diamond Residential Mortgage

Medack walks red carpet to Chamber stardom


arrie Medack has been a Chamber Ambassador for 29 years and, as evidenced by her Ambassador of the Month selection, is still going strong. In 1991, when she started with the Ambassadors, they were called the Red Carpet Committee. As an Ambassador, Carrie supports the Chamber ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours, Quarterly Meetings and special events. “She does an amazing job with our members checking in on them and connecting them with other businesses,” Chamber Project Manager Amy Hallock said.

Carrie Medack, second row, second from the left, in 1991 with the Red Carpet Committee, and at our October Business After Hours event at the Steele Chapel.

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Chamber Ambassadors, known as the Red Coats, are an integral part of the Chamber of Commerce. The Ambassador team is made up of active Chamber volunteers whose responsibilities include meeting and greeting at Chamber events, welcoming new members and assisting at ribbon cuttings and community events. Ambassadors juggle busy professional careers while making time to assist the Chamber at a variety of events year long. If you would be interested in wearing a red coat and representing the Chamber, contact CEO Bill Marcum at the Chamber office. Kelso Longview Business Connection | February 2020 | 27





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Specialty Rents hosted January's Business After Hours. In addition to being a great host, owner Kelly Godden played mistress of ceremonies and was very busy awarding door prizes to those in attendance.

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The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce would like to THANK the following loyal members for renewing their partnership with us this February.

News & Events

News and events come from our website. To see more visit kelsolongviewchamber.org

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Expressions of Gratitude Express Employment Wins Awards

The Cowlitz County team took home four awards recently at the Regional Express holiday and awards party. Felicia Wilde was recognized for her 2019 sales effort. The office was recognized for its risk management and safety and receivables. And, manager and Chamber board member Lisa Straughan was honored for her leadership.

DeFrancisco Lampitt and Brado PS DSU Peterbilt Fisher Insurance Agency, Inc. – Scott Fisher, State Farm Agent G L Booth – J G Davis and Associates Green Hills Crematory – Cascade NW Funeral Chapel Kay Green Lower Columbia Contractors Association Signature Transport, Inc. Summerland Catering Services Teague's Interiors

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Congressional staffer joins Port of Longview to lead external affairs

Port of Longview welcomes Dale Lewis, former southwest Washington deputy directory for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler, as its director of external affairs. In his prior role, Lewis served more than eight years as the congresswoman’s liaison to public ports, making him well versed in navigation and transportation issues related to the Port of Longview. As director, Lewis is tasked with developing local, regional, state and national support for Port and industry related projects. His experience at the federal level will be a great asset in generating support and grant funding opportunities for major infrastructure projects, like the nearly $100 million Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion. Additionally, he will actively participate in maritime organizations that advocate for Port interests and work to ensure the Port is well represented in policy level discussions. “The Port is embarking on major infrastructure projects that will require significant government support to complete,” said Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel. “Dale’s government experience will be a critical component to moving these projects forward so the Port may continue to grow and provide local economic benefits.” In addition to government relations, Lewis will oversee the community and marketing communications functions for the Port. He replaces former Director Ashley Helenberg, who stepped down from the position after more than a decade to spend more time with her young children. She will remain in the department, responsible for advertising and media for the industrial and marine terminal business lines. Dan Polacek is also a member of the External Affairs Department, coordinating community relations for both the Port and Willow Grove Park, as well as providing overall communications support. “In my previous role I managed issues for 17 ports across seven counties and have a great appreciation for the economic benefit they provide to their local communities,” Lewis said. “I’m looking forward to focusing on this community and our Port of Longview.”

News & Events Councilmember Wallis elected to serve as Longview mayor

At the January 9 City Council meeting, Councilmember MaryAlice Wallis was elected the 23rd mayor of Longview. She is one of three women to hold the office of mayor in Longview since 1923. “I am honored to serve the residents of Longview and feel privileged to serve as mayor for the next two years,” Wallis said. Wallis joined Longview City Council in 2017. While serving on the council she has supported small businesses and economic growth. She advocates for quality family wage jobs and supports apprenticeship programs and higher education to help ensure all citizens receive necessary skills as they seek employment. She desires a healthy community for citizens to reside and raise families in Longview. “MaryAlice is a ‘total collaborator’, who is hardworking, wellinformed and pleasant to work with,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Wallin. “She enjoys sitting down and working through how to get things done in the city.” “I am successful when we are all successful,” Wallis said.

Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo queen hoping for sell-out crowds

Lindsey Paul takes over the reins as Miss Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo Queen 2020.

Paul, 20, is the daughter of Jason and Dr. Sara Paul of Woodland. She attends Lower Columbia College, studying psychology with the plan to transfer to Washington State University to complete her degree and move on to law school. Outside of school Paul enjoys reading, writing, swimming, camping and spending time with C's Photography her friends and family. She has spent many years attending the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo and is excited to have the opportunity to represent Cowlitz County as Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo queen with her 16-year-old paint mare Madison. Paul’s goal is to sell out each of the three Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo performances this summer at the Cowlitz County Fair.

PeaceHealth Foundation hiring fundraisers in many areas

PeaceHealth Foundations are growing to increase fundraising capacity to meet the needs of its communities and is looking to hire experienced and talented professionals in all areas of fundraising from annual giving and stewardship to prospect research, event coordinator and major gifts. Positions are open at the system, regional and individual foundation level. Check out jobs.peacehealth.org, search Foundation, or call Cathy Barr, executive director at St. John Medical Center Foundation, for information on the positions in Longview and Vancouver.

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News & Events February meeting covers investing in local business network

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) will host a Local Investment Network Meeting from 3-5 p.m. February 5 at the Cowlitz Event Center, 1900 7th Ave., Longview. Local Investment Networks present an opportunity to bring residents together around the common goal to build wealth by keeping local capital rooted in the local economy. For businesses the network is an alternative to banks or other commercial lenders. It offers businesses an alternative to borrow money from neighbors, customers and others interested in their success. For investors the network is a way to see where their money is going and who it is helping. It enables them to invest in the local businesses that make the community the unique place it is. When residents who care about their communties invest in local businesses, good things happen. Small businesses grow. Money goes back directly into the local economy. And communty members see a tangible connection to their investment. For information contact: Bill Fashing, CWCOG economic development district, 360-577-3041. RSVP to cwcog@cwcog.org

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RiverCities Transit moves into expanded downtown Transit Center

RiverCities Transit Center has relocated from its temporary hub on 11th Avenue to its reconstructed and expanded building at 1135 12th Ave. The project, constructed by local contractor JH Kelly, was funded through grants from the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration and local sales tax matching funds. The new and improved Downtown Transit Center will provide transit riders with a safer experience due to the reconfigured pedestrian plaza, elimination of one drive aisle, increased lighting, increased security infrastructure, and large translucent bus shelters. The lobby is now centrally located on the property, easing accessibility for all users, and broadening visibility of the plaza. The Downtown Transit Center serves as a connection point to regional transportation providers such as CAP, Wahkiakum on the Move, and CC Rider. It is also the hub for most RiverCities Transit routes. In addition to improved passenger amenities, the Transit Center expansion provides training facilities for drivers as well as administrative offices relocating from the Longview City Shop. Centrally locating RiverCities administration will shorten response time to passenger and agency issues. A ribbon cutting and grand opening will be announced soon.

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