June 2021 Business Connection

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Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

If all goes as planned, this year's Chamber Golf Classic will have a different look.

Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Bill Marcum CEO

k June 2021

Volume 13 • Issue 5 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

Ready for return to normal


here is light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Gov. Jay Inslee has given us hope that by June 30 Washington state will be 100 percent open. Granted, we might have some restrictions, but it looks like we will be able to open to operate business at 100 percent. It’s been nearly 15 months of restrictions hindering the operation of our businesses. There’s even word we could open sooner if the state of Washington can get to 70 percent full vaccination rate. Currently Washington sits at 45 percent fully vaccinated and at 55 percent who have had at least one dose. What does that mean for Cowlitz County? It means a Go Fourth Festival, sQuatch Fest, Cowlitz County rodeo and fair, Squirrel Fest, Crafted brew festival and so many other fun and fundraising events. Events like fun runs, parades and baseball games like Babe Ruth, Little League, Cowlitz Black Bears and so much more are likely a go. I can’t wait for the limitations to be lifted. My Early Edition Rotary Club will be meeting this month in person for the first time since March 10, 2020. It’s welcome relief, I am ZOOMED OUT!


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It looks like I am not the only one ready to get out. The Chamber is gearing up for our Golf Classic on June 21 at Three Rivers Golf Course. In my nine-plus years at the helm of the tournament it has never been full, meaning we have 30 teams ready to tee off. Also, this year, eight weeks from the tournament date, we are full. Sponsorship is also full. We are also working on sQuatch Fest, July 30-31 at the Cowlitz County Event Center and fairgrounds. We are planning some activities inside and some outside, just in case all the restrictions are not lifted. We have several new speakers coming to our area, check out the ad on page 2. Just last week we had more than a dozen people register online to attend the two-day event, several of them were from the Los Angeles area. Last year more than 400 people from California all the way across the country to West Virginia attended the event in January before COVID restrictions kicked into gear. So, keep moving forward, wear your mask when asked by local businesses, get vaccinated and help us get this state and Cowlitz County businesses back open and running at 100 percent. It’s a small price to pay to help your neighbors and friends return to work and help local business owners regroup and start welcoming us all back to business as normal.


Friday, July 30, 4 pm - 9 pm & Saturday, July 31, 10 am - 8 pm

Cowlitz County Convention Center • Great line-up of speakers • Over 90 vendors • Over 15 breweries in Brew Mountain • Kids’ Cave • Great food vendors & more!

Scheduled Speakers Include:

Friday, July 30 Events

• 4 pm to 8 pm

Speakers, Axe Throwing, Craft & Food Vendors • 4 pm to 9 pm Cornhole Tournament & Beer Garden • Camping available on-site with electricity for only $15 a night (no water hook-ups)

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• David Paulides

• Cliff Barackman

• Russell Accord

• Bob Gimlin

• 10 am to 6 pm Kids Cave, Bush Cabin Story Time, Axe throwing • 10 am to 8 pm Food & Craft Vendors, Speakers, Cornhole tournament, Brew Mountain Beer Festival • Camping available on-site with electricity only $15 a night (no water hook-ups)

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Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chris Roewe, President Woodford Commercial Real Estate Lisa Straughan, President Elect Express Employment Professionals Frank Panarra, Past President Foster Farms Marlene Johanson, Vice President Heritage Bank

Cowlitz Economic Development Council Ted Sprague President

Weathering the storm left by the pandemic


ith the increase in vaccinations and loosening of restrictions, we are seeing our retail and hospitality economy making a comeback. The continued good health of our vulnerable populations is of primary importance, but it

Neil Zick, Treasurer Twin City Bank

is reassuring to see us getting back to a new sort of normalcy in our lives. This new type

Michael Claxton, Legal Counsel Walstead Mertsching

business owners and their policies on wearing masks in their establishment. Try to think

Duane Dalgleish Cowlitz PUD Rich Gushman Gibbs & Olson Keenan Harvey City Council, Kelso Wendy Kosloski Teague's Interiors Nick Lemiere Edward Jones Cherelle Montanye St. John/PeaceHealth John Paul KUKN-KLOG-101.5 The WAVE

of normal should not be taken advantage of and I hope people are respectful of private of it as a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy for your nose and mouth. Of the struggle’s businesses have had to deal with over the past 15 months of the pandemic the one that comes as a surprise to many is the inability to find a sustainable workforce. This is a national problem and is not unique to Cowlitz County. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, Cowlitz County has lost approximately 600 jobs since March 2020. Of course, the biggest drop of 3,400 jobs occurred in April 2020 and we have slowly been building back since then. When looking at the balance of the state, the April 2021 unemployment rate is remarkably similar. Generally, there are large gaps between urban and rural areas, with King County being as low as 2.3 percent prepandemic and other areas of the state being in double digits. It will be interesting to watch, as we come out of the pandemic to see how the balance in unemployment changes. We have seen an increase in companies from urban areas express interest in moving to a more rural setting. Will this be a trend or a blip? Only time will tell.

Bruce Pollock Bicoastal Media Tom Rozwood NORPAC Christine Schott City of Longview Councilmember Marc Silva Columbia Bank Ted Sprague Cowlitz Economic Development Council Michael Vorse Minuteman Press Dennis Weber Cowlitz County Commissioner

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Business Toolbox Jerry D. Petrick

Certified Business Adviser


Looking to sell your business in the next three years?

aving weathered one of the most challenging economic periods brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic you may be looking at your business (even the idea of owning a business) in a new way. The good news is you and your business have emerged from the worst (we hope) of the downturn. You probably have fewer competitors and you have learned to modify your business practices to survive or even thrive under adverse conditions. Since the economic recovery has started, we have seen a steady increase in clients wanting to buy or sell a business. There are a few things business owners can do to prepare their business for a sale transaction. In many cases, it is a good idea to start three or more years in advance. Knowing your longer-term plan makes it easier to make decisions/take actions TODAY that will support your longterm goals. In working with your business adviser, we can discuss things to consider and provide guidance on what information you will need to start getting together to sell your business.

are out there chasing the same buyer dollars you might be targeting? •

How does your business stack up against other business opportunities regarding cash flow, return on investment, and profit margins?

What are your absolute requirements for a sale deal versus your desires for the liquidation event?

What could you do to make your business more attractive/ profitable/easier to acquire compared to the other options investors may have?

If you are buying a business, the Small Business Development Center adviser can help identify things to look for in the business offering, prepare a financial analysis and talk about bank requirements. Below is an example of how sales prices and asking prices compare for the sale of businesses over the last few years:

Information such as: •

Your NEEDS and wants from the sale transaction – do you REALLY need a retirement income flow?

Estimated value of your business – with as little ego included as possible.

Candid assessment of the overall financial health of your business.

Assets included in a sale – what do you plan to sell?

Options for financing – your financial goals and options/ impacts of various alternatives.

How to find a buyer?

Commonly I see cases where a business owner tries to keep the tax burden so low that the business shows a loss each year. This may be good for taxes, but when it is time to sell, buyers do not want to buy a business that is not profitable/has negative cash flow and a bank does not want to lend money for a losing venture. In other words, you cannot have it both ways – paying low/no taxes comes along with a business that isn’t profitable. KEEP THIS IN MIND when you are considering making financial moves primarily to reduce tax liability – this can backfire when looking to maximize the value of your business for sale. There are some steps you can take to not only increase the sale value, but to identify potential buyers that can gain you more from a sale: •

Shop the market for businesses like yours – what alternatives

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Considering the events over the last 12-16 months you will be wise to perform year over year comparisons to understand how the pandemic impacted your business and what actions you have taken to address the impacts. This analysis will help you make a case for higher valuation and point to the strengths your business has versus other options buyers may be evaluating. Let’s talk about the future of your business. This article was prepared by Jerry Petrick, 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 jerry.petrick@wsbdc.org


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Cowlitz County: Road to Recovery Friday, June 25, 2021 Elks Lodge — Kelso 11:45 — 1:30 pm The 2021 Legislative Session concluded with a record budget of just over $59 Billion. Much of those additional tax dollars coming from business in the form of a costly cap and trade system, capital gains tax and several programs that are either starting in January 2022 or increasing at a faster pace, like the wage and hour rules for next year. All making it increasingly difficult for local business to continue doing business. With all of this how do we continue the “Road to Recovery”? Come listen to our local 19th and 20th district legislators as they give us some insight on how they see business and the state moving forward through this crisis.

$25 in Advance (by June 18th) $35 at the door.

Confirmed to attend. Senator Braun and Representative Abbarno from the 20th District are unable to attend.

Jim Walsh Representative 19th Legislative District

Joel McEntire Representative 19th Legislative District

Ed Orcutt Representative 20th Legislative District

Jeff Wilson State Senator 19th Legislative District

Cowlitz-Wahkiakim Council of Governments Bill Fashing CEO

Broadband taking a front and center position as essential infrastructure


he Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is forming a Broadband Action Team (BAT) to develop a broadband plan for Cowlitz County. A BAT is a collaboration of community stakeholders who meet regularly to discuss broadband challenges and identify ways to secure enhanced broadband access throughout the community. The BAT will help develop a community broadband vision, identify areas that lack reliable broadband service, and create and implement a plan for addressing gaps in service. The committee will be chaired by Chris Baily, Lower Columbia College president and CWCOG Board of Directors member. Broadband impacts the economic health and well-being of a community. The pandemic has highlighted its essentiality for education, business, health care, and emergency response. Recent data from an ongoing speed test survey conducted by the State Broadband Office (SBO) has reinforced the long-identified need for improvements in Cowlitz County. While 25 MBps is the federal government’s minimum speed to be considered broadband, the most recent SBO survey results showed nearly 50 percent of Cowlitz County participants had download speeds below 10 MBps, including nearly 10 percent with no service. Take the broadband speed test at your home or office to help provide information into the process. The speed test is ongoing and can be accessed here. Watch the CWCOG website, cwcog. org, for updates on the effort. In addition to a significant amount of funding being available for broadband infrastructure, we are seeing funding to assist area residents with access to broadband service. The upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Washington •

How to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (PDF)

Washington State Broadband Office EBB Program fact sheet (PDF)

Federal Communication Commission’s EBB webpage

Program contact: EBBinfo@commerce.wa.gov

Lower Columbia Investment Network The Lower Columbia Investment Network presents an opportunity to bring residents of the regional community together around a common goal: to build wealth by keeping local capital rooted in the local economy. The CWCOG is working with residents, investors, local business owners, and other stakeholders on a Local Investment Network within the region. The CWCOG, in conjunction with Washington State University Extension and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, have been working to develop the foundation of this program For Businesses: The Network is an alternative to banks or other commercial lenders. The post-recession credit market has tightened, and offers businesses an alternative to borrow money from neighbors, customers and others interested in your success. For Investors: The Network is a way to see where your money is going and who it is helping. It enables you to invest in the local businesses that make your community the unique place it is. Click here for more LCIN information including FAQs for businesses and investors. When residents who care about their community invest in local businesses, good things happen – small businesses grow, money goes back directly into the local economy, and community members see a tangible connection to their investment. Get Involved: Interested in local investment opportunities? Click here to download the Local Investor Application. Have an investment opportunity for others to consider? Click here to download the Business Opportunity Submission Form.

About the CWCOG The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments is a governmental planning and services agency composed of local governments in southwest Washington state. Its board consists of representatives from Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties but it serves throughout the region including Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties as well as 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 resources in the areas of transportation and economic development, contracts to provide long-range community development planning, and coordinates insurance pooling to select members. The CWCOG serves as a Census Affiliate. Kelso Longview Business Connection | June 2021 | 7

Workforce Southwest Washington Miriam Halliday

Director of Programs

A vision for the future of workforce: economic mobility through an equitable recovery


conomic mobility: the core of the American dream. It is the foundational promise of the nation: through effort and moxie, anyone can prosper. Thanks to a wide array of excellent publications and research during the past 20 years, workforce development professionals know that the probability of economic advancement for Americans can vary dramatically based on family, neighborhood, race, gender, class and other factors. These intersectional identities have an immense impact on the availability and equitability of access to the means of achieving prosperity. Adding to the complexity, and often undue hardship, faced by many opportunity seekers, are federal, state, and local institutions that were intentionally or unintentionally designed to isolate, divert, over ask, and undercut opportunity and mobility for some of the aforementioned identities more than others, especially among Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other people of color. This legacy of structural racism continues to be the often-unseen catalyst of many of the inequities visible in society, including in the unequally distributed traumas inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 ravaged our national and local economy and racial justice became a central American dialogue, the team at Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) knew that a new, bold vision was needed to address the myriad threats to economic equity and security. WSW developed enhanced connections with partners to reach Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) and created new organizational standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In response to the pandemic, WSW invested substantially in recovery efforts for laid-off workers, developed innovative strategies for virtual jobs training, and worked alongside businesses to create a “Quality Jobs Initiative” to prime the post-pandemic economy. With the knowledge that WSW can – and must – do better in addressing social determinants of prosperity, WSW’s Board of Directors developed a new organizational strategic plan with input from the community. The 2021-2023 Workforce SW Washington Strategic Plan will serve as our guidepost for the next three years, as we work to create a more equitable, just, and prosperous southwest Washington economy. In the plan, WSW strives to focus first and foremost on the individuals, families, and communities that currently live in southwest Washington—they have and will continue to be the foundational resource for our local economy. In expressing our value and strategic goal of equity, we will especially emphasize those who have been marginalized or excluded in our past investments and research. 8 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | June 2021

While this work will be at the very core of all three goals of our strategic plan, economic mobility will augment our investment policies to measure and ensure that workforce system programs are meeting the needs of BIPOC communities. Over the last few months, the WSW team focused on developing an Equitable Talent Development Investment Plan to meaningfully and intentionally prioritize the communities most impacted by COVID-19. One key component of this plan is to focus on developing our future workforce by increasing inclusion in our existing programs and building new and intentional programming for our growing Latinx and other communities of color. To ensure this approach leads to tangible and impactful outcomes, WSW is also committing to developing and implementing a programmatic evaluation strategy. The team will strive to shine a light on historical and contextual dynamics that create and sustain oppression and implement solutions that can shift the “rules of the game” so that southwest Washington families have what they need for social stability and economic security. We want to ensure that individuals and communities have access to the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society and also contribute to the creation of those elements. Engagement with BIPOC communities throughout southwest Washington in conversation, listening, and participation is essential to the success of this work, as together we build trusting, strategic, measured and meaningful partnerships, as considered under “Goal 3 Systems Change” in our 2021-23 strategic plan. WSW recently released and closed a request for proposals for allies to guide this endeavor and action plan over the next year. Coined the Alliance for Economic Prosperity, the network will unlock and expertise and resources across partner organizations to provide their common customers a coordinated progression of services that leads to self-sufficiency and economic opportunity. The team at WSW envisions a region where economic prosperity and growth exist for every person. Further, we acknowledge that no one organization can build, provide programs and services, and sustain economic opportunity alone. We hope you will join us on this journey to build a more inclusive and prosperous Southwest Washington. Please reach out to me at mhalliday@workforcesw.org or to any of the WSW team. Miriam Halliday is the director of programs at Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW). Reach her at mhalliday@ workforcesw.org. WSW is the local Workforce Development Board overseeing the public workforce system in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Clark counties.

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City of Longview

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Reviewing the ins and outs of recycling

A long list of Longview successes

e have been enjoying some extremely nice weather lately, which makes us want to get up, go outside clean out the garage, the attic, the barn or carport and much more. Once we get started, we kind of stop and wonder...hmm... now what? What am I going to do with all this stuff? Well, let me help you with that (not physically, but figuratively). Recycle bins.

t has been nearly 1,230 days since I was elected to City Council and about 500 days since being elected mayor. I want to thank the Longview citizens for your support and for the blessing and opportunity this service has been in my life so far. Getting to know and serve you has opened my eyes not only to the needs of the community, but the deep empathy for humanity that exists in Longview.


Kelso has several areas where recycle bins are located. I will share those locations in this article. But first let’s determine the various types of recycling material(s) allowed in those areas. Newspaper is allowed at all recycling stations. Please remember to remove strings or rubber bands. Junk mail, magazines, colored paper and cereal type boxes are considered mixed paper. Mixed paper can only be recycled at the North Huntington Junior High site (500 N. Redpath St.). You do not need to remove labels. Windowed envelopes are accepted, we do however ask that the liner inside the cereal boxes be removed. Cardboard is accepted at all sites. Please remember it needs to be clean cardboard, broken down to fit in the recycle bins. Plus, it is easier to put in your vehicle if it is broken down and you don’t have to worry about the loss of visibility or the chance a loose box will fall out of your vehicle onto the highway. Both 1 and 2 plastics can be recycled at all sites. Please remember to remove lids before discarding into the recycle bins. Aluminum cans (flatten or crushed) as well as clean foil can be recycled at all sites. Rinsed tin cans with labels removed and flattened may be recycled at all sites as well.


Being the mayor during a pandemic hasn’t been easy; but with the development of the Cowlitz County Incident Management Team and the leadership of City Manager Kurt Sacha and Longview city staff, all have managed to keep the city functioning well. Stretching oneself opens up unimaginable possibilities. When our minds expand, questions and then solutions to problems emerge – and with that effort, success is possible. Working with six city councilors to make policy for our city has been invigorating and sometimes challenging – but always worth it. After I was elected mayor in January 2020, a reporter with The Daily News asked me what success looks like. I replied, “I am successful when we are all successful.” While we may not always share every point of view or value, know that council is committed to working through tough issues and recommending solutions for our city. Over the past three and a half years, your council has worked hard to secure grants and other resources that have added to Longview’s safety and beautification. Here is a short list of some of these projects we’ve accomplished:

Clear, green and brown glass can be recycled at two sites, 1115 S. Pacific Ave. and behind Super 8. No window or auto glass is accepted. Remember NO BAGS OR BOXES shall be place in the “GLASS ONLY” recycle bin.

• The addition of a gazebo and interpretive panels in RA Long Park

If you have oil or antifreeze containers, they are accepted only at the sites at 1115 S. Pacific Ave. and east of the Super 8.

• Improved intersections on 7th Avenue and 3rd Avenue

Old paint, pesticides, chemicals, syringes and batteries are considered moderate risk hazardous waste and must be dropped off at Waste Management on specific dates and times. Please contact them for more information at 360-577-3125. As we all get busy with our life, we forget about the little things (some time big things) that create a nuisance and distraction for not only us but the visitors that come to our cities and county. Let’s all do our best to remember that first impressions can make a lasting impression. So let’s not be disappointing and discouraging to our newcomers. With baseball season amongst us, my hope is that each and every one of us look around and take the time to put our recyclables in the bins that are labeled for those designated items and keep our city and environment respectful as well. 10 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | June 2021

• Interpretive panels and sidewalks leading to the Shay Locomotive • Upgraded 15th Avenue, Nichols Boulevard and soon, Oregon Way • A new 70-foot ladder firetruck for our fire station • Additional firefighters and police officers • Opening and extending the dike path for foot travel • Construction of RiverCities Transit building on 12th Avenue • Opening a satellite police station at Archie Anderson Park • Construction of Legends Firing Range • Acquiring $900,000 for upgrades to Lake Sacajawea Park Our community has certainly been blessed. What a pleasure to be a part of these accomplishments. I’m excited for the future as we continue to grow and “become”. Onward and upward.



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Dan Zorn



Welcome to Lexington Elementary!

Graduation, summer support and fall return

n Fall 2021, hundreds of Kelso students will enter the halls of a new elementary school, thanks to YOU. This building would not be possible without the support of our community. By voting YES for Kelso schools, you have given Lexington-area students an opportunity to learn in a modern, state-of-the-art facility that will serve our community for generations.

t has been a school year like no other and we are looking forward to next year. Families, school employees and students have faced numerous challenges this year and made the best of a difficult situation.


Here is some interesting information about the new building: Size •

105,000-square-foot building

6,400 square feet of covered play

Community: Inside and Out •

Each grade level of classrooms is grouped around a shared learning area, creating small communities within the school

Gym, commons and stage can be opened to the public for community use after hours, while the rest of the school is secure

Large garden and outdoor classroom with benches and raised planters

Safety •

Secure vestibule design ensures all visitors go through office before entering school

Part of a central, district-wide security monitoring system with remote lockdown capabilities

Secure entries with card reader access and camera systems

Rooms designed to allow for occupants to be out of the line of site during a lockdown

A Traffic Management Plan has been developed and implemented to maximize safe pedestrian and vehicle traffic

Sustainability •

Meets Washington sustainable school protocol

Made with low volatile organic compound materials

At least 20 percent of materials are from within 500 miles

On-site water filtration through rain gardens and bio-swales removes contaminants before water enters rivers and lakes

Drought-tolerant, native plants

Fun Facts The spaces in the building were laid out in a series of work sessions with teachers and staff from Beacon Hill and Catlin •

The building shape and orientation separates the site into

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We are thankful Longview students at all grade levels are now in school full-time and doing well. Students are making the most out of what remains of this school year and we are hopeful the positive momentum will carry over into a great start to next year. While this year’s sports seasons have been shortened, it was great to see the kids get the opportunity to participate and be with friends. We are excited to be planning traditional graduation ceremonies on June 12 at Memorial Stadium for both RA Long and Mark Morris high school students. Immediately following the graduation ceremonies each school will also hold drive through celebrations in front of their school buildings. More details about high school graduation events will be sent out by school principals. To help our kids achieve their academic goals we are offering expanded summer school this year. Students have the opportunity to attend summer school at all grade levels. Summer school at lower grade levels will focus on literacy and math, middle school will focus on literacy and STEM while high school students who have fallen behind will have the chance to get back on track with graduation requirements. Enrichment opportunities will also be available to high school students. More detailed information will be sent to our families from each of our school principals. Looking ahead to next year, Longview schools’ students will be attending school full-time, five days per week. After-school sports, activities and clubs will also go back to normal schedules. If parents want their child to remain in remote instruction, a remote school option will be available for students at all grade levels. When school starts in the fall students will have expanded after-school learning opportunities as well. The focus of after-school programs will be to help students with any remaining learning loss from missed class time. More information about expanded after-school learning opportunities will be distributed at the start of next year. Finally I’d like to take a moment to thank the Chamber, citizens, the business community, parents, students and staff members. During some tough times the support and good wishes from all of you has helped us continue our mission of serving all kids, no matter the circumstance – thank you.

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public and private sides, creating places out of the way of traffic that are safe for outdoor play and gardening

■ Super Respectful

Bus and car drop-off areas are separated to minimize traffic congestion, provide long queuing lines on site, and keep cars off the street

■ Always Safe

The state-of-the-art design is adaptable to changing educational models and needs, allowing the new facility to serve the community well for generations

There are two STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) classrooms to better prepare our youth with these important skillsets

Contemporary playground equipment in both the kindergarten and upper grade level play spaces encourages movement, socializing, and motor skill development, with cushioned ground below to help break falls

The green exterior reflects the forest colors behind the school, and is seen throughout the interior on floors, walls, and signage

Creating Our Culture Facilitated by PointNorth, a team of 21 Kelso School District staff leaders engaged in several workshops to plan the desired internal culture for the new Lexington Elementary School. Their work resulted in a Lexington Leadership Team Charter and a community survey that supported the development of final Lexington vision, mission and beliefs. VISION: The vision of Lexington Elementary School is to prepare students to be life-long learners and contribute to society as productive, kind, and compassionate citizens.

■ Outstandingly Responsible ■ Really Kind Did you know? This isn’t the first Lexington school. According to the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, the original Lexington, which would have been K-8th grade, was probably built in the 1920s, and was where the Lexington Fire Station is now. Bittersweet Beginnings While there is a lot of excitement around the new Lexington Elementary School, opening it means closing two others: Beacon Hill and Catlin. Just as there have been teams of people to plan, design, and organize the building of schools, Beacon Hill and Catlin each have a team dedicated to the closure of their beloved elementary school. Watch each school’s website in June for information on closing and commemorative events and videos. Meanwhile, here’s a little about these two Kelso schools. Beacon Hill Elementary •

Beacon Hill built in 1966-67.

The school was named after the hill it was built on, which got its name because there was a nondirectional beacon at the top of the hill. The beacon was later moved to Rocky Point in Kelso.

Unique to this school, Beacon Hill has an Extreme Team that was first formed in the 1996-97 school year. The Extreme Team is a traveling team of 1st-5th graders who double Dutch jump rope, juggle, tumble, and unicycle.

MISSION: At Lexington Elementary #WEARE empowering students to fulfill their dreams and goals as they soar on their educational path toward college, career, and community readiness. BELIEFS: At Lexington Elementary School, we believe in celebrating learning, growth, and achievement. Through perseverance and a passion for learning, all students will SOAR!

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Catlin Elementary •

The first Catlin school was built in 1884.

The second Catlin, then referred to as West Side Building, was built in 1900.

In 1909, the school’s name was changed to Catlin Building after Kelso city limits were extended to include the school.

In 1912, the third Catlin was built on property bought from Mary J. Catlin on west 8th Avenue North. The School Board agreed to keep the name of Catlin in honor of the Catlin family. Seth Catlin, Mary’s father-in-law, settled there in 1850.

Fourth and current Catlin Elementary was built in 1947 on Long Avenue. The 1912 Catlin building and property were sold in 1948 to the Cowlitz County Dairymen’s Association and a creamery was built on the site.

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Lower Columbia College Chris Bailey President

LCC excited to announce its second bachelor’s degree program


ower Columbia College (LCC) has opened enrollment into its second bachelor’s degree program: Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and

Technical Management (BAS-OLTM). Campus administrators see the program as a nice addition to the Lower Columbia Regional

difficult for local employers to find managerial talent and for our area to recruit and attract significant potential employers into the region. The BAS-OLTM degree is primarily designed for people who

University Center located on the LCC campus. The center houses

have earned associate degrees, particularly in technical fields,

approximately 80 programs, including some graduate programs,

who now want to supervise or manage within an organization. It

from LCC and other four-year partners. Most of the programs are

is also designed for those technically skilled individuals (e.g., in

primarily or entirely online.

machining, manufacturing, automotive, heavy equipment, diesel,

Only about 16 percent of Cowlitz County residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is less than half of the state rate for four-year degrees. Low baccalaureate rates can make it

Service is the difference!


welding, business technology, or early childhood education) who may want to open their own shop or business. The BAS-OLTM is a career-focused, applied science degree aimed to prepare graduates for positions in leadership, management, and supervisory roles in private, public, and nonprofit organizations. The program is designed for working adults with a range of professional technical associate degrees and a diverse set of work experiences and professional goals. LCC’s program will help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead and manage others through the study of

Kristy Norman Escrow Officer

Anna Bayless Escrow Officer

Phuong Stanyer Escrow Assistant

Steve Quaife Branch Manager

behavioral and leadership theory, professional communications, project management, workplace and environmental safety, conflict resolution, theories of decision making, change management, ethics, and diversity. Apply by June 30, to be a part of the first

Emily Synoground Escrow Assistant

Leah White

Escrow Assistant

Pam McCormick Bookkeeper/Recorder

Breshae Brunette Title Plant Admin

cohort. Find out more about the program at lowercolumbia.edu. Lower Columbia College’s first bachelor’s degree was initiated in 2019, a Bachelor of Applied Science, Teacher Education. The BASTE program similarly remedies a huge local problem, the need

Jason Hanson Title Officer

Darren Plank Title Officer

Cooper Hart Title Officer

Leah Stanley Title Officer

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to recruit and retain local teachers. In June, its very first cohort is scheduled to graduate. Lower Columbia is currently looking at adding additional baccalaureate opportunities to its mix in hopes of continuing to meet the needs of business and industry, its students and the local community.

2021 Small Business

BOOT CAMP Special Series Starts Friday, May 14, 2021

Friday Mornings via Zoom ★ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Hiring Struggles Continue.... Small Business Boot Camp NO COST Business Help... just attend via Zoom Sponsored by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce and SWSHRM: Southwest Washington Society of Human Resource Management.


Friday, May 14

Leave Laws: Employee Leave Rights

Staying Afloat While Managing Employee Leave Rights

Privacy in Employment: Managing an Employer’s Rights to Protect Reputation and Trade Secrets Against an Employee’s Rights to Privacy.

Friday, June 4

Presenter: Jean Back, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt Jean brings more than 25 years of experience in helping manufacturers and technology-focused employers solve problems to complicated employment scenarios. She has broad expertise in litigation, mediation and settlement of employment and business tort claims. She is fluent in all areas of state and federal employment, wage and hour, discrimination, and leave laws. Jean is skilled at training managers and employees in employment compliance. https://www.schwabe.com/attorneys-jean-back

Pre-Hire, Hiring & Job Descriptions ed let p m o c Friday, May 28 Salary vs. Hourly: completed Friday, May 21

New Rules now apply to Wage & Hours

Presenter: Melissa Galindez, Ultimate Staffing Services, a Roth Staffing Company Melissa Galindez is a Washington native who relocated to Oregon 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona. She leads Ultimate Staffing as a Branch Manager, however, Melissa considers herself a human connector. She accomplishes this by assisting companies in attracting and retaining top talent so they can focus on what matters most: the growth of their business. Melissa brings to the table more than 20 years of leadership, 17 years of recruiting experience and 5 years of owning and operating her own firm. She is an industry expert in HR, administrative support, supply chain and logistics, as well as accounting & finance. mgalindez@ultimatestaffing.com

There is no cost to attend any of these Boot Camp classes, however you must register at kelsolongviewchamber.org and the Zoom instructions will be emailed to you prior to the class.

Sponsored by:



Calendar June 2021 Sunday








2 Education

3 Chamber

4 Boot Camp,


Foundation, ZOOM, 8am

Ambassadors, 7:30am, Columbia Bank

Privacy in Employment, 7:30am, ZOOM



8 BAH, Catlin







15 Chamber






21 Chamber Golf




25 Quarterly




29 Chamber


Properties, 5:307pm

Classic, Three Rivers Golf Course, 1pm

Executive Board, Noon, Mill City Grill

Board Meeting, Noon, Mill City Grill

Luncheon, Elks, 11:45am-1:30pm

July 2021 Sunday










4 Fourth of July

5 Office Closed



8 Chamber





13 Chamber







20 Chamber










30 sQuatch Fest,

31 sQuatch Fest,

Fourth of July

Executive Board, Noon, Mill City; BAH, 5:30pm Board Meeting, Noon, Mill City Grill

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Ambassadors, 7:30am, Columbia Bank

Cowlitz County Event Center

Cowlitz County Event Center

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

Business Association with opportunities to promote trade through Chamber socials, special events and committee participation.

Look Who Joined in May AT&T

Harold Elston 1015 Ocean Beach Highway Longview, WA 98632 360-261-9335 Harold.elston@att.com

• Annual Meeting and Banquet • Networking Events • Committee Participation • Business Contacts • Quarterly Membership Meetings • Civic Representation • Monthly Business After Hours

RMA Executive Financial Group Zebadiah Wade 1087 Manchester Court West Linn, OR 98068 503-939-5113 zeb@rma-nw.com

Business Services include marketing for your business, referrals and access to Chamber publications and research data. • 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

Consistent Courteous Complete Title and Escrow Services

• Candidate Forums • Legislative Update Breakfast • Demographics Publication

Membership Packages Basic • $275 or $26 per month Bronze • $500 or $46.66 per month Silver • $1,000 or $86.33 per month Gold • $2,500 or $211.33 per month Platinum • $5,000 or $416.66 per month Diamond Club • $10,000 or $834 per month Nonprofit • $180 or $18 per month

1425 Maple Street • Longview, WA 98632


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Mind Your Own Business (At The Library) Chris Skaugset Director – Longview Public Library

Outdoor or indoor adventures await


e are coming to that time of year where people begin to shake of the wet winter and spring rain and think about going outside and other places. Last year, the pandemic made even this more difficult as many hiking trails were closed or only allowed limited numbers of people on the trails. With increasing vaccinations, we are seeing the lessening of some of the COVID-19-related restrictions which should make it easier for all of us to get out into the world a little bit. It’s different for each person but it seems like we all are more than ready to stretch our legs a little and see what’s out there. Whether it’s a local hike or bike ride, a drive through the country or flying across the world, I think we are all looking forward to getting away from it all. Below are some of the library’s latest titles that might help you take that step outside and if you’re not ready, or interested, in doing that, we have many titles that can help take you away without leaving the comfort of your own home. So, whatever your preference, visit your Longview library and let us help you have an adventure this summer. “The Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff ” by Johanna Garton. This is the amazing story of mountaineer Christine Boskoff. This book is equal parts inspiration, drama, and heartbreak. If you are a fan of mountains, mountain climbing or loved “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer this book might be just what you want. “Appalachian Trail: A Biography” by Philip D’Anieri. The Appalachian Trail is America’s most beloved trek with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring it to life over the past century. This character-driven biography of the trail is a must-read not just for ambitious hikers, but for anyone who wonders about our relationship with the great outdoors and dreams of getting away from urban life for a pilgrimage in the wild. “Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essays” by Robert Michael Pyle. While you’re out exploring, if you really want to discover more about the natural world, no one is better suited to take you to nature then lepidopterist, naturalist and denizen of southwest Washington Pyle. “Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir” by Julia Zarankin. At a turning point in her life, Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of 35. She didn’t expect that it would change her life and take her into the life of a birder. 18 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | June 2021

Zarankin’s thoughtful and witty anecdotes illuminate the joyful experience of a new discovery. In addition to confirmed nature enthusiasts, this book will appeal to readers of literary memoir, offering keen insight on what it takes to find one’s place in the world. “The Camping Life: Inspiration and Ideas for Endless Adventures” by Brendan Leonard and Forest Woodward. Packed with expert information and inspiring photography, this book is the perfect invitation to leave the noise and screens behind, if only for a single night, and reconnect with nature. From backpacking to bike packing, camping while white-water rafting to big wall climbing, the authors cover nearly everything you need to know. Most importantly, returning refreshed, recharged, and alive with new experience. “Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events that Made the Movement” by Deborah D. Douglas. If you’re looking to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement in a more tangible way, this book offers a vivid glimpse into the story of Black America’s fight for freedom and equality. “Fodor’s Arizona and the Grand Canyon” is an update to a great travel guide to the desert southwest. Summer might not be the time you want to visit there, but when the weather starts to turn, it’s a beautiful place to see. “USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 62 Parks” by Becky Lomax. They’ve been dubbed America’s best idea for a reason. This book will help get you inspired, get you outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States one National Park at a time. “Rick Steves’ Spain.” In case you want to travel a little further, here is the latest of the northwestern traveler’s guides to visiting Europe. Learn all the best ways to travel, places to visit and experience Spain like it should be experienced. “Moon Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood” by Matt Wastradowski. You don’t need to travel around the world to see beautiful places and get away from it. Just in our backyard there is the Columbia River Gorge which gives you the beauty of nature at its finest, yet still close enough that it can be day trip or a weeklong adventure. This book will help you get the most out of your trip.




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News & Events

News and events come from our website, press releases, and public information shared with us. To see more visit kelsolongviewchamber.org

City of Kelso offers volunteer opportunity on mosquito commission The City of Kelso is excited to announce a new volunteer opportunity for residents living within City of Kelso city limits. The Cowlitz County Mosquito Control District has an opening. This important commission serves as an advisory body to the Cowlitz County Commissioners. The commitment is minimal with meetings two to four times per year. This important position is a great way for civic minded people to serve their community. You will find the application on the City’s webpage under Volunteer Boards and Commissions or by coming to City Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Longview Early Edition Rotary hosts online auction to support projects The Longview Early Edition Rotary presents The 12 Days of Rotary, a virtual auction, through June 12. For a $10 entry fee, participants can spend the 12 days bidding on a variety of items including destinations, experiences, one-ofa-kind merchandise and more. Money raised through the auction helps Rotary support the community through scholarships for college bound students, books for children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, maintenance of the Rotary Spray Park, and so much more. Click here to register. For more information go to https://www. facebook.com/events/292182192513510

For more News, see page 21

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Building Business Relationships “

Our business members are our financial partners, so our goal is to ensure every business, no matter how large or small, receives fast and efficient service. We strive to meet business members’ individualized needs with top-notch products, competitive rates, minimal fees, and extraordinary service. Whether you’re established and looking for a new financial partner or you’re just starting out on your business venture, we look forward to building a partnership with you.

Karla Seaman, Business Relationship Coordinator

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Help bring stray shopping carts back to their original locations

They have been described in many ways. Most call them an indispensable convenience. When found in the park, on a sidewalk or on the street, some call them three-dimensional graffiti and signs of urban decay. Others, aesthetic blight. We all know them as shopping carts. The reality is that shopping cart theft and abandonment is a festering problem that seems to be getting worse in our community. In May 2019, the City of Longview passed a shopping cart ordinance designed to help curb the problem of abandoned shopping carts scattered throughout the city. Stolen and abandoned shopping carts pose a cost. Cart loss and retrieval costs retail stores thousands of dollars each year and that cost gets passed on to their customers. When left out in the community, abandoned shopping carts can impact public health and safety, obstruct access to sidewalks and streets which can interfere with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Cart abandonment also contributes to conditions of blight in the community that can reduce property values. What you need to know: A section of the new shopping cart ordinance mirrors Washington State Law making it a misdemeanor for any person to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or to knowingly possess a shopping cart without the written permission of the store owner or the store owner’s authorized agent. Rules and regulations at a glance: (LMC 7.34) • Every shopping cart made available for use by customers is required to have a sign permanently affixed to it that includes contact information consistent with state law. Store owners will be subject to penalties for carts not retrieved after receiving notice from the city. • Every store making more than 10 shopping carts available is required to submit to the city a “Shopping Cart Containment Plan” that will detail their efforts to keep shopping carts from unauthorized removal from their premises. • Store owners are required to patrol and retrieve carts removed from their premises on all public streets within a half mile radius of the retail establishment every 72 hours. Reporting abandoned carts – Every shopping cart made available for use by customers is required to have a sign permanently affixed to it that includes contact information consistent with state and city law. Please CONTACT CART OWNER FIRST. The stores contact information will be on the cart sign. If there is not a sign that provides store contact information or if the cart is not retrieved within 48 hours after contacting the store, contact the City via email at carts@mylongview.com, by phone at 360-442-5093, or by using the Android or iPhone app “GoRequest”. Contact us – For more information about the specific rules governing shopping carts, please call the Code Compliance Division at 360-442-5093. For detailed information, visit the City website at www.mylongview.com Kelso Longview Business Connection | June 2021 | 21


Business After Hours Games Galore

Cowlitz County Title Company took our May Business After Hours outside. It was a beautiful evening for games, refreshment and catching up with friends.

a A tent provided the perfect place to sneak out of the sun and grab a bite to eat for the 93 attendees. b Cornhole was one of the fun activities provided. c Branch Manager Steve Quaife welcomes guests. d General Manager LeeRoy Parcel calling raffle ticket numbers while Chamber Ambassador Pam Whittle does her best Vanna. e Axecutioner rolled their mobile unit into the parking lot.


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2021 January 12: OPEN February 9: March 23: JoJo CoCo & Wander April 13: Teri’s May 11: Cowlitz Title June 8: Catlin Properties July 13: American Workforce August 10: Snap Fitness September 14: ServPro October 12: Farm Dog Bakery Life Works November 9: Fidelity National Title December 14: (Holiday Mixer)

Interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2022? Contact the Chamber at 360-423-8400 or email ahallock@kelsolongviewchamber.org


Virtual Performances by local artists! SATURDAYS AT 5PM WATCH ON THE COLUMBIA THEATRE'S FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE SEE ALL PAST VIRTUAL SHOWS AT WWW.COLUMBIATHEATRE.COM Columbia Theatre Longview Box Office: 360.575.8499/ www.columbiatheatre.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/CTPAtheatre YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheColumbiaTheatre

We keep your family safe and healthy As the largest healthcare provider in Cowlitz County, our team has the experience and comprehensive services to coach you through whatever life throws your way.

§ Pediatric Care § Advanced Heart & Vascular Care § Behavioral Health Services for adults and children § Comprehensive Women’s Health Services and modern Family Birthing Center


Your Chamber Connection

EVERY Wednesday on KEDO 1400AM Join our hosts Carey Mackey, Red Canoe Credit Union; Karen Sisson; Shawn Green, ServPro Longview/Kelso and Marc Silva, Columbia Bank for local guests and current events. Would you like an opportunity to be on Your Chamber Connection? Contact Bill or Amy at the Chamber 360-423-8400.

a Ashley Lane, author of "Sincerely, Mildred" shared a copy of her book with our radio hosts. b Billie Bevers with the Cowlitz County Master Gardeners invited listeners to the plant sale. c Alyssa Joyner updated us on the latest from Workforce Southwest Washington. Stream Your Chamber Connection live at www.kedoam.com



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Tune in to…

Your Chamber Connection Recorded on Wednesdays 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Listen at 6:00 pm KEDO 1400 AM or 99.1 FM Featuring your hosts: Carey Mackey - Red Canoe Credit Union Karen Sisson Shawn Green - Longview Kelso Servpro Marc Silva - Columbia Bank

The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce would like to THANK the following loyal members for renewing their partnership with us this month. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Craig Stein Beverage a

Dahl McVicker Funeral Homes Entek Corporation Life Mortgage Noelle A. McLean Attorney at Law Papé Machinery PNE Construction

Ribbon Cuttings The Cap to a Beautiful Day

With COVID restrictions starting to lift our Ambassadors are picking up the pace and hustling to welcome our new members.

a Capstone Cellars owners Debbie Luchau and Kirk Raboin took center stage during their ribbon cutting event. b Pucci Pup owner Reagan Royale handles ribbon-cutting duties during the event.

Red Canoe Credit Union 15th Avenue Red Canoe Credit Union 30th Avenue Safway Services, Inc Searing Electric & Plumbing Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park The Dog Zone Umpqua Bank

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Ribbon Cutting Good Vibes

Owner Rebecca Cooper does the snipping as Ambassadors Pam Fierst and Carrie Medack welcomed Vibe Cannabis Co. to the Chamber.


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Cowlitz County Commissioners Joe Gardner

County Commissioner, District 3

Input regarding COVID recovery funding spending valued and welcome


hrough Congress’ enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 the U.S. Department of the Treasury formed the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

program to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. The Department of the Treasury also released guidance on how these funds can be used. Eligible jurisdictions are beginning to receive funds and will be looking to make decisions regarding where to disburse them into the community.

• Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff; • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector; • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue

Via the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress has allocated funds to jurisdictions across the country. Below is a breakdown of the funds to the various jurisdictions:

experienced due to the pandemic; • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health

States $195.3 billion

risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,

Counties $65.1 billion

• Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making

Metropolitan Cites $45.6 billion Tribal Governments $20.0 billion Territories $4.5 billion Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government

$19.5 billion

Cowlitz County’s portion of the $65.1 billion allocation is $21 million and it will be received in two installments with the first half being received in May of 2021 and the second half in May of 2022. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide local jurisdictions a fair amount of flexibility as to how the funds are spent within their communities. For example, these funds can be used to support small businesses, impacted industries, public health, essential workers and households, as well as infrastructure projects. More specifically, according to federal guidance outlined at Treasury.gov website the County may use Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to:

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necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and storm water infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet. Currently no decisions have been made as to exactly where to direct the funds the County is to receive. At a recent Board of Commissioners workshop there was good discussion and strong support for the infrastructure component of this funding, especially regarding the opportunity to expand access to broadband internet. As well, some components of the “public health expenditures” and “negative economic impacts” guidance were of interest to the Board. As usual, the Commissioners value and welcome your input as we prepare to make decisions regarding the use of your tax dollars and how they are spent in our community. You can contact the Commissioners at 360-577-3020 or email at: gardnerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us mortensena@co.cowlitz.wa.us weberd@co.cowlitz.wa.us

Congratulations to the following Chamber Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients Marie Harris Scholarship Anna Hallowell, Kelso High School - $1,000 Emma Johnson, Mark Morris High School - $1,000 Ashlynn Rowton, Kelso High School - $1,000 Imani Paige Reardon, Kelso High School - $1,000

Lower Columbia Professionals Scholarship Ashden Niemeyer, Wahkiakum High School - $1,000 Caleb Mouat, Woodland High School - $1,000 Shelby Stevens, RA Long High School - $1,000 Emme Mackey Mark Morris High School - $1,000 The Kelso Longview Education Foundation promote and encourage the next generation of business and its professionals through community involvement, networking and education. They strongly support education, and the future success of youth, raising money for a scholarship fund to benefit a Cowlitz/Wahkiakum high school senior.

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