Sen. Cantwell Announces Grant to Bolster Economic Development for Cowlitz, Wahkiakum Counties

Cantwell-backed program will fund implementation of new strategy to diversify, strengthen the county economies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments has been awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to implement a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region.

The grant contributes $70,000 to the $140,000 CEDS project, which establishes a roadmap for private and public sector collaboration to create economic development that strengthens and diversifies the regional economy, supports private investments, and creates jobs in the region.

“This grant is critical to helping provide the vision that Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties need to continue to create sustainable jobs and spur diverse economic development,” said Cantwell, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee. “Creating strong private and public partnerships will help the region find new and innovative ways to increase job growth and economic opportunity.”

Senator Cantwell has been an ardent supporter of EDA grants during her career in the Senate. She consistently supports the program during the appropriations process, ensuring that strong economic development projects throughout the country receive the necessary funding.