Submitted by The Port of Olympia
For the sixth year, projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities will receive a boost from Port of Olympia. On April 13, the Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each.
The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.
Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.
On March 31st, the Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development Corporation reviewed Finance Director Jeff Smith’s analysis of the cities’ applications, qualified the eligibility of the projects, and recommended that the Commission approve the funding awards.
Here is how the cities will use their 2015 Small Cities Program funds:
Bucoda will continue the renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center that serves both residents and visitors. Included will be the purchase and installation of an emergency generator.
Rainier will install wider sidewalks, bulb-outs and landscaping along Binghampton Street (State Route 507) to build downtown character and enhance the setting for local and visiting shoppers.
Tenino will assist visitors and residents by installing directional signage to places of interest and commerce, coin-operated showers at the City Park, barbeques in the camp ground and benches along the sidewalks in the historic district.
Yelm will continue construction work on its new community center (pictured above) in Yelm City Park, which is the heart of the Central Business District and historic downtown and within easy access of visitors and residents alike.