BFCG NEWSLETTER - Benton-Franklin Council of Governments

JAN
2015
VOLUME MMXV ISSUE 1
BFCG NEWSLETTER
B E N T O N
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F R A N K L I N
C O U N C I L
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G O V E R N M E N T S
Serving the economic and transportation sectors of our region including the
BENTON-FRANKLIN REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION
BENTON-FRANKLIN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS MAKES PROJECT SELECTIONS FOR THE
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM & TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM
SELECTED PROJECTS STP – (FFY2018) and TAP (FFY 2014-2015)
The BFCG is pleased to announce the approval of project selections for the 2014 STP and the
2014 -2015 TAP programs. Approval was given at the December 19th meeting of the BFCG Board. STP
projects selection included a variety of improvement types for a total of $3,390,978. The 2014-2015
TAP projects were selected for a two year program of $596,772.
AGENCY
PROJECT TITLE
STP AWARD
TAP AWARD
Urban Large > 200,000 population
Kennewick
Edison Street Widening
$928,000
Richland
Duportail Street Improvements (Wright to Thayer)
$454,500
West Richland
Belmont Boulevard Phase 3&4
$499,615
Pasco
Traffic Signal Improvements - Citywide (3)
$200,000
Pasco
Interchange Traffic Study (I-182 between Rd. 68 & US 395)
$240,000
Pasco
Dual Right Turn Road 68
$495,370
Kennewick
Columbia Drive Streetscape
$100,000
Richland
Vantage Highway Pathway Phase 1
$204,739
Pasco
Traffic Signal Improvements - Citywide (3)
$125,000
TOTAL STP URBANIZED =
$2,817,485
TOTAL TAP URBANIZED =
$430,090
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In This Issue
STP & TAP PROJECTS . . . . . 2
Mark Your Calendar
January 8th – TAC Meeting – CANCELLED
January 13th – BFCG Executive Committee Meeting - CANCELLED
2014 HSTP ADOPTION . . . . . 2
January 14th – 1:30pm RRLF Meeting @ BFCG
January 15th – PAC Meeting – CANCELLED
SMALL BUSINESS
NEW YEAR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
January 20th – 1:30pm CREDiT Meeting @ BFCG
January 23rd – BFCG Board Meeting -CANCELLED
DECEMBER
BOARD BRIEFS. . . . . . . . . . . 3
January 26th – 4:00pm HAEIFC Meeting @ Ben Franklin Transit, Richland
January 28th – 1:30pm Small Cities Meeting @ BFCG
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STP & TAP PROJECTS (continued )
AGENCY
PROJECT TITLE
STP AWARD
TAP AWARD
Urban Small < 200,000 population
Prosser
7th Street Improvements
$88,954
TOTAL STP URBAN =
AGENCY
PROJECT TITLE
$88,954
STP AWARD
TAP AWARD
Rural < 5,000 population
Benton County
Sellards Road - Phase 1
$365,347
Franklin County
Taylor Flats Bridge #903-3.46
$259,500
Connell
Arterial Surface Restoration II
$39,387
Benton County
Prosser to Grandview Ped/Bike Pathyway II
$89,614
Connell
Arterial Surface Restoration II
$58,916
TOTAL STP RURAL =
$664,234
TOTAL TAP RURAL =
$148,530
2014 HUMAN SERVICES TRANSPORTATION PLAN ADOPTED
The 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan for Benton and Franklin Counties (HSTP) was
adopted by the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Board on Friday, December 19th.
The purpose of the 2014 HSTP, developed by The Council of Governments in conjunction with WSDOT, Ben Franklin Transit
and additional stakeholders, is to define how Benton and Franklin Counties may best fulfill the federal requirement for
a coordinated, cost-effective and efficient multi-provider transportation system for the transportation disadvantaged. An
outcome of the HSTP is eligibility of service providers in the RTPO for certain state and federal transit grant funds.
In the process of Plan development, a Stakeholder meeting and a public meeting were held to evaluate and identify unmet
needs for the target populations – poor, elderly, physically challenged and otherwise underserved– of the HSTP.
The Plan may be viewed on the BFCG website at: www.bfcog.us/transportation.html.
If you have any questions or comments about the Plan please contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or [email protected]
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SMALL BUSINESSES BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR!
With everyone starting on their New Year’s resolutions, it shouldn’t come as
too much of a surprise that many people are thinking of starting a business in
2015. The economy appears to be moving along at a positive pace, with GDP,
the unemployment rate and access to capital all headed in the right direction.
As a result, now may be as good of a time as any to take the plunge into
entrepreneurship.
According to the Dec. 21st, 2014 Forbes article, “10 Best Industries for Starting
A Business In 2015”, Small business owners are reportedly the most optimistic
they’ve been since early 2008, with several surveys indicating they also plan to
hire more workers in 2015. And even though formation of businesses with more
than one employee has declined over the past 30-plus years, the number of sole
proprietors is on the rise again, and Americans by the largest share since 1999
believe there are good opportunities for starting a business.
Sally Mohr,
Community and Economic Development Manager
Ajsa Suljic, ESD’s Regional Labor Economist stated that the Tri-Cities region showed a 3.4% compound average growth for
new business starts. In 2011-2012, 4.3% new business started and in 2012-2013, 5.9% of new businesses started in the region.
We anticipate that the number of new Tri-Cities businesses starting in the 2014-2015 years will show an increase as well. We
have seen a significant increase in loan inquiries as well as small business support requests.
The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments have had eleven clients pay off their business loans this year meaning that
the businesses that we supported are doing well enough to pay off their debts. We have also gained eight new business loan
clients at the Benton Franklin Council of Governments, showing us that there are many people out there who are now willing to
start or expand their business ventures within our community. The community and economic development staff are increasing
outreach in order to provide available access to capital to local businesses to help with the growth and sustainability of our
regional economy.
If you know someone interested in access to capital or need to know where to start, please have them call us at 509.943.9185.
On January 28th, 2015, staff will also have an informational booth at the Women in Business Expo at the TRAC in Pasco, WA.
Please stop by and visit us there for additional information as well!
DECEMBER BOARD BRIEFS
•Approve Resolution 04-14: Adoption of the 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Plan for Benton and
Franklin Counties.
•Approve 2014 STP Competitive Process Prioritized Listing/Funding Levels.
•Approve Resolution 05-14: Establish BFCG Wellness Committee and Wellness Policies.
•Approve Resolution 06-14: Adoption of 2015 BFCG Administrative Budget.
•Approve Hanford Advisory Board - Nomination of Vicky Freedman as BFCG HAB Member and Brad Peck as BFCG
HAB Alternate.
BFCG hereby gives public notice that it is the agency policy to assure full compliance with
Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on
Environmental Justice, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.
Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
1622 Terminal Drive
P. O. Box 217 • Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-9185
www.bfcog.us
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