Community meeting in Cosmopolis continues economic development strategy

A follow-up meeting regarding economic development possibilities in Cosmopolis is this week.

In April, the City of Cosmopolis announced a public meeting to discuss the possibility of using from the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare an economic development strategy to attract new investment and assess sites in the area.

Following the April 29 meeting, the City is inviting residents and those interested to a second community engagement event on Tuesday, July 30 for the city’s planning project.

According to a release, the Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) and City of Cosmopolis are working with a consultant team (Stantec Consulting Services, Leland Consulting Group, and Walker Macy) to develop a strategy for revitalizing vacant and underutilized properties to stimulate public and private investment.

“We continually seek input from business/property owners, community representatives, residents, and other stakeholders to help identify economic development opportunities, prioritize City initiatives/projects, and create a vision for the future of the Cosmopolis waterfront and downtown areas ”

In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $600,000 of Brownfield Assessment Grants to GHCOG and supported by the cities of Cosmopolis, Aberdeen and Hoquiam. A portion of the funds are being used to prepare an economic development strategy for Cosmopolis to attract new investment and support reuse/revitalization of underutilized properties for community benefit.

The remainder of the Grant funds are being used to perform environmental assessments on catalyst sites to facilitate property transactions and redevelopment and facilitate community engagement.

The Tuesday meeting is a follow-up from the prior meeting, although anyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cosmopolis Fire Station
111 D St, Cosmopolis
Onsite parking is available at the corner of C Street and 2nd Street.
Other Info
Beverages and light refreshments will be provided

Darrin Raines
City Administrator
City of Cosmopolis
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Vicki Cummings
Executive Director
Grays Harbor COG
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