News for the week of February 7th

Join Rep Mike Chapman on Coffee with Colleen on Wednesday, Feb 9th at 8am:
Rep Chapman will provide an update on major bills being considered during this short (60 day) legislative session. We will discuss the North Olympic Legislative Alliance’s (NOLA’s) top 3 priorities:

*Extension of the .09 Sales Tax Rebate to Rural Counties
*Lower Elwha Bridge Replacement Timeline
*Assist Rural, Economically Distressed Communities
*Prevailing Wages
*Enact Policies to Support Local Contractors
*Postpone the Electrician Apprenticeship Mandate
*Support Workforce Housing
*Continue to Expand Rural Broadband

Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89474510306?pwd=VlIrRHh5RG1nYVh3V3JXRzFSMmRodz09 Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447One tap mobile+12532158782,,89474510306#,,,,*187447# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)February 16th – Corina Allen, DNRs Chief Hazards Geologist, will review the Clallam County’s recently released Tsunami Inundation Maps and videos depicting expected impacts to waterfront communities in Clallam County from a large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. 
BUY GALA TICKETS HERE
Was Your Household or Business Financially Impacted by Nov 13 & Nov 15 Rain Storms? If so, there is FEMA Flooding Assistance to Support You:A recent article from the Peninsula Daily News outlines the 3 Disaster Recovery Center’s locations and times.This assistance is available to affected individuals and businesses in Clallam County and the Quileute Tribe. If you are a resident or business owner who sustained damages in the November floods, you can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover. 
GRANTS…
Lifeboat 3 Application Portal is Now Closed.
The Port of Seattle has Announced they are Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Tourism Marketing Support Program!
Local communities, destination marketing organizations, ports, chambers of commerce, tribal organizations and non-profits within Washington state are encouraged to apply with proposals targeting out-of-state visitors via the use of Port facilities: SEA Airport, cruise terminals, or recreational marinas. Application documents and submittal instructions can be found at VendorConnect. Search by procurement number 22-14. All Application Forms and Project Proposals are due no later than 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Submit emailed applications to e-submittals-purch@portseattle.org. Tourism plays a vital role to Washington’s economy as the 5th largest industry in the state. For details on the 2022 Tourism Marketing Support Program, you are invited to attend one of our Information Sessions. If interested, please register for one of the following options: February 10, 2022 from 10 – 11 a.m. To attend, please REGISTER HERE!
The 2021-23 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) grant application is now open.The 2021-23 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) grant application is now open. Please visit our website for the link to the Zoom Grants application and to access supporting materials.
A Guide to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:A bipartisan Infrastructure law passed in mid-November, is historic in its size – the largest ever investments in broadband, rail and transit, clean energy, and water which allocated funding to over 350 distinct programs across more than a dozen federal departments and agencies.
Download the Guide Here
Other Good Stuff…
FFC Affordable Connectivity Program: On Dec. 31, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program
This program, created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, is a longer-term replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more.

The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying 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 more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Enrollment in the ACP is now open for households with at least one member qualifying under any of the following criteria:
Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.
Participates in tribal-specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.
The 9 million households fully enrolled in the EBB program as of Dec. 31, 2021, will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until March 1, 2022. More information about steps current EBB recipients must take to continue receiving the ACP benefit after March 1, 2022, will be available in the coming weeks.
For application questions, email ACPSupport@usac.org or call 877-384-2575.
WA CARES – Long Term Care Insurance Update: The state’s long term care insurance program, referred to as WA Cares, has been paused for 18 months. Local governments were to begin collection of WA Cares insurance premiums from their employees starting on January 1, 2022, but that process is now delayed until July 1, 2023. In addition, benefits under the program will be available on July 1, 2026, rather than January 1, 2025.This blog will detail the reason for the pause and the steps local government employers should take at this time.https://mrsc.org/Home/Stay-Informed/MRSC-Insight/February-2022/State-Puts-WA-Cares-on-Hold-for-Now.aspx
Resources for Employer Health Insurance for EmployeesAre you looking to provide health insurance for your employees? Here are a few Washington State options!Business Health TrustOne Redmond 
Clallam County Free Food Resources: WSU Extension has provided a comprehensive list of free food resources for Clallam county. To download the list click the button below.You can also find this and other resources at chooseclallamfirst.com/communityrelief
Free Food Resources
Since 1981, the private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit EDC has been priority-focused on recruiting quality new businesses to Clallam County while retaining the existing businesses and assisting in expansion. The EDC supports companies in creating new jobs and to grow the economy and infrastructure of our rural county and Washington State.

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