As part of the Port of Olympia’s Small Cities Program, the port’s commission announced a new round of investments in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm.

Each community will receive $10,000 in matching funds to be used in the following ways:

Bucoda will buy equipment to help grow its Annual Haunted House

Rainier will perform renovations and preservation work on the historic Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Tenino will continue building a shaded pavilion that will cater to bicyclists and feature water bottle filling stations, seating areas, bicycle racks, and facilities to make small repairs.

Yelm will administer a Retail Trades Study that will analyze economic patterns in south Thurston and southeast Pierce Counties and provide feedback about specific opportunities for the city to retain, grow, and bring new businesses to the area.

The Small Cities Program allocates funding for economic and community development in incorporated Thurston County cities with fewer than 15,000 citizens. Applications from eligible cities are reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development and Port of Olympia staff, and then forwarded to the commission for approval.

Over the past eight years of the program’s operation, funds have helped build a community center in Yelm, put up visitor signs in Tenino, improve sidewalks in Rainier, and renovate the Oddfellows building in Bucoda.