Projects in each of Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities  will receive an economic boost from Port of Olympia in 2014.

Bucoda, Rainier and Yelm will each receive $10,000 and Tenino will receive $5,000. The Port Commission approved the funding awards at their July 14 meeting.

The intention 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. A city receives the funds after completing the project and submitting the required information to the Port. 

This was the second year that all four of the county’s small cities applied for funds through the program. 

Bucoda’s renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center will receive funds for the fourth year. Two rooms will be restored for a free clinic, museum and other uses. Rainier will use the Port funds to plan for a wastewater treatment facility so that commercial development can go forward in a cost-effective manner and generate new jobs. Tenino will enhance the prospects of additional jobs related to  tourism by using the Small Cities’ funding award to prepare a Tenino Park  Master Plan. And Yelm is planning a new community center which will bring activity and regional customers into the historic downtown. The Port funds will assist with project design. 

For the purposes of the program, “small cities” are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.