The Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) is investing roughly $5.2 million in low-interest loans and grants to support community, economic, and rural broadband development across the state, including in Lewis and Thurston counties.

“Getting communities the economic development infrastructure they need to be competitive is a top priority for CERB. These projects will help businesses expand and create new jobs, and provide greater opportunities for the citizens of Washington state,” stated CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

Funding for Lewis and Thurston counties include:

Lewis County — $50,000 grant to the Lewis County Public Utility District No. 1 for its broadband planning study to assess current infrastructure and business practices, and to determine timeline, priority list, and project scope for further broadband development. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Thurston County — $50,000 grant to the Nisqually Indian Tribe for the Nisqually Broadband Regional Feasibility Project – Proposal 2. This study will review the potential viability of a fiber-optic Open Access Network in the towns of Rainier and Tenino and surrounding areas. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Other public funding will be distributed among approved projects in Adams, Benton, Clark, and Cowlitz counties. For more information about these projects, visit this website.

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