As the end of the year approaches the EDC is excited to be engaged in a number of activities that will lead to job creation. The opportunities in front of us for 2017 are bright. The new year will ring in new private sector investment into our community.

 

Marketing

Industrial Commission:

The Industrial Commission continues its progress on the construction of a 10,000 square foot building that is being built to accommodate new business. The concrete has been poured and the framing, red iron, has been constructed with an 18-foot clear height. The location on Bishop Road provides good access to the freeway. The building will have 480 volts of three phase power. We anticipate that the building will be completed in the spring of 2017. Please contact the EDC if you know of someone who may have an interest in leasing the building.

 

Fabtech Trade Show:

EDC’s consulting partner Site Location Partnership attended Fabtech. This trade show is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. The event was held in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with 31,100 attendees, and 1,554 exhibiting companies. Our representative at the event, the “Site Location Partnership”, had a presence and made 135 business contacts. Of those, 14 leads were passed on to us and are potentially looking at expanding.

 

Industrial Park at TransAlta:

IPAT has completed the construction of a roadway to site # 1. It is a 25-acre site and the first site that is pad ready.  The total acreage of site 1 is 150 acres. This site has generated interest from a heavy industry use that is appropriate for this site. We will continue to work with the client through their site selection process.

 

Business Retention and Expansion

SCJ Alliance:

SCJ Alliance is opening an office in downtown Centralia at 212 N Tower Ave. SCJ specializes in transportation planning and design and has opened an office in downtown Centralia at 212 N Tower Ave. SCJ specializes in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The office, led by Centralia native Brandon Johnson, is having a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. All are invited to attend, and no RSVP is required.

 

SCJ is already involved in many Lewis County projects including: two new Chehalis elementary schools; several projects at Centralia College, including TransAlta Commons; and the North Lewis County Industrial Access study, for improving access and freight mobility. In Napavine, SCJ completed the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015 and provided a combination of services for development of the Love’s Travel Stop.

 

Reliable Enterprises:

Reliable Enterprises began in 1977 as The Lewis County Prevocational Center aimed at assisting  in the socialization skills of adults with disabilities who had been previously institutionalized. Over the next several years the focus expanded to include employment training services. In 1990 the company rebranded itself as “Reliable Enterprises”.

 

Today, Reliable Enterprises continues to offer employment opportunities to those with developmental disabilities in our Lewis County Community.  They have expanded to further serve the community in offering Affordable Housing, oversight of the Lewis County Head Start Program, the Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program-In-Tot, Family Support Network, Parent to Parent, and in 2016 added Connecting Families Visitation Services, which provides supervised visitation services in Lewis, Grays, Pierce, Cowlitz, Grant, Clark, and Snohomish Counties.

 

Reliable Enterprises successfully strives toward funding self-sufficiency while establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with other local non-profits.  Additionally, Reliable Enterprises receives funding from Federal, State, and County Programs.  All donations and proceeds from the New Life Thrift Stores stays locally to support and serve programs in the Lewis County community.