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GHCOG Board Meeting - Thursday, April 24th

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments board will hold their monthly meeting:
Thursday - April 24th at 7:00 in the
Port of Grays Harbor Commission Chamber - 111 South Wooding Street, Aberdeen
See below, in PDF format, the meeting agenda, 2014 GHCOG board meeting calendar, and driving directions.


2014 GHCOG Meeting Calendar

Driving Directions

Job Opportunity: Part-time Office Coordinator

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the part-time position of Office Coordinator. This position works with staff, board members and elected officials, and is responsible for Agency finances, official correspondence, and the general flow of the office environment. A high degree of professionalism and accuracy in both communications and accounting are required.

A full benefits package for the employee is available. Grays Harbor Council of Governments is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free workplace.

The position is open until filled with first application review on March 28, 2014. Applicants wishing to participate in the first review must submit the required materials no later than Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

1 – Job Description
2 – Supplemental Material
3 – Submittal Information

2013 GHCOG Annual Report

The 2013 GHCOG Annual Report was presented to the GHCOG board at the February 27, 2014 meeting. The annual report highlights a sample of work performed for GHCOG members in 2013. The 2013 Annual Report, in PDF format, is available below.

2013 Annual Report

Public Funding Newsletter January to June 2014

The first installment for 2014 of the quarterly GHCOG Public Funding Notification Alert is now available! GHCOG publishes the newsletter quarterly to assist our members with finding funding for their transportation, infrastructure, recreation, and planning projects.

The Recreation and Conservation Office will be taking applications for recreation, habitat conservation, and boating projects in early 2014. Take this opportunity now as they will not be distributing funds again until 2016. See the link below for the full newsletter in PDF format.

January 2014 Public Funding Newsletter

Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights - updated!

The GHCOG Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure has been updated with current employment estimates from WA State Employment Security, families and persons in poverty and median house value estimates from US Census Bureau, and median age and population over 65 estimates from WA State Office of Financial Management. See the link below for the brochure, in PDF format.

February 2014: Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure

Local Events Calendar, Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Find out what's happening around Grays Harbor! Brought to you by Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Active Living Project – Biking Assessment

The Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Department and the Grays Harbor Council of Governments worked together this fall to develop an assessment of existing bicycle facilities. A small pilot project within the main urban core of Grays Harbor (Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam) was completed to identify existing bicycling facilities including multi use trails and preferred bicycle street routes; community activity centers and destinations; and impediments to biking. Below you will find links to the project conclusion and summary and a selection of mapping outcomes.

Conclusion and Summary of Findings
Existing Bicycle Facilities Map, pilot study area
Potential Bicycle Facilities Map, pilot study area

Community specific maps and further information on the biking assessment project can be found on the biking assessment page:\bikingassesment2012.html.

NOAA Marine Debris Program - Japan Tsunami Debris: Information and FAQs

The March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While heavier materials sank close to shore, lighter material have been scattered by winds and ocean currents in the North Pacific. Items have already begun landing on the U.S. West Coast. See Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center and NOAA's Japan Tsunami Debris information and FAQs websites for more information and where to report tsunami debris.

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center:
Japan Tsunami Marine Debris, NOAA:

Community Street Maps - available in PDF format to download

GHCOG is now able to provide street maps in PDF file format that the public may download for free. The community street maps were created utilizing BING basemaps available with ESRI GIS software. Street maps for all nine incorporated communities in Grays Harbor are available and a large number of smaller unincorporated places within the county. Links to the map pages are below.

Community Street Maps page
Unincorporated place Street Maps page