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GHCOG Board Meeting - Thursday, September 25th

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments board will hold their monthly meeting:
Thursday - September 25th at 7:00 p.m. 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

East Aberdeen Mobility Project – Improving Travel in our Community

Increasing vehicle, freight and rail traffic along US 12 in East Aberdeen is resulting in traffic congestion and delays. In order to document existing conditions and analyze options to ease congestion and improve safety, the Grays Harbor Council of Governments has initiated the East Aberdeen Mobility Project. The final plan will identify the highest and best alternative, specifically designed to address deficiencies and provide a roadmap for moving the project forward.

For further information on the East Aberdeen Mobility Project currently underway, please see the project website at:

Public Funding Newsletter July to December 2014

The third 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.

Note: Applications for the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Urban and Small City programs are due August 22nd.

July 2014 Public Funding Newsletter

Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights - April 1st 2014 Population Estimates

The GHCOG Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure has been updated with Office of Financial Management April 1st population and house unit estimates, and current employment estimates from WA State Employment Security. See the link below for the brochure, in PDF format.

July 2014: Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure

Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) 101 Workshop Presentation

Introduction to TIP Workshop held April 16, 2014. The workshop explained basic TIP issues:
How TIPs work: Local, Regional, and State
Annual TIP development timeline
When changes need to be made to TIP throughout year
Answers to common questions when programming your local TIP

You may download the workshop Powerpoint presentation, in PDF format - TIP 101

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

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