CARES Act Funding


The Cascades West Economic Development District (CWEDD) received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding to assist partners with responding to the specific recovery needs in the unique communities across the district. Eligible applicants included City and County governments in Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn that demonstrated direct work supporting and improving economic resiliency and recovery. A total of 27 applications were received with 18 projects being funded.

Decisions to award were based on the following:

CARES Funded ProjectsProject Highlights Below:

    Discard Upcycling in partnership with Viking Sewing and Lane Workforce Partnership came together to launch Viking Textile Maker Hub (VTMH).  The hub offers a textile maker’s space, industrial sewing training, alterations, use of industrial sewing machines for textile craftsmanship, workforce training, and potential contract fulfillment. Additional machines to fit the specific needs of local manufacturers were purchased with a $15,000 grant.

    OCWCOG is helping our communities recover from the economic shock of the COVID pandemic. We were able to fund a special project in each of our four counties.

    The Siletz Public Library is an important community hub in Siletz.  The computer system was upgraded with a $7594 grant to provide better security and greater processing ability.   Additionally, six new laptops were purchased for classes and activity groups. The new system will be used by adults and youth for workforce support, accessing resources, completing schoolwork, taking college courses, conducting research, playing games, and staying in touch with family and friends.  Through technology services at the library, people are enabled to meet basic needs, enhance their skills, and find new opportunities, promoting resiliency, hopefulness and self-sufficiency.

    OCWCOG is helping our communities recover from the economic shock of the COVID pandemic. We were able to fund a special project in each of our four counties.

    Lane County received $9,875 to highlight each of their 10 rural cities unique qualities and strengths that can meet the changing needs of businesses, employees, and remote workers. This project will conduct visioning and asset mapping exercises and use that information to create professional marketing materials. These marketing efforts will help support rural communities’ efforts in building back better and creating a stronger, more resilient economic ecosystem.

    Toledo and the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County (EDALC) received $2,950 for Oregon Prospector research and data entry. Oregon Prospector, managed by Business Oregon, is a robust mapping and property marketing tool, but currently, there are only two properties listed in Lincoln County. Commercial property for sale, buildings for lease, and buildable land inventory throughout the county will be listed on Oregon Prospector.
    The City of Eugene received $5,400 to purchase equipment to ‘Zoom enable’ classrooms in the Innovation Hub at 942 Olive Street. The Innovation Hub houses entrepreneurial services in the Eugene area. Onward Eugene partnered with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce to support and build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in early 2020. The young organization had to quickly pivot in the pandemic and shift all its programs and outreach to a virtual environment.
    Newport along with the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County (EDALC) received $4800 to develop a regional information tool on the web. This tool will allow multiple organizations to easily share their priority focus areas and active projects. EDALC hopes that once this tool is developed that it can be deployed to other communities through the Ford Family Foundation’s Community Website Partnership Program.
    The Mid-Valley Partnership (MVP), consisting of Lebanon, Sweet Home, Philomath, Adair Village, Brownsville, Harrisburg, Monroe, and Halsey received $10,000 to define the geographic boundary, values, and goals for economic resiliency in the MVP region. A website will be created with new branding that unifies all eight cities committed to the partnership. The website will serve as a regional resource connecting local businesses to resources for recovery and expansion.

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