The goal of Island County's Rural County Economic Development Infrastructure Investment Program is to improve the economy of Island County by creating and retaining ongoing, private sector jobs. To achieve this, the Rural County Economic Development Infrastructure Investment Program offers grants to local governments with qualifying proposals to assist in financing the cost of public facilities that will assist businesses in creating and retaining jobs. The sales taxes used to support this program comes from a rebate back to Island County of the state's share 6.5% of sales and use taxes authorized by RCW 82.14.370, and therefore does not increase the tax to the consumer.
The objectives of this program are to assist in financing public facilities that will stimulate private capital investments which benefit the community and public-at-large and will
Funding is awarded through an annual grant process. Only local government agencies and port districts within Island County are eligible to submit applications. Local governments include the county, cities, port districts, water and sewer districts and other districts that may implement projects consistent with the objectives of this program.
Use of Rural County Economic Development funds is restricted by state law
RCW 82.14.370(3)(a) and may only be used to finance public facilities serving economic development purposes in rural counties and finance personnel in economic development offices. Public facilities "… means bridges, roads, domestic and industrial water facilities, sanitary sewer facilities, earth stabilization, storm sewer facilities, railroads, electrical facilities, natural gas facilities, research, testing, training, and incubation facilities in innovation partnership zones designated under RCW 43.330.270, buildings, structures, telecommunications infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, or commercial infrastructure, and port facilities in the state of Washington."
The following link is to the Rural County Economic Development Infrastructure Investment Program Procedures:
For further information please contact Elaine Marlow, Program Coordinator at (360) 679-7378.
Four applications were submitted for 2019 grant awards. The Commissioners have invited each applicant to give a short presentation about its application, describing the project and demonstrating how each project fulfills the objectives of the Rural County Economic Development Infrastructure Investment Program. Presentations will be held May 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the Island County Commissioners Hearing Room (Room #102B), located in the Island County Annex Building, 1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville, Washington.
The 2019 project applications are: