Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments

The CWCOG is a regional planning organization providing economic development and transportation planning services. It provides multiple services for area businesses through its Economic Development program.


The CWCOG serves a variety of planning functions for its member agencies. We serve as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Longview/Kelso/Rainier bi-state metropolitan area, the Regional Transportation Planning Organization for a five-county region and we also serve of the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) designated Economic Development District for Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. As the Economic Development District the CWCOG provides a number of business facing services and resources and works in cooperation with a variety of public and non-profit agencies to promote a strong economic environment for the region.The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is a joint governmental agency composed voluntarily of local governments in Washington State’s Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties and Oregon State’s City of Rainier and organized under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 39.34.10. Its core purpose is to study regional and governmental problems of mutual interest and concern as established under RCW 36.64.080. Council of governments or regional councils are unique in that they are a legislative-formed and agency sanctioned for the specific purpose to bring federal, state and/or local governments together to address regional and long-range issues and come to cooperative resolutions.

Services offered by this organization are listed below. This provider specializes in the areas listed in bold.


Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Site Location Assistance

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Grow Your Number of Customers

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Loan Providers
  • Local Investment Network
  • Non-Traditional Financing

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Demographics/Census Data

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Business Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Federal Loans/Disaster Loans
  • Rural Business Resources


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance

Events and Community Building

  • Local Investment Networks
  • Business Competitions/Pitch Events/Hackathon/Startup Week or Weekends
Contact Information
Bill Fashing
207 Fourth Ave. N.
Administration Annex
Kelso, WA 98626