Governor Jay Inslee’s signature on the 2017-19 Capital Budget will send nearly a half-million dollars in economic development funding to the Grays Harbor PUD and East Grays Harbor County. The budget, approved by the Legislature on Thursday night and signed by the governor on Friday afternoon, includes $463-thousand for the East Grays Harbor County Fiber Project, which will improve fiber optic cable connections to the Elma and Satsop School Districts, the Schouweiler industrial park and local homes and businesses.
“School, residential and business interests in Satsop and Elma will see additional options for improved internet and communication services because of this project,” said PUD Core Services Director Rob Hanny. “Thanks to the leadership of our legislative partners, this will mean improved service and greater flexibility within the PUD capital budget and the opportunity to complete other projects.”
The Capital Budget request was sponsored by Rep. Mike Chapman and supported by his fellow 24thdistrict legislators, Rep. Steve Tharinger and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege.
“Broadband internet is vital for our local businesses and communities here in timber and farm country,” Chapman said. “I’m pleased and proud that lawmakers could partner with the Grays Harbor Public Utility District to make this happen, and I look forward to pushing hard for new ideas and partnerships to make sure all of rural Washington has a fast, affordable link to the internet.”