RAYMOND - Sen. Brian Hatfield has been appointed to the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), which helps fund rural economic development projects.

   "Job creation has always been a top priority for me, so I'm excited about this opportunity," said Hatfield, who represents the 19th Legislative District, which includes large portions of Cowlitz and Grays Harbor counties, and all of Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.

   Lt. Gov. Brad Owen recently appointed Hatfield, D-Raymond, to represent the Senate Majority Caucus and serve as one of the four legislators on the 19-member board. The Community Economic Revitalization Board supports business and industrial job growth in partnership with rural communities, and provides local governments with low-interest loans and grants to help finance public facility projects.

   Hatfield serves as cice chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee. He also sits on Financial Institutions & Insurance, and the powerful Ways & Means Committee.


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