Benton-Franklin Economic Development District – EDA-RLF-CARES – Loan Fund

The Benton-Franklin Economic Development District has been awarded a Covid-19 Relief Fund from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the amount of $1.4 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to help businesses rebound from the effects of the coronavirus and Covid-19.

The Revolving Loan Fund is accepting loan applications from businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may need help to restart their business once the restrictions have been eased. You are encouraged to apply and please be prepared to demonstrate the effects the pandemic has had on your business.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Peenstra, Contracted Loan Officer

Phone: 509-943-9185



Fatima Traore, Economic Development Coordinator

Phone: 509-943-9185


BFCG Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) Virtual Open House – 8/12

BFCG will be hosting a virtual open house to display the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP). The open house will be on Wednesday, August 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and held via Zoom at the url posted here:

Attend to learn about the region’s current and future active transportation system, upcoming projects that will benefit active transportation system, and the level of traffic stress (LTS) implemented in the Active Transportation Plan.

To view the Draft Regional Active Transportation Plan click here.

BFCG Notice

NOTICE: The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is still closed to the public due to COVID-19. We have moved to new offices at 587 Stevens Drive Richland, WA 99352.

If would like to get in contact with a member of our staff during this time, please call 509-943-9185.

BFCG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments values the health and safety of our employees, our member jurisdictions, and the public. We would like to share information on how we will continue to serve you amid concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 and following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local government agencies in the communities we serve. We are communicating with our employees to keep them informed of our plans and ways they can protect members and themselves. We have also enhanced the cleaning of high-touch areas in our facility.

During this time, some of our employees will be working remotely, and will have access to their e-mail accounts. Phone messages will also be relayed, but may receive delayed responses. The best way to contact our staff during this time will be by e-mail.

Although we may still have limited staff working in the office, the office will be closed to visitors without prior authorization.

The wellness of our employees, our member jurisdictions and the public is of utmost importance and we wish you good health as we transition through this together.

Ridership Survey for East-West Passenger Rail Study

Feasibility of East-West Intercity Passenger Rail Service for Washington State

The Washington State Legislature has directed the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a feasibility analysis of an east-west intercity passenger rail service for Washington State. The analysis will look at passenger rail service between Seattle and Spokane specifically via the Stampede Pass corridor connecting with Auburn, Cle-Elum, Yakima, Ellensburg, Tri-Cities, Toppenish and Spokane.

We want to hear your opinion on various proposed rail services, and to learn which ones you value most and why. The aim of this survey is to help us understand the mobility needs of residents and visitors, current travel patterns, and the relative attractiveness of various rail service attributes in the corridor.

Survey code: move

This survey is about travel that you have made within this corridor in the last six months. Information about where and how you travel can help transportation agencies plan for future needs, so your careful response to this survey will be very important in helping to shape the future of this region. More information about the study is available here.

Provide Input for the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP)

BFCG hosted a Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) Open House on Wednesday, January 22, at the Pasco Library. Attendees learned about current bicycle facilities in the Tri-Cities, provided input on for the Regional ATP update, and marked on maps of Benton and Franklin Counties where bicycle and pedestrian improvements/connections should be made.

If you would like to fill out the survey and/or submit input on where bicycle/pedestrian improvements/connections should be made, please download the files below and submit them to Erin Braich at