Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington’s Economy

Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington's Economy

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Opportunity Zones

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The Opportunity Zone program included in the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provides incentives for businesses to invest in lower-income areas. The application period for communities to apply for this designation is now open. 

Visit the Opportunity Zone program webpage…

Low-Income Energy Assistance

LIEAP Program

LIHEAP makes energy assistance available to citizens of Washington through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities.

Apply now for energy assistance…

Spain pitch event

Day 2 at Mobile World Congress features nearly non-stop networking meetings

Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona. Executives from Bank of America, FedEx, Amazon, Telefonica, accueweather, Microsoft, Sky and Barclays Bank were among those visiting our companies at the Choose Washington stand in the Hanse-Aerospace Pavilion today. Members of our delegation also had a full slate of meetings and networking events, including a government-sponsored panel with companies and investors from Spain. We’re excited for another day of creating

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Commerce's Mark Calhoon Meets the King of Span

King of Spain receives our delegation at Mobile World Congress

By Robert Fiddick, Commerce International Trade Team The highlight of Day One for the Choose Washington trade show delegation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain was the chance to greet King Felipe VI. The invitation reflects the strong relationship between Spain and Washington State.  We were the first delegation to meet with the king at the show. James Costos, the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, visited our exhibit in the

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