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.

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.

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Strengthening Communities

Washington state is home to a thriving Eritrean community. Since 2003, Commerce has been helping the Eritrean people stay connected to one another by funding construction of their community center in downtown Seattle, complete with a commercial kitchen.

Washington State partners with DNV GL on a mission for sustainable maritime sector growth

Washington State has the vision to be the United States’ most sustainable maritime cluster by 2050. DNV GL will support the state to develop it’s “Washington Maritime Blue” strategy for the sustainable development of the state’s $38 billion maritime industry. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council launched an effort called “Washington Maritime Blue”  in December 2017 to develop a comprehensive strategy for leading the nation in “blue”

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