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Community Development Block Grant deadline June 1
If you represent a small city or town with under 50,000 population, or a county of less than 200,000, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is accepting applications for 2017 general purpose grants until Thursday, June 1.
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Seven counties, nine cities, two ports and one college receive awards for innovative growth planning.
Two of largest projects include private partner investments of $120 million by Sunnyside Community Hospital Association for new hospital construction…
The Department of Commerce has finalized grants totaling $7 million with two Washington state utilities to further their innovative work on electricity “microgrid” projects.
Commerce “Regulatory Roadmap” Makes Top 25 in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition
Commerce’s Regulatory Roadmap program was announced as a Top 25 program in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Lincoln County commissioner Scott Hutsell appointed to serve as chair of the Washington State Public Works Board
Washington state is celebrating Community Action Month, dedicated to recognizing the success of the national Community Action Network that fights poverty across the United States.
One of the most interesting things to watch at Hannover Messe is the connections our Washington companies make with each other while attending this huge international trade fair devoted to industrial technology and manufacturing.
Our second full day at of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology expo, was dominated by group events.
With companies that touch on aspects of industrial efficiency ranging from biomass equipment, to new technology to smelt steel to consulting on smart grid, Washington is well-prepared to build its reputation as a global leader in energy and related information technology applications.
“Very happy.” “Productive.” “Great value.” These are just a few snippets of the glowing reviews from all of the companies participating in the Commerce-led trip to Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017 in Hamburg, Germany this week.