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…

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