Strengthening communities and growing Washington's economy
- Small Business Services
The Department of Commerce offers a range of small business services designed to meet the diverse needs of Washington's business community.
- Homeless Grants
Grants made available through Commerce help county governments and other service providers prevent homelessness and secure permanent housing for households who are unsheltered or in temporary housing.
- Key Sector Strategy
Commerce's Sector strategy forges and promotes public-private partnerships, enhances the workforce for the 21st century in targeted, high-growth industries, and advances broad stroke strategies that support small business growth and expansion statewide.
- Building Infrastructure
Commerce works with community partners to identify and fund water, stormwater, wastewater, public buildings, telecommunications, port facilities, business park projects throughout the state.
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.
To streamline your interactions with us, our Local Government Portal page is designed to help connect you with programs and people serving specific needs of public officials. How may we assist you?
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Commerce in your Community
Brewster, WA celebrates groundbreaking (pictured) July 15 for their new water system that will improve drinking water, storage and fire protection capacity. It's made possible in part by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant. Commerce also provided recovery assistance and a $2.7 million grant to Pateros for a new $7.3 million system. Flames from the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfires engulfed the community's water reservoir.
Local Government Portal
Commerce is the one agency in state government built to understand and support the diverse needs of local leaders in cities, towns and counties across the state. From planning and public works to economic development and energy, our people and programs are at your side.
OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $255,000 in grants for public infrastructure development…
Washington state held on to the top spot for technology and innovation, and moved up two places to sixth place…
Commerce Director Brian Bonlender joined Sen. Maria Cantwell and other federal, state and local dignitaries to celebrate an important Memorandum…
John Thornquist, Director, Office of Aerospace, explains some of the many reasons why a robust space cluster emerged from Washington’s booming aerospace and technology sectors. These are his welcome remarks delivered at the sold-out NewSpace 2016 Conference, held June 21-23, 2016 in Seattle, WA.
A dozen Washington companies and eight partner organizations are preparing to celebrate a “Century of Know-How” in Washington State aerospace at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world’s largest airshows, July 11-13 in Hampshire, England.