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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.
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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.
Assistance, partnership needed to meet demand for skilled aluminum welders as Armstrong Marine expands to fulfill $38 million contract to build Navy maintenance barges in peninsula community.
Department of Commerce hosts “Choose Washington” exhibit, business-to-business meetings in Paris at largest international gathering of composites professionals.
EDC Team Jefferson, maritime industry team up with Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding to address high demand for skilled marine systems technicians.
Sixteen Washington State tribes awarded Federal Victims of Crime Act funds from the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy.
Department of Commerce hosts 12 innovative companies, showcases state’s massive information and communications technology sector at world’s premier mobile tech conference, Feb. 27 – March 2.
Five companies in Washington state-led delegation join 100,000 participants from 160 countries at one of the world’s largest medical and pharmaceutical products trade shows in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Jan. 27 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Day proclaimed in Washington State to raise awareness of benefit that can pay a lump sum refund of up to $6,269 to people with low to moderate incomes.
State’s Office of Homeless Youth releases report, will guide multi-agency work group addressing the complex needs of homeless youth.
CERB approved $850,000 in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the cities of Othello and Airway Heights, for the Makah Tribe, and at the Port of Sunnyside.
State’s Regulatory Roadmap Named Semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Regulatory Roadmap initiative as part of the 100 programs named as semifinalists in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition.