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Contracts Administration Unit

The Local Government and Infrastructure Contracts and Administration Unit (CAU) manages contracts from the point of execution through project completion, closeout and loan repayments for the following Commerce infrastructure programs:
·         Community Development Block Grant and CDBG-ARRA
·         Community Economic Revitalization Board
·         Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and DWSRF-ARRA
·         Public Works Board
·         Water System Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program
·         Energy ARRA
·         Neighborhood Stabilization Program
 
CAU manages over 600 planning and construction loans or grant contracts and has billed and accounted for over 1,700 loan repayments.
 
Multiple-funded construction projects are assigned to staff by regions, resulting in improved coordination and customer service.
 
For more information contact Mark Barkley at mark.barkley@commerce.wa.gov or 360.725.3022.
 

Growth Management Services

Growth Management Services (GMS) assists and guides local governments, state agencies, and others to manage growth and development consistent with the Growth Management Act (GMA).
 
The Growth Management Act was adopted to address how to accommodate a population increase of about 20% per decade.  The Act requires that the largest and fastest-growing cities and counties complete comprehensive plans and development regulations to guide future growth.  All jurisdictions are required to protect critical environmental areas and conserve natural resource lands, such as farms and forests.  The GMA calls for communities to review and revise their plans and regulations every eight years to ensure they remain current.
 
Growth Management Services assists cities and counties as they create plans, regulations, and permit systems that enable them to grow and prosper in balance with their natural and financial resources. Whether a community is responding to the pressures of rapid urbanization or working to stimulate a weak economy, managing growth can help provide land for growth, infrastructure, commercially important natural resources, environmental protection, affordable housing, economic opportunities, property rights, and quality-of-life amenities.
 
For more information contact Jeff Wilson at Jeff.Wilson@Commerce.wa.gov or 360.725.3055.
 

Small Communities Initiative

The Small Communities Initiative program provides technical assistance to small, rural communities required to meet the same public health and environmental mandates as larger cities but often lack the administrative, technical or financial capacity to effectively do so. The program enables local governments to have adequate infrastructure to accommodate allocated growth and enable economic development and business opportunities.
 

For more information contact Cathi Read cathi.read@commerce.wa.gov or 360.725.3016 in Olympia or Jonathan Galow at jon.galow@commerce.wa.gov or 509.847.5021 in Spokane.

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