Boards and Councils

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Commerce chairs or holds seats on several independent state boards, commissions and councils. We also provide staff and administrative support to these bodies and others listed at the right.


Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB)

Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) advises the Department of Commerce on housing and housing-related issues. AHAB has 22 members representing a variety of interests related to affordable housing. Nineteen are appointed by the Governor for four-year terms.

Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)

The state Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) funds public infrastructure improvements that encourage new business development and expansion. Some examples of projects include bridges, roads, water and sewer systems, railroads, telecommunications, utilities and port facilities.

Developmental Disabilities Council

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) is located within the Community Services and Housing Division of Commerce, but it is a separate and independent state agency appointed by the Governor. The DDC educates and advises local, state and federal policymakers on topics related to systems that serve disabled men, women and children in Washington.

Public Works Board

Created in 1985, the Washington State Public Works Board administers the state’s Public Works Assistance Account. The mission of the Public Works Board is to provide financial and technical assistance to Washington communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure to support community and economic vitality.

Statewide Reentry Council

The Statewide Reentry Council was created in 2016 to improve public safety and outcomes for individuals reentering the community.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) board

The Washington State ABLE governing board is supported by the Community Services and Housing Division of Commerce, but it is a separate and independent state entity whose board members are appointed by the Governor. The board is charged with launching the ABLE program for Washingtonians in summer 2017. ABLE is a tax-advantaged savings plan to help make saving simple and affordable for individuals with disabilities.

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