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State board approves $100K to study Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Center

Community Economic Revitalization Board awards grants for feasibility studies in Snohomish County

OLYMPIA, WA – The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced $100,000 toward public infrastructure development and new economic feasibility studies on the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center near Smokey Point in Snohomish County. The center spans over 4,000 acres including land within the boundaries of both Arlington and Marysville, with close access to Paine Field and Interstate 5. Capacity for additional development includes partially used, redevelopment and vacant sites.

The CERB funding approved yesterday afternoon will help pay for two consecutive feasibility studies to establish a master plan, economic development, an investment and transportation strategy to facilitate infrastructure improvements and accommodate, attract, and retain industrial and manufacturing uses.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Arlington for its portion of the center, approximately 57 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Marysville for its portion of the center, approximately 44 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

“The Community Economic Revitalization Board is dedicated to helping communities across the state develop the infrastructure to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs. These investments will have a positive economic impact at a time when it is needed the most,” said CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

“I applaud this collaboration between the cities of Arlington and Marysville toward a regional economic development strategy that can potentially multiply the impact of the state’s investment,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Working together, they are creating opportunities for new business growth and manufacturing jobs that will strengthen communities throughout Snohomish County.”

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $176 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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$10 million in grants awarded to 23 rural Washington communities

Grants from $24,000 to $750,000 will fund vital local projects throughout the state

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 23 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2017. More than two dozen projects were selected from 37 grant applications requesting over $18 million. These grants are used to improve rural water, sewer, street and fire protection systems, support affordable housing and community planning.

“These infrastructure investments in our communities are crucial to support and sustain healthy local economies that work for all Washingtonians,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

“These grants will help strengthen rural communities by addressing a diverse range of essential needs, from priority infrastructure to affordable housing and economic development,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “Commerce works closely with local government leaders to target strategic investments that will best support immediate needs and vision for the future of their communities.”

2017 Washington State Community Development Block Grant Awards:

  • Town of Almira – $750,000 for water system improvements
  • Benton County – $750,000 for water system improvements
  • City of Cle Elum – $24,000 for capital facilities comprehensive plan
  • City of Colville – $24,000 for emergency center feasibility plan
  • Cowlitz County – $222,410 for housing rehabilitation program
  • Cowlitz County – $188,707 for public housing rehabilitation program
  • Town of Creston – $24,000 for a wastewater system
  • Town of La Crosse – $24,000 for a water system improvement plan
  • City of Newport – $750,000 for new reservoir, main, and water treatment facility
  • Town of Odessa – $24,000 for a general sewer plan
  • Town of Pe Ell – $750,000 for water system improvements
  • City of Pomeroy – $508,468 for booster pump station and water main replacement
  • Town of Reardan – $24,000 for sewer infiltration and inflow study
  • Town of Rosalia – $734,665 for water mains, service lines, and meter boxes
  • City of Royal City – $580,000 for wastewater disinfection system
  • San Juan County – $436,069 for expansion of Montessori School
  • City of Sprague – $24,000 for flood damage repair plan
  • City of Tekoa – $750,000 for wastewater lift station improvements
  • City of Tonasket – $24,000 for downtown corridor revitalization plan
  • Town of Twisp – $750,000 for civic and community center construction
  • City of Wapato – $750,000 for streets and infrastructure improvements
  • Town of Washtucna – $750,000 for new water well
  • Whatcom County – $500,000 for housing rehabilitation program
  • Whatcom County – $750,000 for medical clinic expansion
  • City of Winlock – $24,000 for culvert replacement plan
  • The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded more than $508 million in grants to over 1,418 locally prioritized community development projects. CDBG will partner with other state, federal, local and private resources to leverage over $16 million of project costs. Capital to provide flexible gap funding for these important community projects continues to be under pressure from federal budget reductions. For more detailed information about CDBG, please visit www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg.

    Press Contact:

    Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

    Local Contacts:

    Town of Almira – Elinar Larson, (509) 639-2601

    Benton County – Adam Fyall, (509) 736-3053

    City of Cle Elum – Robert Omans, (509) 674-2262

    City of Colville – Louis Janke, (509) 684-5095

    Cowlitz County – Katrina Harris, (360) 577-3065

    Town of Creston – Karen Paulsen, (509) 636-3145

    Town of La Crosse – Randy Camp, (509) 549-3330

    City of Newport – Ray King, (509) 447-5611

    Town of Odessa – Lois Hubbard, (509) 982-2401

    Town of Pe Ell – Lonnie Wiley, (360) 291-3543

    City of Pomeroy – Shaun Martin, (509) 843-1601

    Town of Reardan – Jeff Evers, (509) 796-3921

    Town of Rosalia – Nanette Konishi, (509) 523-5991

    City of Royal City – Shilo Christensen, (509) 346-2263

    San Juan County – Mark Tompkins, (360) 378-7517

    City of Sprague – Christie Saucier, (509) 257-2662

    City of Tekoa – Kynda Browning, (509) 284-3861

    City of Tonasket – Alice Attwood, (509) 486-2132

    Town of Twisp – Jackie Moriarity, (509) 997-4081

    City of Wapato – Gary Potter, (509) 877-3622

    Town of Washtucna – Brian Hille, (509) 646-3253

    Whatcom County – Suzanne Mildner, (360) 778-5200

    City of Winlock – Tedi Curry, (360) 785-3811

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    State funds efforts to help homeless schoolchildren, families

    More than $1.5 million in grants awarded for Homeless Student Stability programs across the state

    As families face rising rents and historically low housing vacancy rates, more school children are increasingly living in unstable situations, moving frequently among shelters, family and friends’ homes, and other temporary housing.

    According to the 2017 Point in Time Count for Washington state, approximately 4,100 youth are homeless, 2,000 of whom are unaccompanied.

    Improving the learning and housing stability of those students takes a coordinated approach. A grant program started in 2016, and renewed this year, will help with that effort.

    The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction recently awarded a total of nearly $1.7 million to 26 organizations around the state. The grants supplement school districts’ ability to provide in-school support, prioritizing unaccompanied youth and unsheltered students and families.

    “Growing inside our thriving state economy is a homeless crisis that touches thousands of Washington families,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. ”Schools are the heart of our neighborhoods, and these grants are strengthening communities by providing stability for kids and their families who are struggling.”

    The state legislature passed Third Substitute House Bill 1682 in 2016. The bill established the Homeless Student Stability Program and authorized two sets of annual grants, if funding is available:

    • From the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, to build homeless education program capacity at school districts; and
    • From the Department of Commerce, to support Homeless Housing Partnerships (HHP) between school districts and housing entities.

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal was a member of the House of Representatives at the time, and was one of the 3SHB 1682’s sponsors.

    “Without stable housing, students lose an estimated three to six months of academic progress each time they move to a new school,” Reykdal said. “The grants will provide crucial in-school support for those students.”

    The grants also will fund caseworkers, or “homeless housing navigators,” in schools, as well as to provide essential needs, such as transportation to get students to school after they move, or assistance to avoid utilities being shut off in family homes.

    Department of Commerce

    The department received 14 applications from school districts and their non-profit community service organizations across the state, with a total request of $2,085,249.  State funding allowed for nine awards totaling $875,000. The awards will help school districts identify homeless students and unaccompanied youth and rapidly connect them with housing services and agencies in their communities.

    Districts awarded grants are:

    • Evergreen Public Schools, partnering with Council for the Homeless, $270,000
    • Bellingham Consortia, partnering with Opportunity Council and Northwest Youth Services, $195,000
    • Highline Public Schools, partnering with Neighborhood House, $118,000
    • Wenatchee School District, partnering with Women’s Resource Center, $72,000
    • Everett Public Schools, partnering with Cocoon House, $60,000
    • Woodland School District, partnering with Love Overwhelming, $55,000
    • Shelton School District, partnering with Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition, $45,000
    • Mount Vernon School District, partnering with YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter, $35,000
    • South Whidbey School District, partnering with Opportunity Council, $25,000

    OSPI

    OSPI received 47 applications from across the state, requesting more than $3.9 million in total. State funding allowed for 12 awards totaling about $850,000. The funds will be used for a variety of programs, such as professional development for staff, partnerships with community-based organizations and tutors for homeless students.

    Organizations receiving grants include:

    • Bellingham Consortia, $52,228
    • Bethel School District, $92,127
    • Evergreen School District (Clark County), $83,943
    • Kelso Consortia, $111,452
    • Mount Adams School District, $65,422
    • North Thurston Public Schools, $98,654
    • Seattle Public Schools, $91,697
    • Selah School District, $4,000
    • South Whidbey School District, $64,000
    • Spokane School District, $55,000
    • Tacoma School District, $104,207
    • Taholah School District, $25,200

    Contacts:

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106

    Nathan Olson, OSPI Director of Communications, 360-725-6015

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    Commerce awards $11.8 million for local energy efficiency and solar projects

    Grants will lower energy costs in public buildings and create an estimated 514 jobs in communities across Washington state

    OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $11.8 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at six higher education institutions, 27 local governments, four state agencies and 15 K-12 public school districts. Commerce awarded $8.3 million for energy efficiency projects and $3.4 million for solar photovoltaic projects. See the full list of projects.

    Construction spending on these projects will create an estimated 514 jobs. The total cost for all the projects is $51.9 million, including $39.8 million in non-state funds.

    “Investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency are vital to creating strong, resilient communities all over Washington state,” said state Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “These grants create good jobs, save taxpayers money by reducing energy use and operating costs over the life of the projects, and help secure our clean energy future.”

    “Kettle Falls as a small community appreciates the continued support of the Department of Commerce in affording us the opportunity to use renewable energy and furthering our goal of reducing our expenditures,” said Kettle Falls mayor Dorothy Slagle.

    “Thanks to a grant award of $324,524, the South Kitsap School District will be able to perform in excess of $1.3 million in facility improvements at 10 locations. We are excited for this, our fourth round of energy saving projects, and continue our efforts to achieve maximum energy efficiency,” said Superintendent Karst Brandsma. “With these improvements, we expect to see more than $66,000 annually in energy savings. These types of funding programs are very important, and we wish to thank the Department of Commerce for their support.”

    The grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.

    The 2015 Legislature appropriated $25 million for the statewide energy efficiency and solar grants program, specifying at least $5.7 million for projects that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems with a preference for Washington-manufactured systems. It also targeted small cities and towns (populations of 5,000 or less) to receive at least 10 percent of each competitive funding round.

    The city of Camas received three separate local energy efficiency grants in earlier funding rounds: two for facilities upgrades and one to convert street lights to LED.

    “One facility HVAC upgrade has already shown savings of over $26,500 per year for the first two years – 55 percent more per year than projected!” said Steve Wall, Camas public works director. “The second facility and LED street lights are expected to save an additional $100,000 and $22,000 per year, respectively. The Department of Commerce provides terrific support throughout the process and the savings generated have allowed the city to invest in other important services and projects that are underfunded,” he added.

    For more information, visit the Energy Efficiency page on the Commerce website.

    Contact:

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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    Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $4.9 million in nine counties

    Two of largest projects include private partner investments of $120 million by Sunnyside Community Hospital Association for new hospital construction and $10 million by KW Partners/FedEx at Port of Everett.

    OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $4,956,250 in grants and low-interest loans for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies in nine counties across the state. The projects target business growth and job creation in Chelan, Clallam, Cowlitz, Grant, Lewis, Lincoln, Snohomish, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.

    Two of the largest projects – Sunnyside Community Hospital and Riverside Business Park at the Port of Everett – bring $130 million in committed private partner investment. A third big construction project at the Port of Chehalis, estimates $30 million will be invested there.

    Chelan County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Chelan County for a feasibility study to assess and create an inventory of land and buildings in Chelan County, zoned for various types of industrial and commercial development. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

    Clallam County – $50,000 grant to the City of Sequim for the Bell Creek Economic Opportunity Area Plan. This is a “subarea plan” to include site analysis, market analysis, and direction for future development within the Bell Creek Economic Opportunity Area (EOA). CERB funds are matched by $17,000 in local resources.

    Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Woodland for a feasibility study and market analysis to determine the practicality of constructing dark fiber infrastructure for two routes independently, the return on investment in infrastructure, and the market needs based on the rural makeup of the routes. CERB funds are matched by $25,000 in local resources.

    Grant County – $50,000 grant to the City of Soap Lake for the Mineral Water System Plan. This is a feasibility study to assess the capital facilities in the water system, prepare cost estimates for proposed upgrades, develop a debt and revenue impact analysis and provide an assessment of environmental impacts and permitting. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

    Lewis County – $665,000 loan and a $100,000 grant to the Port of Chehalis for the Pinnacle Construction Project. This prospective development consists of site preparation to include construction of earthwork, roads, underground utilities (water, sanitary sewer, electricity, telecommunications) and storm water management, which will result in a nine-acre building pad. The port estimates that 234 jobs will be created and $30 million will be invested as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $1.4 million in local resources.

    Lincoln County – $50,000 grant to the county for a feasibility study for a highest and best use analysis of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

    Snohomish County – $1.85 million loan to the Port of Everett for the Riverside Business Park Improvements construction project. This committed private partner project consists of a connecting road, upgraded fire flow and re-route and installation of power, water, sewer and storm water utilities. Partners KW Projects/FedEx, will invest $10 million, resulting in 50 jobs retained and 49 new jobs created. CERB funds are matched by $1,096,000 in local resources.

    Walla Walla County – $50,000 grant to the City of College Place for the Central College Place Planning Study. This is a feasibility study for a site appropriateness survey, a location analysis, a marketing strategy and a preliminary infrastructure analysis to determine if the 10-acre site is appropriate for light industrial use. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

    Yakima County – $2 million loan to the City of Sunnyside for the Sunnyside Community Hospital construction project. This committed private partner project consists of construction of domestic water, fire protection, sanitary sewer and transportation improvements to the new hospital site. Partner Sunnyside Community Hospital Association will invest $120 million, retaining 523 jobs and creating 32 new jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $1 million in local resources.

    Yakima County – $41,250 grant to the Port of Sunnyside for a feasibility study that will include an infrastructure analysis, conceptual site plan, economic feasibility study, marketing study and wage analysis for the Miles Smith Property. CERB funds are matched by $13,750 in local resources.

    “These projects represent the range of projects that CERB funds — projects that lead to job growth across the state through infrastructure development and planning,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden. “The board is pleased to collaborate with each of these communities as they work to create permanent private-sector jobs.”

    “Washington’s economy was the fastest growing in the nation last year, yet we know that many parts of our state are not full participants in that prosperity,” said Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Attractive financing tools provided by CERB are essential to strengthening rural communities and a good investment in our shared economic future.”

    The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.
    Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $163 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

    As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private-sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

    Contact:

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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    $7 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants advance microgrid projects at Avista, SnoPUD

    Innovative utilities investing in highly flexible, resilient, efficient electricity grid for the future

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce has finalized grants totaling $7 million with two Washington state utilities to further their innovative work on electricity “microgrid” projects. Spokane-based private utility Avista, and the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD), each were awarded $3.5 million from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.

    Their projects, and several others making their way through the grant contract process, represent the next important phase in modernizing our nation’s electric system to meet demand for more efficient, resilient and flexible power management and delivery. Industry experts, engineers and investors are watching closely Washington’s Clean Energy Fund research and development projects. These real-world implementations of some of the first significant new concepts and technologies in a generation will illuminate potential uses, service models and economic benefits for people and communities all over the world.

    “Washington is a state of leaders who share a vision of sustainable growth and prosperity inherent in the low-carbon economy,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “I applaud our utilities and their partners for investing in these innovative projects that will secure our energy future.”

    Creating a “shared energy economy”

    Avista (NYSE: AVA)  will pilot a “Shared Energy Economy” model that allows various energy assets — from solar panels and battery storage to traditional utility assets — to be shared and used for multiple purposes, including system efficiency and grid resiliency. By doing this, benefits to both the consumer and utility can be demonstrated.

    One aspect of the Avista project includes exploring energy sharing among buildings. For example, rooftop solar panels and battery storage units would be installed on two buildings. These buildings could be connected to a building energy management system that could automatically sense which building needs power and which building has sufficient power to share its solar or stored battery power. Since Avista can also tap into this system, the addition of shared assets allows the utility to better use the existing resources. Ultimately, the consumer and utility both benefit in this Shared Energy Economy model.

    “Creating a ‘Shared Energy Economy’ model is the latest example of Avista’s 128-year history of innovation. In a ‘sharing economy’ resources are shared, allowing customers to access goods without ownership. For example, if you rent a Zipcar, you can pay to use a car when you need it, instead of owning a personal car. We are excited to explore this concept as it relates to energy,” said Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice president of energy delivery. “We know that the energy landscape will continue to change, and as a utility, we need to ensure our system will be flexible enough to meet the changing expectations and future needs of consumers.”

    Testing small-scale renewables and disaster response

    SnoPUD will build a Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center in Arlington. The facility, currently in the design phase, will demonstrate how evolving energy technologies – including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric vehicle-to-grid system – can work together to improve grid resiliency, disaster recovery and renewable energy integration. It also will include a technology center to educate industry and the community about these technologies.

    “Beyond the considerable value this facility provides for research of clean energy technologies, we will also test its viability to serve as a critical backup system for PUD operations in the event of a major disaster,” said SnoPUD CEO and General Manager Craig Collar. “We commend the state for supporting innovation in the energy sector and positioning our region as a leader.”

    The utility has already installed the largest flow battery system in North America, using batteries and energy storage solutions developed by Washington researchers and companies with support from prior Clean Energy Fund programs.

    “Our state’s investments in clean energy are helping strengthen communities all across the state,” Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said. ”As our strengths in information technology and cloud computing converge in new energy systems and operations, technologies developed and deployed in Washington are positioned to sell into global markets, creating new jobs and business opportunities here.”

    Since 2013, the Washington State Clean Energy fund has invested over $72 million and leveraged another $128.7 million in matching funds from industry partners. Washington state’s numerous clean technology researchers, companies, investors and public and private utilities are at the forefront of energy innovation in the United States. Learn more at www.commerce.wa.gov/energy.

    Contact:

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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    Commerce grants $8.4 million to Washington State tribes for crime victim services

    Sixteen Washington State tribes awarded Federal Victims of Crime Act funds from the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy

     OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded $8,450,105 to 16 tribes to serve victims of crime. Funding for the grants comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, which administers the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund. The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy in the Department of Commerce administers VOCA funds in Washington State. VOCA is a major funding source for victim services throughout Washington.

    Commerce set aside these funds to expand and enhance access to crime victim services in tribal communities, which are disproportionately affected by crime. A study funded by the National Institute of Justice found that American Indian and Alaska Native women and men suffer violence at an alarmingly high rate. More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women and men (84.3 percent and 81.6 percent, respectively) have experienced violence in their lifetime.

    The programs supported by this funding focus on effective, accessible and culturally relevant victim services, such as traditional art therapy. These grants will enhance current services, improve coordination of child and youth programs, and add parenting support services. Services also will expand for elder and vulnerable adult victims of crime.

    “This funding addresses critical needs in tribal communities and reflects significant progress in our combined efforts to improve coordination between tribes and state government,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “We were pleased that so many tribes applied for this funding.”

    Sixteen tribes will receive funding through this effort:

    • Chehalis Confederated Tribes – $231,245
    • Cowlitz Indian Tribe – $1,544,759
    • Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation – $609,112
    • Kalispel Tribe of Indians – $255,374
    • Lummi Nation – $554,695
    • Nisqually Indian Tribe $416,794
    • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe – $535,168
    • Puyallup Tribe – $1,092,315
    • Quileute Tribe – $628,674
    • Quinault Indian Nation – $161,682
    • Samish Indian Nation – $832,464
    • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe – $317,483
    • Squaxin Island Tribe – $272,125
    • The Suquamish Tribe – $171,903
    • Tulalip Tribes of Washington – $278,458
    • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation – $547,854

    For information about grants and funding available through the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, please visit ocva.wa.gov.

    Contacts:

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

    Richard Torrance, Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, 360-725-2905

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    State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $850,000 in public infrastructure

    The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (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.

    • Adams County – $50,000 grant to the City of Othello for a feasibility study to implement the first phase of the city’s water supply plan, which includes constructing a new well, pump station and reservoir. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.
    • Clallam County – $50,000 grant to the Makah Tribe for the Cape Flattery Fishermen’s Co-op Expansion project. A feasibility study will develop a strategy to upgrade the processing plant potential to increase value-added production, new sales and job creation. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
    • Spokane County – $50,000 grant to the city of Airway Heights for a feasibility study to develop a master plan for the Airway Heights Industrial Center. The project will produce a “highest and best use” analysis, an economic feasibility assessment, identification of priority development sites, a “planned action ordinance” to facilitate development of those sites and a targeted infrastructure funding and development strategy for the area. CERB funds were matched by $16,667 in local resources.
    • Yakima County – $400,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to the Port of Sunnyside for the Varietal Beer Company construction project. This committed private partner project consists of modifying an existing 5,500-square-foot cement block building for use as a brewery, taproom and bottling facility.  Varietal Beer Company will invest $405,000 in a 10-barrel brewing system, creating 23 permanent jobs. CERB funds were matched by $300,000 in local resources.

    “Our role is to be responsive to local needs by making timely and smart investment decisions. CERB has a proven track record for being a good steward of public money and an advocate for local communities,” said CERB Chair David Rhoden.

    “CERB is helping strengthen rural communities by investing in public facilities that enable new and existing businesses to provide good jobs,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

    The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

    Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $163 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

    As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects.

    Local Contacts:

    City of Othello: Wade Farris, City Administrator, 509-488-5686
    Makah Tribe: Crystal Hottowe, Grant Writer, 360-645-3292
    City of Airway Heights: Derrick Braaten, Development Services Director, 509-244-2552
    Port of Sunnyside: Jay Hester, Executive Director, 509-839-7678

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    Update on Clean Energy Fund RD&D Match Grants

    Commerce’s State Energy Office to begin accepting grant applications for those wishing to fund development, demonstration or deployment of clean energy technologies

    The Department of Commerce will be accepting pre-applications for grants under the Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Match Program beginning Jan. 13, 2017. These grants match federal and other non-state funds for the purpose of researching, developing and demonstrating eligible clean energy technologies.

    Phase 1 pre-applications are due before midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Approved projects will qualify to proceed to Phase 2 and will need to complete a more comprehensive application. Phase 2 applications will be due March 31, 2017.

    More information will be available on our website at http://commerce.wa.gov, including FAQs after Jan. 3, 2017. A bidder’s conference will be held via webinar on Jan.11, 2017.

    The Washington State Clean Energy Fund enables a mix of projects administered by Commerce’s State Energy Office. Funding will support development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.

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    For more information, Jill Nordstrom, data and program section manager, at 360-725-3117 or jill.nordstrom@commerce.wa.gov.

    For media inquiries, contact Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106, or penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov

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    NEWS RELEASE: Washington State’s Composite Recycling Technology Center wins $500K “Innovation Accelerator” grant, debuts first retail product at Museum of Flight

    U.S. Commerce Asst. Secretary Jay Williams announces funding to promote investment in manufacturing communities, demonstrates world’s first product from uncured carbon fiber composite scrap

    SEATTLE, Wash. – Many times stronger than steel and less than half the weight of aluminum, carbon fiber composite scrap – once considered worthless – took center stage today in a press conference with a twist, hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce at the Museum of Flight.

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams announced a $500,000 i6 Challenge grant to the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) of Port Angeles, Clallam County. Funding is part of the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, an initiative to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation.

    Following brief remarks, a portable net was unfurled and Williams and CRTC CEO Robert Larsen each grabbed pickleball paddles made from carbon fiber composite scrap and faced off with a whiffle ball.

    The friendly game heralded another important milestone for the CRTC: the quiet, lightweight pickleball paddles manufactured there are the world’s first retail product produced from uncured carbon fiber (also known as “pre-preg”) composite scrap. (Pickleball, invented in 1965 by former state Congressman Joel Pritchard on Bainbridge Island, is one of the fastest growing sports in North America with over three million players globally.)

    “The Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center is revolutionizing advanced manufacturing while creating jobs locally,” said Assistant Secretary Williams. “As America’s Innovation Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce plays a key role in supporting the entrepreneurs and job creators of tomorrow. Congratulations to CRTC on receiving the RIS award and for their contributions in workforce training programs, building infrastructure and promoting innovation here in Washington State.”

    “Making Pickleball paddles out of carbon fiber composite isn’t new – but making them out of scrap carbon fiber composite is groundbreaking. That’s because – until now – no one has been able to prove there is value in scrap aerospace carbon fiber composite. It has been considered worthless, and that’s why 29 million pounds of it ends up in our country’s landfills every year. But today, CRTC is proving to the world that recycling it doesn’t just make good environmental sense, it makes good business sense,” said Robert Larsen, CEO of the Composite Recycling Technology Center.

    “Bold innovation is found in every corner of Washington state, not just our high-tech research and development centers around Seattle,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “CRTC’s work is proving that it’s possible to both grow the economy and protect the environment. The Clean Energy Fund is proud to be among the numerous public and private partners committed to bringing world-leading clean tech manufacturing jobs to the peninsula. Together we are strengthening this community for the future.”

    The Washington State Clean Energy Fund has invested $2.7 million in the CRTC’s work to develop and manufacture clean technology products and reduce waste from composite manufacturing. Even though today’s advanced carbon fiber composite is used for many high performance items, from automobiles, airplanes and boat hulls to wind turbine blades, safety clothing and fishing rods, an estimated 29 million pounds of scrap ends up in U.S. landfills each year because the material has been considered too difficult to recycle and there is no proven market for it.

    CRTC is changing that.

    A Clean Energy Fund matching grant announced in September helped to purchase advanced waterjet equipment made in Kent, WA from Flow Corporation. CRTC will use it when serial manufacturing and shipping of their revolutionary SWIFT Aero Paddles begins in January.
    The Port of Port Angeles has been instrumental in launching the CRTC, investing $3.3 million to match the state’s grants and enabling the CRTC to get on its feet. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer have consistently supported the CRTC and its mission. The center has accumulated over $5 million in local, state, federal and private funding since its formation in 2015.

    “This first-ever recycled carbon fiber composite product is a major milestone for the Port of Port Angeles and the Carbon Recycling Technology Center. Today’s announcement of the $500,000 Innovation Accelerator grant will push CRTC to new heights and demonstrates their innovation is a strong, economic driver that creates new, good-paying jobs,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell.

    “This is all about jobs and economic opportunity for our region, and that’s why I lent my support to this grant application. Securing these funds is great news for the future of advanced manufacturing in Port Angeles,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “Our composite recycling center, one of the first in the nation, is already showing that the Peninsula can be a hub for groundbreaking innovation. Now, this national investment will give entrepreneurs the tools they need to take yesterday’s recycled parts and turn them into advanced products. It will also encourage the growth of quality jobs in our region by giving local people the skills they need to build a career working with composites.”

    Public and private partners in the successful Innovation Accelerator proposal include Peninsula College, Profile Composites, Altair Engineering, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Impact Washington, and the Composites Washington Consortium.

    In addition, Toray Composites America is providing the scrap material. The company is key to an Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) research and development project with Janicki industries and Globe Manufacturing, to produce lightweight automotive structural parts.
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    Contact: Penny Thomas, Commerce Press Office, (206) 256-6106

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