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

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News Release: Commerce grants $485,000 for environmental reviews of eastern Washington manufacturing projects

Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, Spokane Valley and Walla Walla awarded funds for environmental analysis to support economic development at proposed manufacturing sites. Olympia, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $485,000 in advanced planning grants to aid four proposed manufacturing projects in eastern Washington. The grants will help Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, the city of Spokane Valley and Walla Walla County move forward with environmental

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News Release: State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $1.9 million in four rural communities

Grants and low-interest loans will support economic development in Clark, Grant, Mason and Yakima counties OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $1,988,750 in grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation in Clark County, the cities of George and Yakima, and the port of Shelton. · Clark County – $50,000 grant for a feasibility study to complete

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NEWS RELEASE: Solar Plus Regional Initiative Wins $2 Million Grant from US Department of Energy

Three-year joint effort to develop strategies for increasing solar energy, modernizing energy infrastructure in Washington and Oregon will launch this year. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Solar Plus, a joint effort of more than a dozen stakeholder groups in Washington and Oregon has been awarded a $2,050,000 SunShot grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further deployment of solar energy in the Pacific Northwest. It is the largest of the

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NEWS RELEASE: State awards $1 million to increase housing stability for homeless families

New program recognizes housing stability is key to student success OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce has awarded $1 million under the state’s Homeless Student Stability Act to expand programs in school districts that will help identify and rapidly connect homeless students and their families with housing services and agencies in their community. The number of homeless school children in Washington State has increased by 82 percent in the

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NEWS RELEASE: $10 million in federal development grants awarded to 22 rural Washington communities

Grants from $20,000 to $750,000 will fund vital local projects throughout the state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 22 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2016. The 22 projects were selected from 28 grant applications requesting over $14 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and fire protection systems; support affordable

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NEWS RELEASE: State awards $14 million to increase number of psychiatric care beds

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $14 million in grants to 11 health care providers to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric detention services and state mental hospital diversion. The state’s investment is supported with another $14.6 million from other funding sources. The grant recipients are: Short-Term Inpatient Psychiatric Detention Services: · Excelsior Youth Center – Spokane, $240,881 · Great Rivers Behavioral Health

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NEWS RELEASE: State invests $300K to help bring new $300-million silicon smelter, jobs to Pend Oreille County

Edmonton-based HiTest Sand Inc. proposes to invest $300 million in a new state-of-the-art silicon refining facility in Usk, creating an estimated 400 construction jobs and 170 permanent full-time jobs. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced that a new $300-million silicon smelting facility proposed for Usk, Pend Oreille county, by HiTest Sand Inc. has been designated a Project of Statewide Significance and will receive $300,000 in

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NEWS RELEASE: Washington State Office of Homeless Youth awards $2.5 million in grants

Collaboration, community-based solutions key to addressing complex needs of homeless youth OLYMPIA,  WA — Efforts to ensure that young people and families have the individualized support they need to avoid homelessness got a boost from $2.5 million in grants announced today by the state’s Office of Homeless Youth. Funding will support emergency housing and rental assistance, crisis intervention services, outreach to connect homeless youth with resources such as drug and

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NEWS RELEASE: Board grants $255K for feasibility studies in 6 communities

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $255,000 in grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation for the cities of Washougal, Aberdeen and Tumwater, Pacific County and the Cowlitz and Kalispel tribes. Clark County – $50,000 grant to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for the Cowlitz Indian Reservation Site Plan and Development Feasibility Study. This is a

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