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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New tools make it easier to open a restaurant in Spokane and Spokane Valley

Online guides compile state and local regulations in one location SPOKANE, WA – State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins joined local restauranteurs, economic development officials and other partners to launch a new regional initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restauranteurs. Washington restaurants employ more than 215,000 people statewide with 15,000 jobs in Spokane County. State and

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Commerce introduces bill to address unfair practices in manufactured housing industry

Agency proposes to study, make recommendations for action to protect consumers Manufactured homes are an important source of housing and provide homeownership opportunities for people who might otherwise be unable to afford a home, including seniors and low-income households. In stark contrast with conventional homes, however, buyers of manufactured homes do not enjoy equal protections under the law, making them more vulnerable to unfair and sometimes predatory business practices. At

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes. OLYMPIA, WA – Many people are eligible for a tax benefit that often goes unclaimed. Twenty percent of those eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) either do not claim the benefit on their taxes or do not file a tax return at all. The credit reduces the amount of taxes owed and

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State Board supports economic feasibility studies in Cowlitz, and Clallam counties

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $130,000 targeting business growth and job creation for the city of Kalama, Longview Public Development Authority and Quileute Tribal Council. Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the city of Kalama for the Kalama Downtown Economic Revitalization Implementation Strategy, a feasibility study to update the city’s economic development plan, evaluate and develop a plan for additional support services and a market analysis to identify target industries

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State awards $50.1 million for affordable housing projects

Funds will support 1,249 units of affordable housing and 120 seasonal farmworker beds for low-income people The Washington State Department of Commerce today awarded $47.5 million in loans and grants from the state Housing Trust Fund and $2.6 million from the federal HOME program for 36 affordable housing projects in 26 counties across the state. These projects will provide a total of 1,249 units of affordable housing for low-income people,

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State awards $5.5 million to increase number of short-term psychiatric care beds

The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $5.539 million in grants to seven health care providers to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric detention services. The state’s investment is supported with another $93.3 million from other funding sources. The grant recipients are: Jefferson County Public Hospital District No.2 – Port Townsend, $1.509 million Providence Mount Carmel Hospital – Colville, $2.0 million Rainier Springs, LLC – Vancouver, $5,000 Spokane Springs, LLC

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Gov. Inslee Proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Washington State

New “Weatherization Plus Health” adds assistance for families with asthma Governor Inslee joins community action agencies, housing authorities and local governments across the state and nation in recognizing October 30, 2015 as Weatherization Day in Washington. Washington’s Weatherization Assistance Program helps many households make it through the cold weather season – and the years ahead – by adding insulation, sealing cracks, and making other improvements that reduce heat loss and save

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Kim Justice named Director of state Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection

2015 Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act established new office to enhance statewide focus on data, strategies and coordination of efforts to meet needs of homeless youth Kim Justice has been named director of the newly established Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs at the Department of Commerce. Justice’s first day with the Department will be November 1. “The Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs will

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State Board announces public investments for economic development feasibility studies in Chelan and Mason counties ​

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $100,000 in public investments for economic development feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the City of Wenatchee and the Mason County PUD 3. Chelan County – $50,000 grant to the City of Wenatchee for the North Wenatchee Redevelopment Master Plan.  A master development plan for the Wenatchee Waterfront and North Wenatchee Avenue.  CERB funds are matched by

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