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: Commerce leads state trade delegation to Tokyo for Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, Oct. 12-15

OLYMPIA, Wash – A Washington State Department of Commerce delegation of seven Washington companies and three partner organizations arrive in Tokyo today for the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, held only once every four years, October 12-15 in Tokyo, Japan. The “ChooseWashington” delegation will promote our state’s position as the leading global hub for aerospace. An estimated 700 exhibitors from over 35 countries participate in the event, organized by the Society

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NEWS RELEASE: Commerce announces $7 million to help Washington-based researchers, partners push the envelope in clean energy technology

Nine diverse projects selected for Washington State Clean Energy Fund matching grants include experimental building energy control systems and equipment, composite materials recycling, ocean energy, high-value nutrient recovery, intelligent energy storage systems and management, fuel cells and polymers for ultra-efficient planes and cars. OLYMPIA, Wash.– The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the next nine projects awarded matching grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to advance research and

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NEWS RELEASE: Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.3 million to grow local economies

Funds will support economic development in Clark, Cowlitz, Douglas and Whitman counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $2,353,500 for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Camas-Washougal, Port of Ridgefield, city of Woodland, Port of Douglas County, and city of Colfax. Clark County – $1,700,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to 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 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: 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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We’re #1 for Tech and Innovation in America’s Top States for Business 2016

Washington state held on to the top spot for technology and innovation, and moved up two places to sixth place overall in the 10th annual Top States for Business report from CNBC. Looking back at our past performance, it’s interesting to note that we placed 21st  overall and fifth for technology and innovation just four years ago. As automation, big data, software and cloud computing drive technological advances throughout every

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Composite Recycling Technology Center partners with U.S. Dept. of Energy

Commerce Director Brian Bonlender joined Sen. Maria Cantwell and other federal, state and local dignitaries to celebrate an important Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IACMI) Innovation and our own Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) with partners at the city and Port of Port Angeles, Peninsula College and Clallam County.  The CRTC is funded in part by a grant from the Washington

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