- International relationships strengthen all of our communities
Canada and Mexico are two of our top export markets. Healthy relationship with our North American neighbors is very important to our local economy and critical to helping our country tackle some of our most pressing issues.
- Legislative Update: Gov. Inslee Immediately Calls Lawmakers Into Second Special Session
As is standard procedure at this point in the fiscal calendar, we have begun contingency planning for our various programs and contracts in case a budget deal is not reached by June 30 and we enter a partial government shutdown.
- Washington state #1 economy in America
The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) numbers out this month place Washington state’s economy as the fastest growing in the nation in 2016. With a 3.7% GDP growth rate, our diverse economy continues to thrive at more twice the national rate.
- How data innovation helped heat more needy households
Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit recently used creative thinking to strengthen Seattle’s low-income community by identifying households eligible for the city’s utility discount program.
- Investing in clean energy infrastructure to build community resilience
Spokane-based private utility Avista, and the Snohomish public utility SnoPUD, each were awarded $3.5 million from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.
- HOPELINK groundbreaking signals a stronger community of Redmond
Partners such as Hopelink Redmond allow us to deliver funding effectively. Through these relationships we are able to better serve communities.
- Marine trades program supports good jobs in peninsula, island communities
Finding highly trained, ready skilled workers is a challenge for every industry, from information technology to aerospace. The marine trades are no different, and that sector is an important driver of economic vitality in many rural Washington communities, such as …read more
- Working to build a better Washington
Our role at Commerce is to strengthen communities – helping Washington become an even better place to live, work and play.
- Legislative update
As the budgets roll out, Commerce is actively working with legislators to ensure they leave this session having invested in the necessary resources to address our affordable housing and homelessness crisis across the state.
- Strengthening communities by building infrastructure: Pateros, Snohomish
In the summer of 2014, the largest wildfire in our state’s history devastated communities in Okanogan County. The city of Pateros was hit hard. Not only were hundreds of homes lost, but fire engulfed and severely damaged the city’s water …read more