Commerce successfully attracts ‘Who’s Who’ of corporate location pros

Our business development team scored a big win in partnering with the Port of Seattle to co-host the Site Selectors Guild Annual Fall Forum. This group is the primary national association of corporate location consultants, and it was the first time one of their annual professional summits had taken place on the west coast. Other sponsors were Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County, Tri-Cities Development Council (TRIDEC), Economic Development Board

Read More

Making sure children are safe from lead exposure

You may not know that Commerce manages the state’s Lead-Based Paint Program, ensuring that work performed on homes containing lead-based paint is completed safely. According to the Center for Disease Control, lead-based paint is the leading environmental hazard to children under the age of six — far more common than lead water pipes. Lead paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978. KOMO-TV in Seattle ran a great story

Read More

Cultivating tech investment, new opportunities with Japan

Japan + Seattle A.I. Innovation Meetup 6.0 was an inbound trade mission connecting a dozen Japanese companies, including multinationals Mitsubishi Corporation, Fujitsu and Sojitz, with about 100 members of Washington’s tech startup community. The event is the sixth such business-to-business meetup since Commerce entered into a memorandum of cooperation with Japan and partnered with Tokyo-based Innovation Finders Capital and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Japan is keenly interested in artificial intelligence

Read More

80,000 Washingtonians benefit from Housing Trust Fund investments

“Making sure every person has a suitable place to live is one of the most critical areas of focus at Commerce.” — Connie Robins, Commerce Deputy Director Hundreds of partners work with Commerce every year to support Washington State Housing Trust Fund and affordable housing projects, strengthening communities all across the state. At the recent Housing Washington Conference in Spokane, Commerce Deputy Director Connie Robins acknowledged the many contributions of

Read More

Tech meets timber, bringing jobs to Spokane Valley

We congratulate and welcome Katerra to Spokane Valley, Washington! The innovative California-based company will open a 250,000-square-foot plant to make engineered wood products used in its own and potentially other residential developments, including the new Pine Valley Ranch and River House Senior Apartments in Spokane. Working closely with Gov. Inslee and our associate development organization partners at Greater Spokane, Inc., Commerce provided a $150,000 grant from the economic development strategic

Read More

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $500K in Washington state maritime sector innovation

“Washington Maritime Blue 2050” project aims to lead the nation in sustainable ocean industry technology and practices, earns regional innovation strategy grant OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program to support Washington Maritime Blue 2050, a statewide vision for creating and expanding the nation’s most sustainable ocean industry and technology cluster.

Read More

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

Read More