Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington's Economy

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Low-Income Energy Assistance

LIEAP Program

LIHEAP makes energy assistance available to citizens of Washington through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities.

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Strengthening Communities

Washington state is home to a thriving Eritrean community. Since 2003, Commerce has been helping the Eritrean people stay connected to one another by funding construction of their community center in downtown Seattle, complete with a commercial kitchen.


Wenatchee awarded nearly $1 million in state funding for McKittrick Street extension project

Community Economic Revitalization Board grant and loan will support $2.4 million private partner investment, create estimated 90 jobs. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $973,185 in public infrastructure development funding targeting business growth and job creation in the Wenatchee, Chelan County. A $859,409 loan and a $113,776 grant to the city of Wenatchee is for the McKittrick Street Extension Project, State funding is

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Washington state delegation exhibits at MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany this week

Commerce hosts eight companies at world’s largest medical industry trade show Nov. 13-17 OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce kicked off several days of business-to-business meetings and marketing activities today to showcase the state’s life sciences industry at MEDICA, the world’s largest trade show for the medical technology sector. Germany is Europe’s largest medical device market and the world’s third largest medical market, with an annual market

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Washington State delegation seeks new business at Dubai Airshow

United Arab Emirates one of world’s largest markets for civil and military aircraft OLYMPIA, WA – A 12-member delegation recruited and led by the Washington State Department of Commerce heads to Dubai, United Arab Emirates this weekend, for what has become one of the largest international airshows. Representatives of nine companies will exhibit at the Choose Washington display in the USA Pavilion, and Commerce is representing two additional companies, the

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