COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through at least December 2021. Team members are available to assist you via phone and email.

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, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Economic Recovery Dashboard

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Regional, demographic and industry sector metrics that help state and local leaders chart a path to an equitable economic recovery.
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Summary of Commerce’s COVID response efforts

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Commerce has played a central role in delivering aid and support to businesses, local government, Tribes, nonprofits and struggling households.
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Business Resiliency Network

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Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for historically underserved business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
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Housing/rent assistance

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Emergency housing grants including rent assistance. Assistance is provided through local housing providers in your community.
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Public Works Board
News Releases

Public Works Board approves funding for 15 broadband construction projects across Washington state

Requests exceed available funding by 209% OLYMPIA, Wash. – At their December 3 meeting, the Washington State Public Works Board approved over $44.6 million in conditional grants for 15 broadband construction projects in unserved and underserved communities across the state. The need for broadband construction funding remains high. Applicants requested more than $90 million for 29 different projects, and the board approved qualified projects until all available program funds were exhausted.

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News Releases

Contract opportunity: Commerce seeks nonprofit organizations to expand business support efforts with historically marginalized communities

Small Business Resiliency Network adding new members to assist diverse entrepreneurs and business owners, promote opportunities for equitable economic recovery statewide OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting community-based nonprofit organizations interested in joining the agency’s Small Business Resiliency Network. Network organizations provide culturally- and linguistically- appropriate outreach, translation, education and other assistance to small business owners from historically marginalized communities. “The pandemic revealed enormous disparities

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News Releases

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $3.3 million in four counties

$2 million grant for rural broadband in Whatcom among five projects approved for funding at CERB November meeting. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) last week approved $2,431,250 in grants and $843,750 in low-interest loans for economic development, public infrastructure, and broadband development. Projects awarded funding are located in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, and Whatcom counties and will spur business growth, job creation and high-speed

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