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

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

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This program provides low interest loans and limited grants to local governments, non-profits, tribes, ports and private businesses undertaking clean-up and redevelopment of Brownfield properties that are idle, underutilized or abandoned as a result of contamination. 

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Community Development Block Grant

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The Community Development Block Grant assists Washington’s small cities, towns and counties in carrying out significant community and economic development projects principally benefiting low- and moderate-income persons. An application period is open until June 5.

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Washington, Innovation Norway open summit with agreement to promote economic cooperation, trade relations between state and Norway

Maritime, environmental, fisheries and other technologies emphasized in memorandum of understanding between state and Norway’s national economic development agency SEATTLE, Wash. – Following remarks by Ambassador of Norway to the U.S. Hon. Kare Aas, and Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib at today’s Nordic Innovation Summit, officials formalized an agreement to promote economic cooperation and develop trade relations between Washington and Norway’s ocean industries and complementing ecosystems. Chris Green, director of the Office of Economic

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Commerce leads tech trade mission to Japan next week

Artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality dominate Washington state technology delegation exploring investment, partnership opportunities in Tokyo and Osaka OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Commerce will lead a delegation of nine companies on a state trade mission May 20-24 to Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. Opportunities in the growing artificial intelligence (AI) space is the primary focus for the four days of corporate site visits, briefings, pitch sessions and business development

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photo of young mother Stephanie Zuniga and her three children at Evergreen Visata, a Housing Trust Fund project

Commerce conducting application training for communities in need of affordable housing in May and June

Commerce will be conducting six application workshops in May and June.  The workshops include funding and compliance topics that will cover: The Washington State Housing Trust Fund The National Housing Trust Fund HOME Programs The Housing Preservation Program Compliance – How to stay in compliance with these funding sources **NEW** – Foundational Community Supports Question and answer segments for all topics Please RSVP for one of the six workshop days by

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