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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Public Works Board Construction Loans

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The Construction Loan Program is for cities, counties and special purpose districts with pre-construction and construction project needs for water, stormwater, sewer, recycling and roads and bridges.

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Homeless Point in Time Count

Final results for 2019 Point-in-Time count of homeless in Washington show net decrease

Data compiled by Commerce from county reports shows 3.1% decline in total number of people experiencing homelessness statewide, while half of counties posted increases. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce posted final statewide results of the 2019 Point-in-Time count, an annual one-night snapshot of people experiencing homelessness. Sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the count attempts to provide a consistent set of

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Aerospace sector lead Robin Toth at PAS19

Networking with Niedersachsen plus LaunchPad audience hears why Washington is #1

DAY 3: The mighty Choose Washington delegation marches on at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Highlights from our state’s largest delegation ever to the world’s largest aerospace event included a great networking event with companies from Germany’s Niedersachsen region. This area in Lower Saxony is another of the world’s top aerospace and tech clusters. The meetings today offered some exciting conversations and potential new partnerships. The relationship between Washington state

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ICT sector lead

Dr. Joseph Williams to join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Industry accomplishments during Williams’ tenure include doubling the number of slots for computer science degrees at state colleges and growth of tech apprenticeships for women, minorities, veterans.  OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that on June 23 Dr. Joseph Williams will leave his information and communications technology (ICT) sector lead position to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as director

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