Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington’s Economy

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.

Community Development Block Grants

Community Development Block Grant project

Applications will be accepted until June 1 for 2018 Community Development General Purpose Block Grants. Grants assist Washington’s small cities, towns, and counties in carrying out community and economic development projects

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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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Gov. Inslee approves Opportunity Zones in communities across Washington

Special designation provides federal tax incentives for development in low-income areas OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today approved 139 census tracts in 36 counties for “Opportunity Zone” status, enabling them to offer special federal tax breaks to encourage development and job creation. See a map and list of Washington’s newly designated Opportunity Zones. “Opportunity Zones have the potential to provide a much-needed boost to communities and target development projects,

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Governor’s Choose Washington NMA advisory council highlights statewide aerospace strength with visit to industry assets in Spokane

Over 120 companies in the Spokane area support industry employers across the world, including Boeing, making it America’s fifth largest aerospace cluster SPOKANE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Choose Washington NMA Council met in Spokane today, visiting the region’s aerospace assets that make the Inland Northwest the fifth largest aerospace cluster in the nation. “We are invested in maintaining the largest and finest aerospace workforce and production capabilities in the

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Building Infrastructure

State Public Works Board approves first loans in five years for communities in need

$6 million in pre-construction loans awarded to 12 Washington communities OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board approved 12 cities and counties for approximately $6 million in pre-construction loans for 2018. This is the first time in five years the board has had funding from the state Legislature to issue loans. The Board selected 12 out of 15 projects from applications requesting over $7.5 million. These projects will

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