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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State support helps add Cruise to growing list of autonomous vehicle companies in Washington

Gov. Inslee, Department of Commerce, Greater Seattle Partners collaborate to support location of Cruise office in Bellevue, adding up to 200 engineering jobs OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today confirmed that Cruise, an autonomous vehicle (AV) company, plans to open an office in Bellevue, adding to a growing list of nearly two dozen AV technology firms in Washington state. A $200,000 grant from the governor’s economic

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Commerce awards $1.6 million for solar energy projects

One Energy Development, Peninsula Light Company and TUUSSO Energy win latest round of state Clean Energy Fund grants targeting expansion of solar energy around the state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced over $1.6 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to three projects that will advance the development of solar energy in Washington. “Since 2013, state Clean Energy Fund investments have

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Commerce announces $10.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants for grid modernization

Four utility projects will advance Washington state’s leading efforts in clean and renewable energy technology innovation for building a more efficient, resilient and economical power grid.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has selected four proposed electric grid modernization projects to receive grants from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.  Pending final contracts, Avista, Orcas Power and Light, Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power are eligible for a total of

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