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.

Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program

Manufactured and mobile homes are a vital source of affordable housing in Washington state. But sometimes communities close, leaving residents without a place to live. If you know someone in this situation, our Manufactured and Mobile Home Relocation Assistance program might be able to help.

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Behavioral Health Facilities Grant Program

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The Behavioral Health Facilities Grant program is open to nonprofits, public entities, tribes and for-profit businesses. This is a reimbursement-style grant for capital construction projects only.

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State clean buildings standard rulemaking process kicks off with Oct. 30 webinar

Department of Commerce to develop rules for state energy performance standard to maximize reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is hosting a public webinar at 2 p.m. PDT on Oct. 30 to introduce the upcoming process that will develop rules for adoption of the state energy performance standard for commercial buildings. The on-line session, which will be recorded and

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State approves expansion of Spokane Community Empowerment Zone for industrial development

New boundaries open special tax incentives on all industrial-zoned land to support additional investment, manufacturing development and jobs. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has approved a significant expansion of Spokane’s Community Empowerment Zone (CEZ) boundaries to include all industrial-zoned land in the area. Spokane Mayor David Condon and the city council requested the extension so that industrial property well-suited to manufacturing development projects will be eligible

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Russ Elliott named to head Washington State Broadband Office

Broadband infrastructure expansion will support education, health care and economic development in state’s rural and underserved communities OLYMPIA, WA – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Russ Elliott Director of the State Broadband Office in the Department of Commerce. The State Broadband Office was established by the Legislature this year to develop and improve affordable, quality broadband throughout Washington state in order to drive job creation, promote innovation, improve economic vitality

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