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.

Grants for Dairy Digester Enhancement Program

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Funds available for grants that enhance viability of dairy digester projects. Apply by Jan. 31, 2020.

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Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program

We make energy assistance available through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities in Washington state.

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Commerce launches new Manufacturing Regulatory Roadmap in Pierce County

Online portal streamlines access to preliminary regulatory requirements for manufacturers looking to site or expand in Sumner and unincorporated Pierce County OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today launched Regulatory Roadmap 2.0, the latest addition to a series of localized online portals designed to help ease the process of getting preliminary regulatory requirements satisfied for expanding or siting a new facility. The new online portal guides manufacturing

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State board approves $2.4 million for rural development projects

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) invests $2,478,373 in low-interest loans and grants that will support community, economic and rural broadband development in Clark, Lincoln and Whitman counties. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) announced today $1,974,742 in loans and $503,631 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation and rural broadband development. Clark County – $1,224,742

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Washington Tourism Marketing Authority holds first meeting of 2020 next week

Jan. 23 board meeting on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia is open to the public. OLYMPIA, WA – Created to oversee a new statewide marketing campaign for tourism, the Washington State Tourism Marketing Authority (WTMA) will hold its first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 23 at the John L. O’Brien Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, 606 Columbia St. NW. The meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30

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