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.

Rural Broadband Program

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The Community Economic Revitalization Board is now providing low-interest loans and grants to local governments and federal recognized tribes to construct broadband infrastructure that will provide high-speed, open-access broadband service.

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Early Learning Facilities Program

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This program enables Early Childhood Education Assistance Program contractors and child care providers to expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms needed to support early learning opportunities for low-income children. Deadline: Aug. 15. 

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Public Works Board

Public Works Board approves over $5.4 million in loans to communities in need

Pre-construction loans will help 10 Washington communities pursue needed public infrastructure work OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board today awarded $5,430,540 in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, counties and water districts throughout the state. This is just the second time in five years the Board has had funding available to issue these low-interest loans for vital public infrastructure improvements to roads, water, sanitary sewer and street systems.

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Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $1,437,500 to support economic development

Low-interest loan and four grants target public infrastructure and job creation in Clallam, Douglas, Island, and Pend Oreille counties. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $1,437,500 in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation at the Port of Port Angeles, Port of Douglas County, Island County, and the city of Newport. Clallam County –

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Make the Japan Business Connection at the Seattle/Japan Tech Meetup 9.0 July 25 – July 27, Seattle

Innovation Finders Capital (IFC), the Washington State Department of Commerce and Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe invite you to attend the Japan-Seattle AI Innovation Meetup 9.0, July 25-27. Register at: The momentum for this quarterly event continues to grow, with increasing participation from Japan’s biggest companies and Washington state’s most innovative tech companies. This unique event gives all participants the chance to meet members of the Japanese delegation, as well as

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