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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Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance

LIHEAP Energy Program

If you’re struggling to keep the heat on this winter, you should know about the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program helps households avoid utility shutoffs in the winter.

Learn which organizations are offering services in your area…

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Upcoming: Electrification of Transportation Systems Public Comment Opportunity

Anyone interested in electrified transportation and its infrastructure has an opportunity to shape an important Washington state grant. This grant will support retail electric utilities and local government investment in transportation charging infrastructure. Eligible applicants may partner with any organization type. Commerce would like to know about public perception, best practices, latest technical developments, market trends and barriers to applicant participation. There will be a two-week window in which anyone

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Interbay Advisory Committee Open House scheduled for March 19

First in a series of public open houses for project to study redevelopment of Washington National Guard Armory site in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Department of Commerce Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee will hold an open house from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Ballard VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107. Launched in September 2018, the project is studying

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Nominees sought for 2019 Governor’s 2019 Smart Communities Awards

13th annual program to recognize outstanding work by local governments and their partners in sustainable community planning and development adds new housing strategies category. OLYMPIA, Wash. – On behalf of Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington Department of Commerce announced today that nominations are open for the 2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Awards. An annual event since 2006, Smart Communities recognizes outstanding achievements and collaboration by local governments and their partners in

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