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.
Economic Recovery Dashboard
Regional, demographic and industry sector metrics that help state and local leaders chart a path to an equitable economic recovery.
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Summary of Commerce’s COVID response efforts
Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
Overcoming hurdles to housing: How one federal grant is helping state and local partners rally to move people out of homelessness
Renewed federal grant funding supports 196 community-based homeless programs that provide transitional housing, rental assistance, supportive services and housing to nearly 18,000 people.
State task force report details policies to stabilize and sustain child care industry and increase affordability for Washington families
A lack of affordable child care is keeping an estimated 133,000 workers out of the workforce. A new report from the task force recommends specific policy changes and investments that would result in increased affordability and availability of child care for all Washington families.
Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $4.6 million in two Spokane County infrastructure projects
OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved a total of $3,828,000 in low-interest loans and $828,000 in grants for economic development, and public infrastructure development targeting business growth, job creation and broadband development in two Spokane County communities: Kalispel Tribe of Indians Rural Broadband Project was awarded an $828,000 loan and a $828,000 grant. This project consists of design and construction of dark fiber