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

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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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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Commerce awards $39 million to increase facilities for behavioral health care statewide

Investment in 341 additional spaces supports Gov. Inslee’s 5-year plan to modernize state mental health systems with more community-based facilities OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $39 million in grants to 18 health care providers across Washington, adding needed spaces to help people with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. These grant funds will help create 341 additional beds, including providing safe places for

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Washington State wins 2 out of 11 grants from HUD for youth homelessness programs, totaling $7 million

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $43 million in grants to help end youth homelessness, and $7 million is coming to Washington state. Our state’s bold leadership and innovative approaches were rewarded for the second consecutive year, with two of just 11 grants awarded nationwide coming here. Last year, King County received one of the limited number of annual awards from the Youth Homeless

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