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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Latest News

NMA Council Tours Kitsap County

Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council continues aerospace industry meetings in Kitsap County

Leaders in state’s “most affordable place to live” tout high educational attainment, multi-modal access to international markets, highly skilled labor pool and $6.1 billion defense economy as strengths in Washington’s bid to design and build proposed Boeing middle-market airplane. BREMERTON, WA – Leaders spearheading the effort to win design, production and final assembly of Boeing’s potential new middle-market airplane (NMA) met in Kitsap County today, where a $6.1 billion defense

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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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