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.

Broadband Planning Grants

Underserved area receiving broadband connectivity

Broadband Planning-Feasibility Study Grants are for strategic planning activities that facilitate the deployment of broadband service in unserved areas across Washington.

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Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program

We make energy assistance available through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities in Washington state.

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Public Works Board schedules public workshops on new broadband service access law

Stakeholder input from three rulemaking workshops in December will help state board set priorities for implementing Washington’s new broadband internet service access law. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Public Works Board will hold three public stakeholder workshops in December to discuss implementation of Washington’s new Broadband Internet Service Access law. Input from these workshops will help the board set priorities for its rulemaking work. The Broadband Internet Service Access

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Commerce leads third state delegation to Dubai Air Show next week

Six Washington state companies are among 1,300 exhibitors in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 17-21 OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce will lead its third delegation to the Dubai Air Show Nov. 17-21 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) featuring several companies from Washington’s world-leading aerospace supply chain, the Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA) and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA). Six companies will join the Commerce delegation

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Commerce awards $4 million to 52 communities to address housing affordability

Grants will fund housing action plans and city code changes to increase urban residential building capacity and streamline development regulations. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 52 cities will receive a total of $4 million to address housing affordability.  The grants may be used to support development of housing action plans, municipal code changes, subarea planning and environmental reviews – actions which are intended to

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