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Gov. Jay Inslee implemented mandatory furloughs for most state employees – a temporary layoff and reduction in pay – to save state funds. Commerce is implementing these furloughs for all staff. We will not be available for work on Monday June 29, and Fridays July 10, 17 and 24.

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.

Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder

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In response to the impacts of COVID-19, Drive-In WiFi Hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes.

View the location map..

Child Care Partnership Grants

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Commerce is accepting applications to support local partnerships to develop plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity in communities. 

Visit the program webpage…

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Community Grants

State awards $4.4 million for tribal victims of crime services initiative

Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy announces final grant awards from federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding for crisis services, advocacy and outreach in 20 tribal communities OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program announced a final tranche of $691,810 in grants to five Washington state federally recognized tribes for the Tribal Victims of Crime Services Initiative beginning

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Community Grants

Commerce to provide funding for community child care projects

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the first round of a new competitive Child Care Partnership grant program. Funding will support grants up to $100,000 each for collaborative efforts that expand child care capacity in communities throughout the state. More than 1,100 child care centers have temporarily closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, bringing an existing crisis of scarcity to

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Public Works Board
News Releases

State Public Works Board announces June broadband infrastructure webinars

Stakeholder roundtable and broadband construction application workshop scheduled OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Public Works Board is hosting two broadband infrastructure webinars in June: Stakeholder Roundtable, June 17, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This online meeting provides an update on development of the Public Works Board broadband program. The Zoom webinar will engage stakeholders and partners in an open discussion about completed work, where the program is headed, and current stakeholder efforts

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