COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through at least December 2021. Team members are available to assist you via phone and email.

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

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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

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Commerce has played a central role in delivering aid and support to businesses, local government, Tribes, nonprofits and struggling households.
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Business Resiliency Network

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Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for historically underserved business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
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Housing/rent assistance

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Emergency housing grants including rent assistance. Assistance is provided through local housing providers in your community.
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News Releases

Coming soon: Working Washington grants for businesses impacted by U.S.-Canadian border closure

OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce announced a new grant program that will launch Oct. 4 to help certain small businesses hurting due to the U.S.-Canada border closure. The border has been closed to most travelers since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Working Washington Grants: Border Business Relief Program will focus on customer-facing businesses that have experienced hardship specifically as a result of the

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News Releases

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $10 million in nine rural county projects

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) yesterday approved $8,272,040 million in grants and $1,975,000 in low-interest loans for planning, economic development and rural broadband infrastructure construction projects. Five rural broadband projects were approved for nearly $8 million in funding from the CERB coronavirus capital projects fund, enabling an estimated 3,362 high-speed internet connections once completed. Projects are located in Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Mason, Skagit and

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News Releases

Commerce awards $11.4 million for vital infrastructure projects in 20 rural communities

Community Development Block Grants fund wide range of high-priority local projects, including public water, sewer, emergency and fire protection systems, streets, housing, food pantries and more. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced 20 rural cities, towns and counties will receive a total of more than $11.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2021. The 22 projects funded will: improve rural water, sewer, streets,

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