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.

Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

Efficient energy options

Energy efficiency and solar grant funds result in energy and operational cost savings at state education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and public school districts. Application deadline Dec. 31.

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Loans for Low-Income Rural Home Owners

Saving money for a home expense

This new program will provide deferred loans up to $40,000 to rural, low-income households that need repairs and improvements on their primary residence for health, safety or durability. Homeowners earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible. 

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Latest News

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Washington life science delegation taps global growth opportunities in Dusseldorf, Germany this week

Commerce promoting small businesses to potential foreign partners and customers, including arranged meetings with delegations from Belgium, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Wales at world’s largest medical industry event. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce kicked off several days of international business-to-business meetings today to showcase the state’s life sciences industry at MEDICA, the world’s largest trade show for the medical technology sector. Product categories

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Governor’s NMA Council Recommends Actions to Maintain Edge in Aerospace and High-Demand Industry Talent

Early commitment to the council’s workforce strategy will help market the state’s extensive training system to local and global employers – a key factor in company siting decisions.     OLYMPIA, WA – Today, the Choose Washington New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) Council released an innovative and comprehensive strategy to strengthen the state’s talent pool in aerospace and related high-demand industries. “Washington’s continued leadership in aerospace – and many other sectors – depends on

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Commerce names new leads for economic development strategies in key aerospace and life science industry sectors

Robin Toth, former vice president at Greater Spokane, Inc., will head the state’s public-private collaborative efforts to grow aerospace in Washington; Julia Terlinchamp leaves Gov. Inslee staff to lead life sciences/global health sector development. OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that Robin Toth and Julia Terlinchamp are the newest members of the state’s team leading strategic economic development in eight key industry sectors. Based in Commerce,

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