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

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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Washington State wins 2 out of 11 grants from HUD for youth homelessness programs, totaling $7 million

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $43 million in grants to help end youth homelessness, and $7 million is coming to Washington state. Our state’s bold leadership and innovative approaches were rewarded for the second consecutive year, with two of just 11 grants awarded nationwide coming here. Last year, King County received one of the limited number of annual awards from the Youth Homeless

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Day 2 at Farnborough: Choose WA delegation going strong

  Our mighty Washington state delegation of 14 companies, 11 economic development organizations, ports, education and workforce training schools, Aerospace Futures Alliance and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance hit the ground running again today. Floor traffic at our Choose Washington booth is strong, and business is buzzing. Highlights of our second full day include a group procurement meeting with Bombardier, meetings with companies from Northern Ireland and another group meeting with

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