COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through 2020. Team members are available to assist you via phone and email. In alignment with Gov. Jay Inslee’s furlough order, Commerce will be closed Oct. 16 and Nov. 25.

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

Broadband Mapping Initiative

Broadband speed survey

The Washington State Broadband Office mapping initiative will help identify gaps in high-speed internet service in order to bring universal broadband to the state by 2024.

Take the 1-minute access and speed survey

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News Releases

Washington reels in federal grant to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, investment in sustainable maritime economy

Washington Maritime Blue receives $600K Industry Challenge Grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration; state partners will match to create $1.2 million investment in state’s blue economy SEATTLE, WA – Washington Maritime Blue, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate innovation and sustainability in the maritime and ocean industries, has been awarded a $600,000 “Build to Scale” Industry Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in cooperation with the

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State effort to expand rural broadband gets boost from Better Health Together

BHT grant supports Washington Broadband Office efforts to secure competitive federal funding for broadband projects in eastern Washington OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Broadband Office is celebrating a partnership with Spokane-based nonprofit Better Health Together (BHT) that will provide up to $207,000 to fund development of 18 broadband grant applications for projects in eastern Washington: two projects in each of Spokane, Adams, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties,

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