COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through at least June 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

Three new sessions of ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition free business trainings scheduled

More than 350 growth-oriented small businesses helped during pandemic OLYMPIA, WA – “ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition,” an education and training partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new eight-week course tracks for small businesses interested in achieving exponential growth as the economy reopens. Each interactive course is two hours long and held once a week for eight weeks. The ideal participant

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News Releases

Commerce awards $388,000 to help convert Larch Corrections Center from oil to renewable wood energy

Clean Energy Fund grant program supports conversion of old oil and propane furnaces and boilers in public facilities to renewable wood biomass fuel.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a $388,000 award to the Washington State Department of Corrections through the Wood Energy for Public Facilities program, part of Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF). It’s the first CEF project aimed at converting a state

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News Releases

Commerce awards $4 million to make community buildings more energy efficient

Projects save taxpayer dollars by retrofitting schools, hospitals and municipal facilities and upgrading heating, cooling and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $4 million in grants to state and local government agencies for 17 energy efficiency projects that will deliver a projected reduction of more than 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually – enough to power about 480

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