Gov. Inslee’s budget makes significant investments in state workforce

Gov. Inslee’s budget makes significant investments in state workforce

OLYMPIA – Investments in workforce training programs are a significant part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget. Under his plan, more students will be able to enroll in programs, training facilities at community colleges will be upgraded, and the Career Connect Washington Plan will create expanded learning opportunities for K-12 students. “The Choose Washington New Market Airplane Council strongly supports workforce investments that will benefit all Washington state industries, especially

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

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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State seeks input for civilian-military compatible land use planning guidebook

State seeks input for civilian-military compatible land use planning guidebook

Survey now open to gather input on resources to guide communities in planning for development around Department of Defense and other military installations OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. An online survey is now available to capture opinions and comments

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Grant assists AIM Aerospace expansion in Pierce and King Counties

Grant assists AIM Aerospace expansion in Pierce and King Counties

Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County receives $125,000 grant from Commerce to assist AIM Aerospace expansion in Pierce and King Counties Sept. 25, 2018 — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a $125,000 grant to the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County that will support capital investments by AIM Aerospace, a growing Washington-based advanced carbon fiber manufacturer. The grant from Governor Inslee’s economic development strategic reserve account will

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Commerce awards $9.9 million to preserve 1,179 affordable housing units

Commerce awards $9.9 million to preserve 1,179 affordable housing units

Grants and loans fund work on 23 multifamily rental properties and shelter projects statewide OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $9.9 million in grants and loans from the state’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for 23 housing preservation projects in communities throughout Washington. See the complete list. The funds will preserve 1,179 multifamily rental and shelter units, 790 of which will be occupied by households earning

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Request for Proposal: Commerce seeking proposals to provide rent assistance linked to Medicaid

Commerce is soliciting proposals for the Community Behavioral Health Rental Assistance Pilot. Firms interested in expanding the availability of long-term supportive housing rent assistance should apply. Successful bidders will have links with behavioral health agencies to provide supportive services for people with long-term behavioral health needs whose rent will be paid by these subsidies. Commerce will reimburse rent, other housing costs and some administrative costs by contracting with three to

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Public Works Board approves over $5.4 million in loans to communities in need

Public Works Board approves over $5.4 million in loans to communities in need

Pre-construction loans will help 10 Washington communities pursue needed public infrastructure work OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board today awarded $5,430,540 in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, counties and water districts throughout the state. This is just the second time in five years the Board has had funding available to issue these low-interest loans for vital public infrastructure improvements to roads, water, sanitary sewer and street systems.

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