Building Infrastructure

Healthy communities require modern infrastructure to maintain a good quality of life and sustainable economic growth. Commerce works with public leaders and private partners to identify and fund projects related to domestic and industrial water, stormwater, wastewater, public buildings, telecommunications, port facilities, business parks and other infrastructure projects.

Worker building affordable housing
Washington is committed to seeing safe, decent and affordable housing for all residents. The Department of Commerce provides tools to local governments, nonprofits and community action agencies to ensure that everyone is housed in their communities.
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Building communities is at the heart of our work, and Washington’s lawmakers entrust Commerce to invest about $1 billion of the state’s capital budget each year. We work with counties, cities, ports and others around the state to build a better future for all of our citizens.

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Infrastructure is fundamental. Economic growth and community development are integrated components requiring public investment in roads, bridges, water and sewer systems.

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The program improves the economic, social and physical environment of eligible, rural cities and counties to enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents, and as a result, assists the entire community.

Since 1982, CERB’s flexible, rapid response to emerging growth opportunities in communities throughout the state has generated more than 34,000 permanent jobs.

We help communities plan for their future. Our team assists and guides local governments, state agencies, and others to manage growth and development consistent with the Growth Management Act (GMA).

To help mayors, town managers and other local officials navigate information and resources available at Commerce, we’ve created a portal to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Weatherization programs for businesses and homeowners, grants to make public buildings more energy efficient, funding for groundbreaking clean tech R&D … These are just some of the ways Commerce is helping secure Washington’s clean energy future.