The Legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist in addressing infrastructure needs. They use a dedicated funding pool to offer low-interest financing in a revolving loan program. A citizens’ board of infrastructure representatives manage the program.
The Public Works Board’s next meeting is September 9, 2022. This meeting will be from 8:30 to 12:00 online via Zoom. Members of the public can attend it person at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Olympia or via Zoom.
More Board information can be found on our About Us page.
2022 Traditional Programs Application Workshop
2021 Training Webinars
The videos and PowerPoint presentations for these events are now available on the Technical Assistance and Training page.
8/30/2022 – We are currently hiring for our communications and technical assistance lead. View the posting for this Commerce Specialist 3 position to see the requirements and to apply.
6/16/2022 – If you missed the chance to participate in the Traditional Programs application workshop, the video and presentation are now available.
6/6/2022 – The application cycle for traditional programs construction and pre-construction loans is open 6/6/2022 to 9/9/2022. Visit the Public Works Financing page for more information and to apply.
4/27/2022 – Proposed project speeds and locations for applications for broadband construction loans have been posted.
4/12/2022 – Notice of Public Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee is meeting on 4/12/2022 from 2:00-3:00 PM on Zoom to talk about board programs and administrative discussions. No actions will be taken.
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3/4/2022 – The Public Works Board broadband application workshop for 2022 state funded loans is now available.
2/22/2022 – The Public Works Board is now accepting applications for broadband construction loans. Visit our broadband funding webpage for details.
2/15/2022 – The Public Works Board will hold a special meeting on February 18, 2022 from 2:00 to 2:30 via Zoom to discuss the interest rates for the upcoming broadband loan funding cycle.
2/4/2022 – The Public Works Board voted today to open a broadband loan funding cycle from February 22, 2022 through April 26, 2022. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
1/31/2022 – The Public Works Board is proud to partner with the Washington State Broadband Office and the Community Economic Revitalization Board to launch a broadband funding webpage to help customers get to the program they need.
12/3/2021 – The Public Works Board approved $44,676,617 in conditional awards for Broadband Construction Federally Funded Grants from this ranked list of applications.
9/23/21 – Complete guidance on the use of Coronavirus Capital Projects Account (CVC-2) funding has been released. The Public Works Board has extended the application deadline for Broadband Construction Federally Funded Grants to October 8, 2021. The extension is so applicants can review the Broadband Construction Federally Funded Grant Application Guidelines and Guidance for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund and ensure their compliance.
8/18/21 – The Governor’s Office has made four new appointments and one reappointment to the Public Works Board:
- Kelly Snyder, MPA replaces Erik Martin, PE. This position is a public works director representative. The nomination is by the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC).
- Matthew Stevie replaces Mark “Bubba” Scott. This position is the PUD representative. The nomination is by the Washington Public Utilities Association (WPUDA).
- Justin Clary, PE replaces the Honorable Pam Carter. This position in one of the representatives of Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts (WASWD).
- The Honorable Lora Petso replaces Diane Pottinger, PE. This position is one of the representatives of Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts (WASWD).
- The Honorable Dr. Jeralee Anderson, PE has been reappointed to the PWB for a second term. She is a representative of Washington cities. The position is nominated by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
The Public Works Board would like to welcome its new members and recognize the dedication and commitment to excellence of its departing members.
8/6/21 – At their August meeting, the Public Works Board approved funding for their Traditional Programs Pre-Construction and Construction loans. Over $123 million was approved between the two programs. For the rated and ranked list of applicants and to see the awards, click Pre-Construction awards or Construction awards.
6/4/21 – The effort to ensure the quality of life for the residents of Washington is one assumed by all members of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. At their June Board meeting, the Public Works Board recognized the following Legislative members as Infrastructure Champions:
5/19/21 – The Traditional Programs Application Webinar PowerPoint presentation, including presenter notes, is now available. The webinar recording is also available for streaming.
5/11/21 – The Public Works Board is proud to present their Spring 2021 Newsletter.
2/8/21 – The Public Works Board is proud to present their Winter 2021 Newsletter.
1/11/21 – Can roads be environmentally-friendly and human-centered? Can they reduce our carbon footprint? Last February, Public Works Board Member Dr. Jeralee Anderson presented a TEDxTalk in Everett about utilizing roads as a component in effectively balancing ecosystems and economies. Stream this TEDxTalk now.
1/5/21 – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed two new members to the Public Works Board.
Kathryn Gardow, PE has been appointed as the new Public Works Board Chair and assumes Position #13 representing the general public. She served as a Public Works Board Member from 2005 to 2014 representing the general public. Five of those years she served as Vice Chair. Kathryn is principal of Gardow Consulting, LLC. Her nearly 40 years of experience includes:
- Land use and civil engineering as a consultant
- Project manager in a land use law firm
- City Engineer
The Honorable Ed Stern has been appointed to Position #1 as an elected official representing cities. Councilmember Stern has been a member of the Poulsbo City Council for 23 years. He recently retired from a 35 year career in the financial services industry where he specialized in fixed-income investments. From 2008-2009, Councilmember Stern served on the High Speed Internet Strategies Working Group, a position appointed by the Legislature.
1/4/21 – Lincoln County Commissioner Scott Hutsell has stepped down from his position as the Public Works Board Chair. Commissioner Hutsell initially joined the Board as an Elected County Representative in 2012. He was appointed by Governor Inslee as the Board Chair in 2017. The Public Works Board and its staff thank Commissioner Hutsell for his leadership and dedication. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
11/12/20 – The Department of Health has compiled a list of guidance and resources for water systems and customers about Customer Assistance Programs. The guidance includes requirements under the Governor’s proclamations related to COVID-19.
10/23/20 – The PWB awards broadband construction funding from ranked list of applications.
9/17/20 – Broadband construction application project locations and projected connection speeds is available on the broadband financing webpage.
7/28/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in the PWB hosted training webinars, they are now available for streaming.
6/24/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in this month’s broadband webinars, they are now available for streaming.
6/5/20 – The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Building Green Cities Guidebook: Incentivizing Low Impact Development (LID) Beyond Permit Requirements is available. It presents ways that local governments can incentivize developers to voluntarily incorporate LID on projects in urban growth centers. Using input from interviews, a project advisory committee, and social marketing research, we assessed perceived barriers and motivators for developers to provide guidance and policies to help local governments incentivize developers. The Guidebook includes tools and outreach materials that local governments can utilize to encourage developers to go beyond existing stormwater requirements. Also included are factsheets for best management practices and a variety of incentive programs.