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APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR PRE-CONSTRUCTION LOAN FUNDS! The Pre-Construction Loan Cycle is now open, and the deadline for applications is midnight, September 13, 2018. Emergency Loans can be applied for any time. For more information, please see our Financing page.

The Public Works Board will hold their annual Retreat on October 4-5, 2018, in Wenatchee, WA.

At their August 3, 2018 meeting, the Public Works Board approved over $5.4 million in Pre-Construction loans to communities in need. Read more here.

07/19/2018 “State Public Works Board Approves First Loans in Five Years,” Waitsburg Times.

The Public Works Board has revised their 2018 Calendar of Meeting Dates.

April 13, 2018 – The Washington State Public Works Board approved 12 cities and counties for approximately $6 million in pre-construction loans for 2018. This is the first time in five years the board has had funding from the state Legislature to issue loans. (PDF)

Chair Scott Hutsell signs the loan list on April 13, 2018. Behind him, from left to right, Board Members Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Diane Pottinger, KC Kuykendall, Pam Carter, and Bill Ramos.

Effective immediately, all visitors to the Department of Commerce may only park in the designated Visitor Parking Area, and must display a Visitor Parking Permit on their dash. For more information, please see our Visitor Parking Instructions and Parking Map.

Chair Scott Hutsell and Executive Director Cecilia Gardener spoke at the House Capital Budget Committee Work Session on the Public Works Board and Sync, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. View video here. View presentation here. (PDF)

Chair Scott Hutsell and Executive Director Cecilia Gardener spoke to the Infrastructure and Public Depository Task Force on October 31, 2017. View Video here.

“What’s New with the Public Works Board?” Presentation at the IACC Conference 10/26/2017 (PDF)

Public Works Board Newsletter, October 2017 (PDF)

Infrastructure Funding… Still in the News: How does a District address significant infrastructure needs, against dwindling infrastructure financing, with the least impact to our ratepayers?” Article by Diane Pottinger, Public Works Board Member, September 11, 2017

Chair Scott Hutsell Urges Lawmakers to Support the Public Works Assistance Account, email 07/12/2017 (PDF)

The Public Works Board announces new Chair, Scott Hutsell (PDF)

View May 4, 2017 Infrastructure Funding Programs Webinar

Download PowerPoint from May 4, 2017 Infrastructure Funding Programs Webinar, including links to funders (PDF)

PWeB, our online contracts database, has been disabled. Contact Connie Rivera for any information you need.

Support for the Public Works Assistance Account

06/28/2017, Letter to the Editor: “Public Works Fund restored,” by Monica Jurado Stonier, The Columbian

06/10/2017, Guest Column: “A possible re-start for the Public Works Trust Fund,” (PDF) by Steve Young, Tri-City Herald

06/03/2017, Op-Ed: “State aims to catch up on deferred maintenance,” (PDF) by Chair Scott Hutsell, Spokane Spokesman-Review

06/01/2017, Op-Ed: “Update on Local Infrastructure Project Needs,” by Board Member Jerry Cummins, Union-Bulletin

05/28/2017, Op-Ed: “Public’s Trust Down the Drain,”  by Board Member KC Kuykendall, Union-Bulletin

05/24/2017, Letter to the Editor: “Thanks to legislators for funding public works programs,”  by Board Member Matt Rasmussen, Tri-City Herald

05/23/2017, Op-Ed: “Funding Infrastructure as Inexpensively as Possible,” by Board Member Jerry Cummins, Union-Bulletin

AWC: “Funding the Public Works Trust Fund,” 04/12/2017 (video) Over the past several years, the Legislature has responded to the economic recession by diverting infrastructure funds to basic government. Learn more about the need for the Senate and House to fund the Public Works Trust Fund by watching this video.

AWC: Local Infrastructure Issue Brief Public Works loan repayments should be a permanent base to rebuild and infrastructure partnership, not a one-time shot in the arm to the operating budget.

2017 WPUDA Policy Position, WPUDA Supports Restoration of Funding to the Public Works Trust Fund

09/16/2016, Letter from the Public Works Board to Director Bonlender (PDF)

05/31/2016, North City Water District, “Schools AND Infrastructure”

October 2015, Stan Finkelstein, Board Chair, “Reflections on the Public Works Assistance Account” (PDF)

05/14/2014, North City Water District, “Infrastructure and Washington’s Public Works Board”

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