Agreement promotes economic cooperation, trade relations

Agreement promotes economic cooperation, trade relations

  • May 31, 2019

Maritime, environmental, fisheries and other technologies are emphasized in a new memorandum of understanding signed by Chris Green, director of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, and Gro Eirin Dyrnes, head of Innovation Norway (@Grodyrnes). Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib and Norway Ambassador to the U.S. Kare Aas witnessed the agreement during the Nordic Innovation Summit. Areas of cooperation include decarbonization of vessels, ocean technology innovation including offshore marine renewable energy, sub-sea sensors, gliders and robotics,

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Consul General of Norway Jo Sletbak and  Norway Ambassador to the U.S. Kare Aas visit Commerce

Consul General of Norway Jo Sletbak and Norway Ambassador to the U.S. Kare Aas visit Commerce

  • May 31, 2019

Earlier this month, the Consul General of Norway Jo Sletbak and  Norway Ambassador to the U.S. Kare Aas visited Commerce. The Norwegian officials were in town for the Nordic Innovation Summit (read more about Washington Maritime Blue below), an exciting opportunity for our maritime and tech communities to continue our work together to advance clean technology, a sustainable ocean economy worldwide, Smart Cities initiatives and more.

Capital budget boosts Commerce funding for rural broadband, community behavioral health facilities, housing

Capital budget boosts Commerce funding for rural broadband, community behavioral health facilities, housing

  • May 31, 2019

When Governor Inslee signed the new budgets this month, Commerce programs received strong support for our mission of strengthening communities. In addition to rural broadband, highlights in the capital budget included: Housing Trust Fund investments will provide 4,100 new affordable housing units, including 500 aging units and rent assistance to local communities for 1,000 more people and permanent supportive housing for 135 more homeless families Community Behavioral Health Facilities received an unprecedented $118

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U.S. News ranks Washington #1 Best State

  • May 31, 2019

Washington’s success doesn’t stop with having the highest GDP growth and strongest job growth in the nation last year, our state tops the list as overall “Best State” in the latest U.S. News and World Report  rankings. Strong technology and clean energy sectors are driving growth and innovation. “The big challenge in front of us is to continue working to spread the opportunities evenly across the state.”  —- Washington State Department of Commerce Director Dr. Lisa 

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First impressions, crucial conversations

  • March 14, 2019

By Lisa Brown, Director It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since I accepted Gov. Inslee’s appointment to lead the Department of Commerce. I knew this was going to be an exciting opportunity for me to apply my experience in government, health science and economics to advance the agency’s mission of strengthening communities all over the state. If these first weeks are any indication, I’m in for a

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Tech innovation happening everywhere

Tech innovation happening everywhere

  • January 30, 2019

Acting Commerce Director Connie Robins joined Governor Inslee’s ICT sector lead Dr. Joseph Williams in Mount Vernon, Skagit County last week for a briefing on a world-leading program at PACCAR to build the coming generation of autonomous trucks. “There’s a lot of amazing tech innovation happening all over the state,” said Williams. Technology and cloud computing are transforming every industry sector from aerospace and agriculture to medicine and maritime. Learn

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We cannot rest on our laurels

  • December 20, 2018

While it’s gratifying to reflect on the strides we make each year, all of our accomplishments and our future successes rely on leaders setting a positive, productive and collaborative tone for the entire state. Unlike the negativity and gridlock plaguing the Other Washington, I am heartened by the way in which individuals and organizations here are able to set aside petty differences for the greater good. It’s inspiring to be

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Striving for equity and inclusion

  • December 20, 2018

A couple of years into my service in this position, we formed the Minority Business Roundtable, made up of business leaders representing different ethnic and minority communities in Washington. This group has been helpful in creating ideas that help us promote inclusivity, beginning with good data. For example, our ADO’s responsible for local economic development are now required to track the number of minority and women-owned businesses they assist. Similarly,

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Energy innovation is happening all around us

  • December 20, 2018

Old ideas don’t help us solve new problems. We reorganized the State Energy Office to adapt to the changing landscape of the clean energy economy. Our Energy Office is constantly analyzing data, technology, and research projects to help us make informed decisions. More than just thought leaders, we’re leading work happening now, all over the state and the Pacific Coast region, to build the low-carbon future. Since January 2013, we

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Strengthening Communities by Building Infrastructure

  • December 20, 2018

As a trusted partner with stakeholders and other state agencies, Commerce has taken on and launched new capital programs including Early Learning Facilities, Behavioral Health Facilities and Rural Broadband.  We’ve managed the Public Works Trust Fund through rocky times, coming through with successful legislation that provides a broader perspective on funding opportunities and coordination with sister infrastructure agencies.  Since January 2013, we have invested over $1.5 billion for capital projects

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