Washington Department of Commerce awards $22.8 million for affordable housing projects.

Washington Department of Commerce awards $22.8 million for affordable housing projects.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $22.8 million in grants and loans for nine affordable housing projects in communities throughout the state. See the complete list here. These funds will help provide an estimated 301 multi-family rental units/beds, and 80 seasonal farmworker beds. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, and federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs. “Our state Housing Trust Fund

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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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Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

Bonlender’s tenure includes rebuilding state’s economic development apparatus, launching new ways to fight homelessness, establishing new capital programs in energy, mental health and early learning. Olympia, WA – Brian Bonlender today announced his planned departure as director of the Washington Department of Commerce. He has been in the position since Feb. 1, 2013, and his last day with Commerce will be Jan. 15, 2019. Bonlender, 48, said that while the

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$10.5 million in grants awarded to 17 rural Washington communities

$10.5 million in grants awarded to 17 rural Washington communities

Grants from $24,000 to $750,000 will fund vital local infrastructure and services throughout the state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 17 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2018. Nineteen projects were selected from 31 grant applications requesting almost $18 million. They will improve rural water, sewer, streets and fire protection systems;

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Conference provided opportunities for communities to learn more about Opportunity Zones

Conference provided opportunities for communities to learn more about Opportunity Zones

Thank you to everyone who made the Washington State Opportunity Zone Conference a huge success! Over 250 people attended the event, which was held in Seattle on Nov. 15 and hosted by Washington State Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the National Development Council (NDC). Special thanks to Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, who kicked off the event and to Emcees Craig Nulte, Federal Reserve Bank

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State board increases per-project caps for construction funding

State board increases per-project caps for construction funding

Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) raises per-project funding limits to $3 million for core construction, $2 million for rural broadband projects The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has increased the maximum amount local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes may apply for to fund infrastructure projects in their communities, including rural broadband projects. The new limits are $3 million per project for CERB core construction funds and $2

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Washington life science delegation taps global growth opportunities in Dusseldorf, Germany this week

Washington life science delegation taps global growth opportunities in Dusseldorf, Germany this week

Commerce promoting small businesses to potential foreign partners and customers, including arranged meetings with delegations from Belgium, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Wales at world’s largest medical industry event. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce kicked off several days of international business-to-business meetings today to showcase the state’s life sciences industry at MEDICA, the world’s largest trade show for the medical technology sector. Product categories

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