State Public Works Board announces June broadband infrastructure webinars

State Public Works Board announces June broadband infrastructure webinars

  • June 1, 2020

Stakeholder roundtable and broadband construction application workshop scheduled OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Public Works Board is hosting two broadband infrastructure webinars in June: Stakeholder Roundtable, June 17, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This online meeting provides an update on development of the Public Works Board broadband program. The Zoom webinar will engage stakeholders and partners in an open discussion about completed work, where the program is headed, and current stakeholder efforts

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Permanent Supportive Housing Operations/Maintenance/Services Funding

  • May 29, 2020

The Department of Commerce is soliciting applications from qualified owners/operators of permanent supportive housing (PSH) projects for funding of operating and maintenance costs, as well as reimbursement for the cost of supportive services offered to clients in PSH units. Qualified applicants own or operate multifamily housing projects funded by the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, or other public capital funding sources. The Notice of Funding Availability and application can be

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CERB invests $5.1 million in Franklin, Skagit, Thurston, Walla Walla Counties

CERB invests $5.1 million in Franklin, Skagit, Thurston, Walla Walla Counties

  • May 22, 2020

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) yesterday approved $3,950,000 in low-interest loans and $1,150,000 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation. Franklin County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Pasco for the Reimann Industrial Center Master Plan. This study encompasses development of a master plan to include scope of work, budget, development schedule,

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Commerce awards over $65,000 for skilled worker training programs

Commerce awards over $65,000 for skilled worker training programs

  • May 14, 2020

Matching grants bolster professional education and training programs aimed at filling the need for workers with specific skills in construction, medical and aerospace industries OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced three grants to help increase Washington’s skilled workforce and provide job opportunities in construction, aerospace, chemical dependency and medical assistant careers. The state funds are matched two-to-one by the organizations that will develop, promote and

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Local governments poised to receive nearly $300 million in coronavirus relief

Local governments poised to receive nearly $300 million in coronavirus relief

  • May 8, 2020

Commerce begins distributing federal CARES Act funds to strengthen community emergency responses OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced local governments will soon receive their portion of nearly $300 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds awarded to the state to address COVID-19-related costs. The funds are flexible, allowing cities and counties to use their allocation for everything from public health

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Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots launch statewide push for universal public access broadband

Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots launch statewide push for universal public access broadband

  • May 7, 2020

Public-private partnerships seek to bridge the “digital divide” by providing free broadband access to all Washingtonians through community drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Broadband Office estimates over 300 new drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots are coming online statewide through an initiative to bring free public broadband internet access to all residents. Partners in the state’s drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots project include: Washington State University; Washington State Library, part of

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