State investments enable burst of new solar panel projects in community buildings

State investments enable burst of new solar panel projects in community buildings

Commerce grants $3.5 million to help public buildings cut energy costs, reduce pollution and showcase solar in communities across the state. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $3.5 million in grants to state and local government agencies to install solar panels at public buildings in communities throughout the state. The 29 projects will provide over 2.2 megawatts of solar and will produce more than 3…

State Grant Supports ZeroAvia Project at Paine Field

State Grant Supports ZeroAvia Project at Paine Field

Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund Grant Aids Development of Hydrogen-Powered Flight Facility in Snohomish County Paine Field, Snohomish County, WA, January 11, 2022 — The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded a $350,000 economic development grant to support ZeroAvia’s site selection at Paine Field, Snohomish County. Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) requested the funds which will be invested into converting a warehouse building to office and research and development space. ZeroAvia has…

Commerce awards first round of economic development grants to five high-growth industries

Commerce awards first round of economic development grants to five high-growth industries

Innovation Cluster Accelerator commits $3 million to launch inaugural cohort OLYMPIA, WA – Recognizing that supporting innovation is essential to driving the transformation of legacy industries and rise of new clusters that will fuel statewide economic growth, the Washington State Department of Commerce recently launched the first cohort of an Innovation Cluster Accelerator. Five organizations will each receive up to $550,000 along with strategic guidance and support to build and…

Commerce announces historic grant round supporting dozens of affordable housing projects across the state

Commerce announces historic grant round supporting dozens of affordable housing projects across the state

Largest single award amount for grants and loans will support 40 projects in at least 16 counties OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce announced its largest ever single award amount for grants and loans that support 40 affordable housing projects in at least 16 counties across the state. The Traditional Housing Trust Fund (HTF) awards include 20 multifamily rental unit projects that will create or preserve 1,281…

Commerce announces grant to support expansion of clean tech startup with a mission of decarbonizing buildings

Commerce announces grant to support expansion of clean tech startup with a mission of decarbonizing buildings

CarbonQuest hopes expansion will create more than 100 jobs over time in the City of Spokane Valley OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington Department of Commerce today announced a $350,000 grant to support expansion of an innovative clean tech company that captures carbon emissions. CarbonQuest, headquartered in the City of Spokane Valley, has developed a patent-pending technology called Building Carbon Capture System that can capture, separate, liquefy and store carbon that…

Washington Maritime Blue Declared Finalist for $1 Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Washington Maritime Blue Declared Finalist for $1 Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Washington Maritime Blue declared finalist for $1 billion Build Back Better regional challenge Washington Maritime Blue was chosen from more than 500 nationwide applicants for initial funding and is the only finalist from Washington state to now compete for once-in-a-generation funding of up to $100 million of $1 billion in the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s challenge Seattle, WA — Washington Maritime Blue, in partnership with 14 regional coalition…

Washington State Broadband Office awards four digital navigator grants for services statewide

Washington State Broadband Office awards four digital navigator grants for services statewide

Grants will serve residents with one-on-one technical support, devices, and subscriptions to facilitate internet use and adoption among targeted populations. OLYMPIA, WA — This week, the Washington State Broadband Office approved $7,387,500 in grants for Digital Navigator services throughout Washington state. Digital Navigator services are essential in helping new internet users get online. These resources will support individuals seeking work, families supporting students, English language learners, Medicaid clients, people experiencing…

Public Works Board approves funding for 15 broadband construction projects across Washington state

Public Works Board approves funding for 15 broadband construction projects across Washington state

Requests exceed available funding by 209% OLYMPIA, Wash. – At their December 3 meeting, the Washington State Public Works Board approved over $44.6 million in conditional grants for 15 broadband construction projects in unserved and underserved communities across the state. The need for broadband construction funding remains high. Applicants requested more than $90 million for 29 different projects, and the board approved qualified projects until all available program funds were exhausted.…

Contract opportunity: Commerce seeks nonprofit organizations to expand business support efforts with historically marginalized communities

Contract opportunity: Commerce seeks nonprofit organizations to expand business support efforts with historically marginalized communities

Small Business Resiliency Network adding new members to assist diverse entrepreneurs and business owners, promote opportunities for equitable economic recovery statewide OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting community-based nonprofit organizations interested in joining the agency’s Small Business Resiliency Network. Network organizations provide culturally- and linguistically- appropriate outreach, translation, education and other assistance to small business owners from historically marginalized communities. “The pandemic revealed enormous disparities…

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $3.3 million in four counties

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $3.3 million in four counties

$2 million grant for rural broadband in Whatcom among five projects approved for funding at CERB November meeting. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) last week approved $2,431,250 in grants and $843,750 in low-interest loans for economic development, public infrastructure, and broadband development. Projects awarded funding are located in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, and Whatcom counties and will spur business growth, job creation and high-speed…