Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $660,000 to support community, economic and rural broadband development

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $660,000 to support community, economic and rural broadband development

  • September 19, 2019

Clallam, Grant, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Spokane, Stevens and Thurston counties to benefit from grants and low-interest loans. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $252,000 in loans and $409,000 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation, and rural broadband development. Clallam County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Port Angeles for the Clallam County Broadband Feasibility

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Washington state maritime industry investment study points to tech innovation for growth

Washington state maritime industry investment study points to tech innovation for growth

  • September 19, 2019

Maritime cluster organization develops investment framework to accelerate clean technology innovation and sustainability in Washington State’s ocean economy. Seattle, WA – Days after Washington Governor Jay Inslee celebrated the start of work on the state’s first hybrid-electric ferry, a study released by Washington Maritime Blue identified technology solutions for water transportation, shipping, science and other ocean systems, as the highest growth sector in the “Blue Economy” – a term referring to sustainable

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Washington state receives $900K SBA grant to boost small business exports

Washington state receives $900K SBA grant to boost small business exports

  • September 17, 2019

More than $700 million in sales attributed to State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) since inception OLYMPIA, WA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce an eighth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $900,000 grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), is the highest and maximum amount awarded from a total $18 million to

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Commerce announces new round of grant funding for the Forest Products Financial Assistance Program (FPFAP)

Commerce announces new round of grant funding for the Forest Products Financial Assistance Program (FPFAP)

  • September 17, 2019

The Forest Products Financial Assistance Program (FPFAP) was established in 2014 with funds provided by the U.S. Forest Service. This program supports the development and expansion of forestry and agroforestry product industries in Washington state. The program emphasizes use of woody biomass, defined as trees and woody plants that are by-products of forestry management activities and wood products manufacturing. These byproducts may provide thermal energy, electrical energy, engineered fuel products or energy

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Early Learning Facilities Program Guidelines for Eligible Organizations are now available

Early Learning Facilities Program Guidelines for Eligible Organizations are now available

  • August 12, 2019

The 2019-21 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program guidelines for eligible organizations is now available on our website. Translated copies of our guidelines will be available soon in Spanish and Somali. Our ELF online grant application will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 1. All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants and are due to Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. We strongly encourage applicants to carefully read the

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Office of Homeless Youth awards $11 million to expand services in 30 Washington counties

Office of Homeless Youth awards $11 million to expand services in 30 Washington counties

  • August 7, 2019

Grants strengthen bold initiatives serving vulnerable young people in local communities across the state, including 23 rural counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of Homeless Youth has awarded $11 million to enable communities across the state to respond to more young people in need of stable housing and support. The grants boost services and resources in 30 counties, 23 of which are rural. Funding was

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Guidebook on civilian-military land use now available to community planners

Guidebook on civilian-military land use now available to community planners

  • August 6, 2019

State produces a technical assistance resource to promote civilian-military coordination in land-use planning OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today released the Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility, a technical guide to land use planning surrounding military installations. Primary users of the guidebook will be professional planners and municipalities. It also promotes general public awareness and information exchange about the importance of coordinated civilian-military planning

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State Public Works Board approves $85 million in infrastructure loans

State Public Works Board approves $85 million in infrastructure loans

  • August 6, 2019

Funding enables pre-construction and construction work on 30 projects across the state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board has awarded over $85 million in loans for pre-construction and construction activities for 30 projects across the state. Applicants had requested more than $248 million for 74 different projects, and the board approved qualifying projects from a rated and ranked list until all available funds were exhausted. Reflecting on

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Internship Openings in the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness in Seattle

Internship Openings in the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness in Seattle

  • July 30, 2019

The Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness office in downtown Seattle recruits volunteer interns on an ongoing basis based on need. We currently have a need in the Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion Unit, and we ask that interns volunteer 10-20 hours per week, for a minimum term of three months. Ideal candidates will be in their junior or senior year in college with a

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State infrastructure programs invest to enhance local project readiness

State infrastructure programs invest to enhance local project readiness

  • July 30, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) and fellow Sync partners are proud to announce the release of the Introductory Guide to Value Planning. In 2017, the Washington State Legislature directed the PWB to coordinate infrastructure system improvements with the departments of Health, Commerce and Ecology. This team is known as Sync, which collaboratively developed and tested the guide with support from more than 100 communities. This

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