State task force report recommends options to address lack of access to affordable child care

State task force report recommends options to address lack of access to affordable child care

  • December 11, 2019

Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force launches next phase of work to deliver strategy, timeline and implementation plan to improve access to affordable, high-quality child care for all Washington families, beginning with a complete assessment of child care supply, demand and facility needs due this summer. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce released the initial report from the Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force and today launched

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A new boiler for rural Washington school district

A new boiler for rural Washington school district

  • December 11, 2019

When the rural school district of Northport experienced a catastrophic boiler failure, district officials were left with few good options. Commerce worked w/ partners to replace it with one that is energy efficient, and better for the environment.

Commerce awards $1.7 million to help homeless students and families

Commerce awards $1.7 million to help homeless students and families

  • December 10, 2019

Five projects will partner with K-12 schools on programs and services for homeless students and families across Washington state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $1,730,000 in competitive grants from the state’s Homeless Students Stability Program to five projects that will provide services aimed at helping students and families experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied students, in Washington’s K-12 public school system. “Having safe, appropriate, stable housing

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Public Works Board approves broadband planning-feasibility study grants

Public Works Board approves broadband planning-feasibility study grants

  • December 9, 2019

Unserved communities across the state receive $450,000 OLYMPIA, Wash. – At its Dec. 6 board meeting, the Washington State Public Works Board awarded $450,000 in grants for broadband planning-feasibility study projects to nine communities across the state. When reflecting on this funding cycle, board chair Scott Hutsell said, “This is another step toward accomplishing the governor’s vision of all Washington residents being served with quality broadband access. In our modern society, access

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Imagine the future of Hoquiam at community open house Dec. 12

Imagine the future of Hoquiam at community open house Dec. 12

  • November 26, 2019

Public invited to join local leaders and share priorities, explore possibilities for strengthening the community of Hoquiam OLYMPIA, WA – Residents and leaders in Hoquiam have a unique opportunity to partner with the Washington State Department of Commerce to elevate a set of local priorities for community and economic development that will receive special targeted assistance. The public is invited to tell community leaders their ideas about what these priority

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State board approves $5.2 million for development projects in six counties

State board approves $5.2 million for development projects in six counties

  • November 21, 2019

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) invests $5,216,500 in low-interest loans and grants to support community, economic and rural broadband development in Adams, Benton, Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and Thurston counties. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $3,456,279 in loans and $1,760,221 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation and rural broadband development.

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New carbon and electricity markets workgroup announced

New carbon and electricity markets workgroup announced

  • November 19, 2019

Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Commerce name members of stakeholder workgroup to examine market issues related to Washington state’s new 100% clean electricity law OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington Department of Commerce and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) today named 20 members to a workgroup that will examine market issues related to implementation of the state’s new clean electricity law, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). CETA

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Public Works Board schedules public workshops on new broadband service access law

Public Works Board schedules public workshops on new broadband service access law

  • November 14, 2019

Stakeholder input from three rulemaking workshops in December will help state board set priorities for implementing Washington’s new broadband internet service access law. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Public Works Board will hold three public stakeholder workshops in December to discuss implementation of Washington’s new Broadband Internet Service Access law. Input from these workshops will help the board set priorities for its rulemaking work. The Broadband Internet Service Access

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Commerce leads third state delegation to Dubai Air Show next week

Commerce leads third state delegation to Dubai Air Show next week

  • November 14, 2019

Six Washington state companies are among 1,300 exhibitors in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 17-21 OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce will lead its third delegation to the Dubai Air Show Nov. 17-21 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) featuring several companies from Washington’s world-leading aerospace supply chain, the Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA) and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA). Six companies will join the Commerce delegation

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Commerce awards $4 million to 52 communities to address housing affordability

Commerce awards $4 million to 52 communities to address housing affordability

  • November 12, 2019

Grants will fund housing action plans and city code changes to increase urban residential building capacity and streamline development regulations. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 52 cities will receive a total of $4 million to address housing affordability.  The grants may be used to support development of housing action plans, municipal code changes, subarea planning and environmental reviews – actions which are intended to

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