Commerce launches new Manufacturing Regulatory Roadmap in Pierce County

Commerce launches new Manufacturing Regulatory Roadmap in Pierce County

  • January 23, 2020

Online portal streamlines access to preliminary regulatory requirements for manufacturers looking to site or expand in Sumner and unincorporated Pierce County OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today launched Regulatory Roadmap 2.0, the latest addition to a series of localized online portals designed to help ease the process of getting preliminary regulatory requirements satisfied for expanding or siting a new facility. The new online portal guides manufacturing

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State board approves $2.4 million for rural development projects

State board approves $2.4 million for rural development projects

  • January 17, 2020

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) invests $2,478,373 in low-interest loans and grants that will support community, economic and rural broadband development in Clark, Lincoln and Whitman counties. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) announced today $1,974,742 in loans and $503,631 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth, job creation and rural broadband development. Clark County – $1,224,742

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Washington Tourism Marketing Authority holds first meeting of 2020 next week

Washington Tourism Marketing Authority holds first meeting of 2020 next week

  • January 16, 2020

Jan. 23 board meeting on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia is open to the public. OLYMPIA, WA – Created to oversee a new statewide marketing campaign for tourism, the Washington State Tourism Marketing Authority (WTMA) will hold its first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 23 at the John L. O’Brien Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, 606 Columbia St. NW. The meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30

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Commerce awards over $12 million to add facilities for behavioral health care statewide

Commerce awards over $12 million to add facilities for behavioral health care statewide

  • January 9, 2020

Funding will support 150 new beds and outpatient services for community-based care OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $12.4 million in grants to 10 successful applicants from across Washington to serve people with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. The funds will help create 150 additional beds, including local community alternative places to stay for people leaving Eastern and Western State Hospitals. “These investments

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Commerce names advisory committee for development of 2021 state energy strategy

Commerce names advisory committee for development of 2021 state energy strategy

  • January 7, 2020

Kick off meeting Jan. 10 at Sea-Tac Airport open to the public OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a 27-member advisory committee to guide an update to the state energy strategy, a comprehensive effort that will identify policies and actions to ensure competitive energy prices, foster a clean energy economy, and meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. Formed in response to the 2019 Clean Energy Transformation

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Public Works Board sets public hearing on proposed rule changes Jan. 22 in Olympia

Public Works Board sets public hearing on proposed rule changes Jan. 22 in Olympia

  • January 2, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board has approved several policy changes related to the administration of its traditional infrastructure funding programs, some of which will require an update to the Washington Administration Code (WAC). The board is currently conducting rulemaking activities to complete the changes. A public hearing is set for Jan. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum Street SE,

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Washington Department of Commerce awards $91.6 million for affordable housing projects

Washington Department of Commerce awards $91.6 million for affordable housing projects

  • December 19, 2019

Funds will create 2,423 units of affordable housing for low-income and special-needs residents, including people with chronic mental illness, homeless households and individuals, veterans, farmworkers and first-time homebuyers. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $91.6 million in grants and loans for 46 affordable housing projects in communities throughout the state. See the complete list here. These funds will help provide an estimated 2,326 multifamily rental

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Commerce introduces new program to help second-stage businesses grow

Commerce introduces new program to help second-stage businesses grow

  • December 17, 2019

“Thrive!” program offers expertise to help high-growth businesses with up to $25 million in annual revenues expand OLYMPIA, WA – Expanding on the success of its original economic gardening program, the Washington Department of Commerce has developed Thrive!, a new program to help second-stage companies increase revenues and position for growth. Based on the Edward Lowe Foundation’s System for Integrated Growth (SiG) framework, Thrive! connects chief executive officers to subject

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Commerce announces statewide work group on immigrant workforce and employers

Commerce announces statewide work group on immigrant workforce and employers

  • December 16, 2019

Keep Washington Working group to research, develop strategies and recommended approaches to ensure state economy continues to benefit from diverse workforce and immigrant-owned businesses OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a 17-member statewide work group formed in response to the 2019 Keep Washington Working Act addressing statewide policy on supporting Washington’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace. Members include representatives of geographically diverse immigrant

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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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