Commerce schedules two stakeholder workshops on implementation of Washington’s 100% clean electricity law

Commerce schedules two stakeholder workshops on implementation of Washington’s 100% clean electricity law

  • July 8, 2019

The Washington Department of Commerce will hold two public workshops to discuss implementation of Washington’s new 100% clean electricity law, known as the Clean Energy Transformation Act. Input from these workshops will help the agency set priorities for rulemaking work over the next two years. The Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), or Senate Bill 5116, establishes new planning requirements for electric utilities and sets specific standards to reduce and eventually

Read More

Commerce announces notice of funding opportunity for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction projects

Commerce announces notice of funding opportunity for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction projects

  • July 8, 2019

The GHG Emissions Reduction Program is a grant program supported through Commerce’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF3) OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is seeking proposals for the new Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Program. The Washington State Legislature created the GHG Reduction grant program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect or create aluminum manufacturing jobs in Whatcom County. GHG program-funded projects must provide a public benefit

Read More

Learn more about what we’ve heard through public engagement on the Interbay planning process

Learn more about what we’ve heard through public engagement on the Interbay planning process

  • July 1, 2019

Would you like to learn more about what Commerce has been hearing through public engagement as part of our planning process? We’ve posted a comprehensive public engagement report on the Interbay Project website.  Also posted are the public presentations from the last advisory committee meeting as well as all the public comment we have received to date for you to review.  We will be updating this material periodically. We would also

Read More

Final results for 2019 Point-in-Time count of homeless in Washington show net decrease

Final results for 2019 Point-in-Time count of homeless in Washington show net decrease

  • June 24, 2019

Data compiled by Commerce from county reports shows 3.1% decline in total number of people experiencing homelessness statewide, while half of counties posted increases. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce posted final statewide results of the 2019 Point-in-Time count, an annual one-night snapshot of people experiencing homelessness. Sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the count attempts to provide a consistent set of

Read More

Networking with Niedersachsen plus LaunchPad audience hears why Washington is #1

Networking with Niedersachsen plus LaunchPad audience hears why Washington is #1

  • June 19, 2019

DAY 3: The mighty Choose Washington delegation marches on at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Highlights from our state’s largest delegation ever to the world’s largest aerospace event included a great networking event with companies from Germany’s Niedersachsen region. This area in Lower Saxony is another of the world’s top aerospace and tech clusters. The meetings today offered some exciting conversations and potential new partnerships. The relationship between Washington state

Read More

Dr. Joseph Williams to join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Joseph Williams to join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • June 19, 2019

Industry accomplishments during Williams’ tenure include doubling the number of slots for computer science degrees at state colleges and growth of tech apprenticeships for women, minorities, veterans.  OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that on June 23 Dr. Joseph Williams will leave his information and communications technology (ICT) sector lead position to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as director

Read More

Northern Ireland aerospace cluster packs the Choose Washington House for partnership event

Northern Ireland aerospace cluster packs the Choose Washington House for partnership event

  • June 18, 2019

DAY 2: Activities at the 2019 International Paris Air Show are in full swing, highlighted by a standing-room-only partnership event at the Choose Washington booth and punctuated again by numerous productive procurement meetings between Washington companies in our delegation and potential global business partners. Representatives of companies from one of Europe’s largest aerospace clusters in Northern Ireland packed the meeting room for a networking and pitch event with members of

Read More

Spokane’s Dave Andersen promoted to lead growth management services at Commerce

Spokane’s Dave Andersen promoted to lead growth management services at Commerce

  • June 18, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce has appointed Dave Andersen to lead the agency’s Growth Management Services unit. As managing director, he will oversee 18 team members working with local governments throughout the state. This marks the first time senior leadership for growth management has been based in eastern Washington. Previously stationed in Olympia, Andersen assumed the role of eastern regional manager in Spokane when Commerce expanded

Read More

Washington delegation soaring at Paris Air Show 2019

Washington delegation soaring at Paris Air Show 2019

  • June 17, 2019

DAY 1: Washington state’s largest delegation ever to the International Paris Air Show completed a whirlwind opening day at the world’s largest gathering of the aerospace industry held every other year in Le Bourget, France. U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, Lt Governor Cyrus Habib and Dr. Lisa Brown presided over the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the Choose Washington booth this morning in the USA Partnership Pavilion, Hall 3, A82. As always, the

Read More

Housing Trust Fund program soliciting applications for affordable housing projects

Housing Trust Fund program soliciting applications for affordable housing projects

  • June 17, 2019

The Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit announces Stage 2 Applications for new affordable housing projects seeking capital funding are now being solicited. The 2019 Stage 2 Funding Round is intended primarily for applicants seeking to build new affordable housing units or to acquire existing housing to be converted to affordable housing. Applications will be considered for: Multifamily rental and homeownership projects seeking capital financing from the Washington State Housing

Read More