ABLE savings plan changes lives for people with disabilities

ABLE savings plan changes lives for people with disabilities

  • February 5, 2019

State launches campaign to raise awareness among 130,000-180,000 Washington citizens who may be eligible for the first-time savings program OLYMPIA, WA —Emma Patterson has her sights on a promising future. “When I am an adult, I want to teach art in the Child Life program at Seattle Children’s Hospital,” said the 16-year-old from Lake Stevens. “I will need to go to college and have an apartment in Seattle to do

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Commerce awards five-year contract to Washington Tourism Alliance

Commerce awards five-year contract to Washington Tourism Alliance

  • January 31, 2019

The Washington Tourism Alliance issued this press release on Jan. 31. Commerce announced today that the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) has been awarded a five-year contract to provide tourism marketing services for the Washington state, effective immediately. The WTA, a private, 501[c]6 organization led by the state tourism industry, will assume the role of official statewide destination marketing organization with the goal of enhancing economic prosperity through visitor volume, expenditures,

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

  • January 23, 2019

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low- to moderate-incomes. OLYMPIA, WA — Workers in Washington earning up to $54,884 may be eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but many do know about or claim the benefit, according to the state Department of Commerce. Individuals must file a tax return with the IRS to get the credit, even if

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Tool Gauge taps state Work Start grant to keep pace with expansion

Tool Gauge taps state Work Start grant to keep pace with expansion

  • January 22, 2019

Commerce awards $125,000 through the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County to support workforce development programs that will help enable the company’s expansion and plans to hire 100 more workers over the next five years. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and nonprofit small business manufacturing consultant Impact Washington, has awarded $125,000 from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve

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Commerce policy advisor speaks on housing needs in Shelton

Commerce policy advisor speaks on housing needs in Shelton

  • January 11, 2019

Housing availability, housing affordability and the missing middle were the main topics of discussion at the Workforce Housing Summit on Jan. 3 in Mason County. “There is a portion of the housing inventory that is not being built in the middle continuum that is affordable to folks who are making 80 to 125 percent of the average income levels,” said Emily Grossman, lead policy advisor for the Community Services and

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Washington Maritime Blue launches ambitious plan for economic growth, jobs, ocean health

Washington Maritime Blue launches ambitious plan for economic growth, jobs, ocean health

  • January 8, 2019

Washington state’s diverse maritime sector establishes cluster organization, rallies around collaborative strategy to achieve decarbonization, global innovation hub, 21st Century workforce, growing working waterfronts. SEATTLE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today joined his Maritime Innovation Advisory Council and a host of leading voices for the roll out of Washington Maritime Blue, a comprehensive plan setting the course for taking the industry to the highest level of global clean maritime leadership.

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Washington Department of Commerce awards $22.8 million for affordable housing projects.

Washington Department of Commerce awards $22.8 million for affordable housing projects.

  • December 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $22.8 million in grants and loans for nine affordable housing projects in communities throughout the state. See the complete list here. These funds will help provide an estimated 301 multi-family rental units/beds, and 80 seasonal farmworker beds. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, and federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs. “Our state Housing Trust Fund

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Gov. Inslee’s budget makes significant investments in state workforce

Gov. Inslee’s budget makes significant investments in state workforce

  • December 13, 2018

OLYMPIA – Investments in workforce training programs are a significant part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget. Under his plan, more students will be able to enroll in programs, training facilities at community colleges will be upgraded, and the Career Connect Washington Plan will create expanded learning opportunities for K-12 students. “The Choose Washington New Market Airplane Council strongly supports workforce investments that will benefit all Washington state industries, especially

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Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

  • December 13, 2018

Bonlender’s tenure includes rebuilding state’s economic development apparatus, launching new ways to fight homelessness, establishing new capital programs in energy, mental health and early learning. Olympia, WA – Brian Bonlender today announced his planned departure as director of the Washington Department of Commerce. He has been in the position since Feb. 1, 2013, and his last day with Commerce will be Jan. 15, 2019. Bonlender, 48, said that while the

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