Commerce awards $5.6 million to increase number of early learning facilities

Commerce awards $5.6 million to increase number of early learning facilities

Expanding opportunities for low-income children leads to better health, success in school, lifetime resilience OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded over $5.6 million to 17 state-licensed early learning providers across the state. The grants will help address a severe shortage of early learning facilities across the state and increase opportunities for low-income children. Grants were awarded through a competitive process led by Commerce and the

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Gov. Inslee proclaims Oct. 30 Weatherization Day in Washington

Gov. Inslee proclaims Oct. 30 Weatherization Day in Washington

Low-income households benefit from new innovations to maintain healthy, energy efficient, affordable homes OLYMPIA, WA – Gov. Jay Inslee joins community action agencies, housing authorities and local governments across the state and nation in recognizing Oct. 30, 2018 as Weatherization Day. The annual proclamation kicks off a month-long effort to raise awareness of programs and services that help low-income households save money on heating bills through energy efficiency and other

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State to host two community workshops on civilian-military compatible land use planning on Whidbey Island in Coupeville Nov. 13, Oak Harbor Nov. 14

State to host two community workshops on civilian-military compatible land use planning on Whidbey Island in Coupeville Nov. 13, Oak Harbor Nov. 14

Department of Commerce seeking input to develop guidebook that will help communities plan for growth, development around military installations. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. The next of eight community workshops to capture opinions and comments for the guidebook project

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State to host community workshop on civilian-military compatible land use planning Nov. 1 in Everett

State to host community workshop on civilian-military compatible land use planning Nov. 1 in Everett

Department of Commerce seeking input to develop guidebook that will help communities plan for growth, development around military installations OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. The next of seven community workshops to capture opinions and comments for the project is Thursday,

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Commerce to Host Virtual Listening Session on Opportunity Zones Tuesday, Oct. 23

Commerce to Host Virtual Listening Session on Opportunity Zones Tuesday, Oct. 23

The Washington State Department of Commerce, together with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and local partners, held Opportunity Zone Listening Sessions throughout Washington state in August, September and October to help educate communities about this new federal program. Because we weren’t able to host sessions in every community, Commerce is holding a virtual listening session online on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. Space is limited, so please register now.

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Public Works Board approves $3.5 million in loans for communities in need

Public Works Board approves $3.5 million in loans for communities in need

Seven communities to receive funding for public infrastructure projects OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board awarded seven cities, counties and water districts approximately $3,504,774 in pre-construction and emergency loans for 2018. The board selected seven out of eight projects from applications requesting over $4.5 million. The purpose of a pre-construction loan is to pay for the work required before constructions begins. These projects will improve water, sanitary

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State to host community workshop on civilian-military compatible land use planning Oct. 22 in Ellensburg

State to host community workshop on civilian-military compatible land use planning Oct. 22 in Ellensburg

Department of Commerce seeking input to develop guidebook that will help communities plan for growth, development around military installations OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. The first of several community workshops to capture opinions and comments for the project is Monday,

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Commerce received 17 Stage 2 applications for the State Housing Trust Fund

Commerce received 17 Stage 2 applications for the State Housing Trust Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has received 17 Stage 2 applications to the Washington State Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for affordable housing projects across the state.The proposed projects intend to serve a wide variety of low-income and special needs populations, including persons with chronic mental illnesses, persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors, homeless families with children and farm workers. The list of Stage 2 applications received can be viewed by

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Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection to receive YWCA of Olympia’s 2018 Business of Achievement Award

Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection to receive YWCA of Olympia’s 2018 Business of Achievement Award

Our Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection (OHY) is pleased to receive YWCA of Olympia’s 2018 Business of Achievement award. We are committed to learning by listening to youths. In making the decision for this award, YWCA noted that OHY: …is committed to raising awareness and supports to end youth and young adult homelessness. The office does not attempt to estimate or guess what youth and young adults need

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