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

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

  • October 29, 2018

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

  • October 25, 2018

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

  • October 25, 2018

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

  • October 15, 2018

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

  • October 12, 2018

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

  • October 11, 2018

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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