State’s Regulatory Roadmap Named Semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition

State’s Regulatory Roadmap Named Semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Regulatory Roadmap initiative as part of the 100 programs named as semifinalists in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition.

News Release: State program to help reimburse landlords for property damage

News Release: State program to help reimburse landlords for property damage

Department of Commerce launches “landlord mitigation” program, offering up to $5,000 for landlords serving tenants who use HUD housing vouchers OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce today announced a new program designed to provide relief to landlords whose property has been damaged by a tenant who used a federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing choice voucher, also known as a “Section 8” voucher, or a Veterans Affairs supportive

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News Release: Gov. Inslee proclaims Oct. 30 Weatherization Day in Washington State

News Release: Gov. Inslee proclaims Oct. 30 Weatherization Day in Washington State

Celebrating 40 Years of weatherization and a new initiative to combat indoor asthma triggers OLYMPIA, WA – Gov. Jay Inslee joins community action agencies, housing authorities and local governments across the state and nation in recognizing Oct. 30, 2016 as Weatherization Day in Washington. This year marked the 40th year nationally, and the 37th year locally, of the federal/state energy-saving service for low-income households around Washington. “The Weatherization Assistance Program

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NEWS RELEASE: State awards $1 million to increase housing stability for homeless families

NEWS RELEASE: State awards $1 million to increase housing stability for homeless families

New program recognizes housing stability is key to student success OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce has awarded $1 million under the state’s Homeless Student Stability Act to expand programs in school districts that will help identify and rapidly connect homeless students and their families with housing services and agencies in their community. The number of homeless school children in Washington State has increased by 82 percent in the

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NEWS RELEASE: Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.3 million to grow local economies

NEWS RELEASE: Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.3 million to grow local economies

Funds will support economic development in Clark, Cowlitz, Douglas and Whitman counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $2,353,500 for public infrastructure development and economic feasibilities studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Camas-Washougal, Port of Ridgefield, city of Woodland, Port of Douglas County, and city of Colfax. Clark County – $1,700,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to the

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NEWS RELEASE: $10 million in federal development grants awarded to 22 rural Washington communities

NEWS RELEASE: $10 million in federal development grants awarded to 22 rural Washington communities

Grants from $20,000 to $750,000 will fund vital local projects throughout the state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 22 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2016. The 22 projects were selected from 28 grant applications requesting over $14 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and fire protection systems; support affordable

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New tools make it easier to open a restaurant in Spokane and Spokane Valley

Online guides compile state and local regulations in one location SPOKANE, WA – State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins joined local restauranteurs, economic development officials and other partners to launch a new regional initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restauranteurs. Washington restaurants employ more than 215,000 people statewide with 15,000 jobs in Spokane County. State and

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