Commerce announces $400,000 in grants for 17 rural planning projects

Funding supports essential planning to guide future rural community development. The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $400,000 in Community Development Block Grants to 17 rural cities and counties. The grants, ranging from $18,000 to $24,000, will fund crucial plans and feasibility studies for new or improved water and wastewater systems, community centers, food banks, and fire safety facilities across the state. “These grants will help communities collect and evaluate

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Gov. Jay Inslee announces new partnership that will provide aid to Hampton Lumber Mill in Darrington

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that a new partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and United Way of Snohomish County is allowing $300,000 in grant funding to help Hampton Mill in Darrington continue operations while SR 530 is repaired. “We will continue to stand strong with this community through the hard work of recovery and rebuilding. Hampton Mill is the economic heartbeat of Darrington, and the truckers that

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State funds projects to tee up large-scale development opportunities in Spokane and Everett

Advanced Planning Grant Program enabled by 777X incentive legislation The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the award of two grants totaling $750,000 to the City of Spokane and Snohomish County’s Paine Field to advance environmental permitting efforts and help prepare sites for large-scale manufacturing development. Paine Field will receive $400,000 to conduct environmental review for the approximately 840,000-square-foot Aerospace Business Park planned for the west side of the

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2013 was a remarkable year for aerospace in Washington, but more work ahead to grow Washington aerospace industry

Updated aerospace industry strategy lays out aggressive goals to continue momentum in 2014-15 OLYMPIA—Significant progress was made in 2013 to protect and expand the aerospace industry in Washington state, according to a report issued today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The progress report comes in conjunction with the Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit currently underway at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at which more than 1,400 aerospace industry executives are gathering. The most

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Team Washington Returns to GSMA Mobile World Congress

Department of Commerce organizes 16-company delegation to world’s premier mobile telecom trade show in Barcelona, Spain Washington State’s innovative mobile technology solutions are showing up in force to collaborate and compete on the world stage once again.  Team Washington is returning for a third consecutive year to the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 24 to 27, 2014 with 16 companies in a group pavilion.  This is the preeminent international trade

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Washington state sets exports record of $81.9 billion

Washington is nation’s fourth-largest exporting state Revised Feb. 19, 2014 The state of Washington set a new record for exports in 2013 with $81.9 billion in products sold to international customers, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced. Washington was one of 16 states that set new records, helping total U.S. exports reach $2.3 trillion, also a new high. The most recent year was particularly good for Washington – an 8.4 percent

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Commerce paves way for SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to double production in Moses Lake

Plant expansion brings $100 million in private investment, adds advanced manufacturing jobs, and strengthens Washington state’s position as one of the world’s leading locations for cost-effective carbon fiber production OLYMPIA – SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with German luxury automaker BMW, will invest $100 million to add two new production lines at their Moses Lake plant in a project of statewide significance, Commerce Director Brian Bonlender announced today.

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Governor Inslee to join trade mission delegation in Shanghai

Governor Jay Inslee leaves this morning for Shanghai to join a delegation of more than 100 business and education leaders traveling in China. The trade mission is promoting opportunities to grow and expand markets for Washington products and services in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, life sciences and clean tech, as well as education and cultural exchanges. Inslee will arrive in Shanghai for events promoting Washington pears and

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More than 100 education and business leaders arrive in China for Governor Inslee’s trade mission

One of the largest trade delegations in Washington history convened in Beijing today to begin a six-day trade mission intended to strengthen educational and business ties between Washington state and the world’s most rapidly growing economy. Gov. Jay Inslee, who delayed his departure due to a special session and efforts to secure the 777X project, said from Olympia that he’s impressed by both the depth and breadth of interests represented

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Commerce names three new Innovation Partnership Zones to foster economic growth

IPZs connect research, private sector, workforce partners to spur development in target clusters OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today designated three new Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) and reauthorized one other to help spur regional economic growth through key sectors such as manufacturing, global health and technology. “Washington is known worldwide for its innovation, research and development, and bold new ideas,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “The

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