Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots launch statewide push for universal public access broadband

Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots launch statewide push for universal public access broadband

  • May 7, 2020

Public-private partnerships seek to bridge the “digital divide” by providing free broadband access to all Washingtonians through community drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Broadband Office estimates over 300 new drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots are coming online statewide through an initiative to bring free public broadband internet access to all residents. Partners in the state’s drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots project include: Washington State University; Washington State Library, part of

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Commerce awards $75,000 to address housing affordability in three rural communities

Commerce awards $75,000 to address housing affordability in three rural communities

  • May 4, 2020

Othello, Stevenson and Cowlitz County will use grant funds to develop housing action plans and adopt municipal code changes to make it easier for rural residents to find housing they can afford.   OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded growth management grants of $25,000 each to Othello, Stevenson and Cowlitz County to help the communities address housing affordability. “These grants support and strengthen communities in their

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Commerce offers new ScaleUp program to help small businesses find success in COVID-19 economy

Commerce offers new ScaleUp program to help small businesses find success in COVID-19 economy

  • April 29, 2020

100 slots in free online training series open for registration tomorrow at 10 a.m. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has partnered with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to offer a new version of the EDC’s highly successful ScaleUp program aimed at helping small business owners move forward through the COVID-19 crisis. “ScaleUp provides actionable ideas to help small business owners right now to weather the

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Commerce provides $9 million in rent and energy assistance to serve estimated 5,000 low-income households   

Commerce provides $9 million in rent and energy assistance to serve estimated 5,000 low-income households  

  • April 28, 2020

Washington state residents currently participating in the federal Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may apply for special crisis benefits OLYMPIA, WA — The Department of Commerce last week provided up to $1,000 in rental assistance and up to $500 in energy assistance for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The crisis funding will be distributed through Commerce’s statewide network of community action

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Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

  • April 23, 2020

$10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. New funds are from the state’s $200 million emergency response fund approved by the Legislature in March. The program launched April

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Commerce announces Small Business Resiliency Assistance program focused on disadvantaged communities

Commerce announces Small Business Resiliency Assistance program focused on disadvantaged communities

  • April 13, 2020

State collaboration with ethnic commissions to provide locally based, culturally connected business coaching and translation services for small businesses OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced a new partnership with organizations that serve cultural and historically disadvantaged businesses and communities across the state. The Small Business Resiliency Assistance program will provide technical assistance to small business owners affected by the COVID pandemic. Find the list of participating

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Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes

Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes

  • April 9, 2020

STORY UPDATED May 21, 2020: Additional $5 million in grants approved today, bringing total state emergency assistance to tribes to $10 million. For more information, visit this page. Tribal communities across the state will have access to funding to help address increased demand and costs associated with COVID-19 response. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $5 million in emergency grants is now available to the 29

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Counties look for community heroes to house the vulnerable

Counties look for community heroes to house the vulnerable

  • April 1, 2020

$30 million grant allows counties to work with hotels to provide emergency housing during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy order OLYMPIA, WA – Hotel owners across Washington may have an opportunity to help their communities and fill empty rooms, thanks to a $30-million state emergency housing grant from the state Department of Commerce. The funds are available to local governments and non-profit organizations in communities – not directly to the

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Commerce awards $15.1 million to preserve nearly 1,000 affordable housing units

Commerce awards $15.1 million to preserve nearly 1,000 affordable housing units

  • March 31, 2020

Grants and loans from state Housing Trust Fund enable work on 32 multifamily rental properties OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $15.1 million in grants and loans from the state’s Housing Trust Fund for 32 housing preservation projects in communities throughout Washington. See the complete list. The funds will preserve 934 multifamily rental units, 432 of which will be occupied by extremely low-income households earning

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