Washington reels in federal grant to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, investment in sustainable maritime economy

Washington reels in federal grant to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, investment in sustainable maritime economy

  • September 17, 2020

Washington Maritime Blue receives $600K Industry Challenge Grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration; state partners will match to create $1.2 million investment in state’s blue economy SEATTLE, WA – Washington Maritime Blue, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate innovation and sustainability in the maritime and ocean industries, has been awarded a $600,000 “Build to Scale” Industry Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in cooperation with the

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State effort to expand rural broadband gets boost from Better Health Together

State effort to expand rural broadband gets boost from Better Health Together

  • September 17, 2020

BHT grant supports Washington Broadband Office efforts to secure competitive federal funding for broadband projects in eastern Washington OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Broadband Office is celebrating a partnership with Spokane-based nonprofit Better Health Together (BHT) that will provide up to $207,000 to fund development of 18 broadband grant applications for projects in eastern Washington: two projects in each of Spokane, Adams, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties,

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Commerce awards $1.36 million in community child care partnership grants

Commerce awards $1.36 million in community child care partnership grants

  • September 10, 2020

State collaboration with Safe Start Fund provides 16 grants to nonprofits, local governments and educational service districts to develop community-based plans for expanding child care capacity OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $1,368,000 in grants to 16 organizations to fund collaborative efforts to expand child care capacity in 14 communities throughout the state. Grantees will receive 50% of the award from state general funds administered

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Commerce welcomes new communications director 

Commerce welcomes new communications director 

  • September 9, 2020

Jaime Smith has nearly 20 years of communications, outreach and policy experience. OLYMPIA, WA – Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced Jaime Smith will join the Commerce team ahead of Communications Director Barbara Dunn’s impending retirement. “I’m excited to welcome Jaime to the agency!” Director Lisa Brown said. “Her policy, outreach and communication skills as well as her state government knowledge and connections are a tremendous asset

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Study reveals depth of child care crisis of affordability, access in Washington state

Study reveals depth of child care crisis of affordability, access in Washington state

  • August 25, 2020

New report by the Child Care Collaborative Task Force shows half a million children without access to licensed child care, need for ‘dramatic investment’ to support economic recovery   OLYMPIA, WA – Before the pandemic, over half a million children in Washington did not have access to licensed child care, and nearly one in five parents surveyed turned down a job offer or promotion due to child care issues, according

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