Governor’s “Smart Communities” Awards nominations now open

Governor’s “Smart Communities” Awards nominations now open

  • June 29, 2021

Annual awards recognize outstanding work in community planning and development Olympia, WA —  The Washington State Department of Commerce today called for nominations for the 15th annual Governor’s Smart Communities Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding work by local governments and their partners on long-term community planning and development. Award winners offer fascinating glimpses into the values and long-term priorities of each community through their plans for how they want to

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As reopening nears, state launches SmartWA dashboard to help small businesses reopen safely

As reopening nears, state launches SmartWA dashboard to help small businesses reopen safely

  • June 23, 2021

The SmartWA dashboard and decision tool is one of several Safe Start projects aimed at supporting small businesses through COVID-19 OLYMPIA, Wash. — As Washington state businesses prepare for full reopening on June 30, many are looking for ways to reassure customers and clients that health and safety remains a top priority. To help small business owners identify the safety protocols most likely to be important to customers, the Washington

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$2.2 million awarded to 31 Washington state Veteran Service Organizations

$2.2 million awarded to 31 Washington state Veteran Service Organizations

  • June 22, 2021

Nonprofit Community Recovery grants assist organizations that provide gathering places and services to veterans and their families throughout the state. OLYMPIA, Wash. –The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) have awarded $2.2 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery Grants to assist nonprofit Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) as they continue supporting veterans during the pandemic.  VSOs provide vital services in communities throughout the state for

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Commerce and ArtsFund award nearly $11 million in pandemic relief to Washington nonprofits

Commerce and ArtsFund award nearly $11 million in pandemic relief to Washington nonprofits

  • June 22, 2021

Over 700 organizations in 34 counties receive grants to assist recovery from impacts of COVID-19 SEATTLE, WA. – ArtsFund, in partnership with The Washington State Department of Commerce, will begin distributing $10.78 million in recovery grants to 702 nonprofits in 34 counties throughout the state this week. The Nonprofit Community Relief (NCR) grant program announced on May 3, 2021 was designed to provide critical funding to nonprofit arts, cultural, science,

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Three new sessions of ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition free business trainings scheduled

Three new sessions of ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition free business trainings scheduled

  • June 21, 2021

More than 350 growth-oriented small businesses helped during pandemic OLYMPIA, WA – “ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition,” an education and training partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new eight-week course tracks for small businesses interested in achieving exponential growth as the economy reopens. Each interactive course is two hours long and held once a week for eight weeks. The ideal participant

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Commerce awards $388,000 to help convert Larch Corrections Center from oil to renewable wood energy

Commerce awards $388,000 to help convert Larch Corrections Center from oil to renewable wood energy

  • May 24, 2021

Clean Energy Fund grant program supports conversion of old oil and propane furnaces and boilers in public facilities to renewable wood biomass fuel.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a $388,000 award to the Washington State Department of Corrections through the Wood Energy for Public Facilities program, part of Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF). It’s the first CEF project aimed at converting a state

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Commerce awards $4 million to make community buildings more energy efficient

Commerce awards $4 million to make community buildings more energy efficient

  • May 20, 2021

Projects save taxpayer dollars by retrofitting schools, hospitals and municipal facilities and upgrading heating, cooling and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $4 million in grants to state and local government agencies for 17 energy efficiency projects that will deliver a projected reduction of more than 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually – enough to power about 480

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Nonprofit Community Relief grant program open for eligible Washington state veteran service organizations

Nonprofit Community Relief grant program open for eligible Washington state veteran service organizations

  • May 19, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to administer $1.25 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant funding to nonprofit veteran service organizations (VSOs). The grant focuses on statewide VSOs with networks of local chapters. Additional information and application forms are available at dva.wa.gov/ncrgrant. All applications received by 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2021 will be considered. “As we look

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State leaders urge drivers to plan ahead when it comes to fueling up as surge in road travel expected throughout the travel season

State leaders urge drivers to plan ahead when it comes to fueling up as surge in road travel expected throughout the travel season

  • May 18, 2021

Smartphone apps can help drivers locate open gas stations as ongoing shortage of fuel truck drivers may cause lag in deliveries Memorial Day is approaching, bringing with it the unofficial launch of the spring and summer travel season. While air travel is steadily increasing, a larger-than-average number of travelers are expected to travel by car due to the pandemic. State leaders are encouraging travelers to plan ahead as the increased

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Commerce awards $234 million in fourth round of Working WA small business grants

Commerce awards $234 million in fourth round of Working WA small business grants

  • May 13, 2021

Over 20% of the 11,697 grantees say they will use funds to reopen OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded an additional $234 million in Working Washington relief and recovery grants to 11,697 small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Of those receiving grants, over 20% indicated that they will use the money to assist them in reopening, while the remaining said they will cover operating expenses.

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