Commerce announces $500,000 in grants for 21 rural planning projects

  • February 21, 2013

Essential planning funded to guide future rural community development. Olympia, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grants to 21 rural cities and counties. The grants, ranging from $22,000 to $24,000, will fund crucial development plans for new or improved water and wastewater systems, community centers, growth management plans and feasibility studies across the state. Town of Almira – $24,000 for water system

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Mobile tech innovators join Washington state delegation to 2013 Mobile World Congress

  • February 20, 2013

Companies look to the global market for new business opportunities. OLYMPIA, WA – From gaming and shopping apps to development platforms and analytics, Washington’s leading mobile technology companies head to the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 25-28 for the industry’s largest annual trade show. The 17 companies in the delegation, assembled with the support of the Washington State Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be among

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Housing and Essential Needs services effective at reducing homelessness

  • February 14, 2013

Newly released report reveals increased housing stability and less likelihood of incarceration OLYMPIA, WA – A Housing and Essential Needs report for the Washington State Department of Commerceshows recipients have greater housing stability and are less likely to be incarcerated compared to similar peers who do not receive Housing and Essential Needs services. The Housing and Essential Needs Program provides non-cash rent assistance and other support – such as personal hygiene and bus tokens –

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Washington’s Commerce Department awarded $5.6 million in HUD rent supports for 275 unit of permanent housing for low-income with disabilities

  • February 12, 2013

Part of HUD & HHS initiative to provide permanent, supportive housing to prevent homelessness or institutionalization of the low-income disabled SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) has been awarded $5,580,280 to provide project-based rental assistance to up to 275 units for extremely low income people with disabilities as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services effort

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Thousands entitled to Earned Income Tax Credit payment could miss out

  • January 25, 2013

Free tax help for low- to moderate-income taxpayers available by dialing 2-1-1 or go to Get Free Tax help http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ for the nearest location OLYMPIA, WA – The state is urging you to apply for your share of millions in Earned Income Tax Credit(EITC) money available to eligible families and individuals from the Internal Revenue Service. Today is “Earned Income Tax Credit Day,” helping raise awareness of this federal program. The program goes

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Third annual broadband report shows high-speed internet access improving all over the state

  • January 22, 2013

Washington is now 10th in the nation for access at 3 Mbps and third in broadband adoption OLYMPA, WA – The work of public and private broadband providers is paying off in Washington according to the 2012 Annual Broadband Report released today by the Washington State Broadband Office.  During the last year, more than 500 of the state’s 629 Census-designated communities saw increased access to broadband through wireline and/or wireless providers. “These statistics

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State Board approves funding for City of Tekoa

  • January 17, 2013

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced approval of a $40,000 grant to the City of Tekoa to support a feasibility study for a truck bypass. If built, the bypass would remove truck traffic from Tekoa’s main street and business district improving public safety and business development opportunities. The study will examine the potential to improve public health and safety by reducing seasonal traffic

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