State solicits public comment on request to weatherize more homes

  • March 20, 2013

Public hearing set for March 28 in Olympia The Washington State Department of Commerce will conduct a public hearing from 11 a.m. to noon, March 28, 2013, in Olympia to receive comments on its waiver request for additional federal funds to weatherize homes. The hearing will be in the 2nd Floor Conference Room 207 of the Town Square Complex, Building 5, 1011 Plum Street SE, Olympia. Each year, the state receives federal

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Fewer teens use tobacco and alcohol; many need support for depressive feelings

  • March 18, 2013

Healthy Youth Survey explores attitudes and behaviors among 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders Fewer students are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, according to a recent survey of kids in our state. At the same time, a large number of students seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of secondary school students who believe using marijuana is risky dropped to the lowest level since the state started collecting

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Governor Inslee announces $18 million for projects to reduce energy costs, create jobs

  • March 13, 2013

Funds go to higher education institutions and local governments across Washington OLYMPIA, WA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced nearly $18 million in grants to create jobs and to lower energy costs for 12 higher education institutions and 37 local governments. An estimated 543 jobs will be created by this construction spending. The total cost for all the projects is more than $66 million, including more than $48 million in

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Researchers, manufacturers and industry join forces to advance Washington State composites at leading international trade show

  • March 7, 2013

Fourteen delegates join Commerce at JEC Composites show in Paris OLYMPIA, WA  –  A select group from the 100 companies that make up Washington’s $3.3 billion composites industry will join a Washington State Department of Commerce delegation to the JEC Composites trade show in Paris from March 12-14. The still-young composites industry, which has sparked a resurgence of quality manufacturing jobs in the state, provides products, parts and services to a broad range of

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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 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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