State to help redevelop historic brewery site in Tumwater

Community Economic Revitalization Board grant awarded to the city The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced a $50,000 grant award to the City of Tumwater in partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council for planning efforts aimed at redeveloping the historic former Olympia Brewery site. Since 1982, CERB has committed more than $168 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 34,000 jobs. “This project…

Fourth annual state broadband report shows high-speed internet access improving all over Washington

Washington is now 4th in the nation for access at 100 Mbps and third in broadband adoption OLYMPA, WA – The work of public and private broadband providers is paying off in Washington according to the 2013 Annual Broadband Report released today by the Washington State Broadband Office.  During the last year, more than 450 of the state’s 629 Census-designated communities saw increased access to broadband through wireline and/or wireless providers. For many…

Rep. DelBene and State Senator Pearson announce $1 million State Grant to Build New Concrete Public Safety Building

After a team effort by DelBene, Pearson and local city officials, Concrete receives $1 million grant from Washington State Department of Commerce to complete funding for a new public safety building CONCRETE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, State Senator Kirk Pearson, Washington State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender and Concrete Mayor Jason Miller announced today that the City of Concrete has been awarded $1 million towards construction of a new public safety…

State awards nearly $5 million to increase number of short-term psychiatric care beds

Funds go to health care providers in Monroe, Tacoma, Sunnyside and Olympia The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $4.84 million in grants to four health care providers to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric detention services. The state’s investment is supported with approximately $3 million more from other funding sources. The grant recipients are: • Fairfax Behavioral Health – Monroe, $880,000 • Making a Difference in Community – Tacoma, $1.32 million…

Pasco Port Official appointed to Community Economic Revitalization Board

Commerce Director Brian Bonlender appoints Randy Hayden to serve a three-year term OLYMPIA, WA – Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender today announced the appointment of Randy Hayden to the port representative position on the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).  Hayden currently serves as the deputy executive director at the Port of Pasco. CERB is a 20-member state board focused on economic development and job growth through public infrastructure investments in partnership…

State awards $35 million for affordable housing projects

Funds will support nearly 500 units of affordable housing, and more than 375 beds for low-income people in need OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today awarded $35.1 million in loans and grants from the Housing Trust Fund for 21 affordable housing projects in 23 counties across the state. Projects funded will provide a total of 499 units of affordable housing for low-income households, as well as 312 beds…

Commerce names leads for Tech, Life Sciences and Military Industry Sectors

Office of Economic Development and Competiveness continues to build industry leadership team. Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender recently named Kristiné Reeves, Maura Little and Will Saunders to the sector lead team in the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness.  All told, the three target industries they will focus on represent more than $35 billion in payroll for residents of Washington State: Information and Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Military and Defense. “Our sector-based economic…

Commerce paves way for SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to double production in Moses Lake

Plant expansion brings $100 million in private investment, adds advanced manufacturing jobs, and strengthens Washington state’s position as one of the world’s leading locations for cost-effective carbon fiber production OLYMPIA – SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with German luxury automaker BMW, will invest $100 million to add two new production lines at their Moses Lake plant in a project of statewide significance, Commerce Director Brian Bonlender announced today.…

Governor Inslee to join trade mission delegation in Shanghai

Governor Jay Inslee leaves this morning for Shanghai to join a delegation of more than 100 business and education leaders traveling in China. The trade mission is promoting opportunities to grow and expand markets for Washington products and services in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, life sciences and clean tech, as well as education and cultural exchanges. Inslee will arrive in Shanghai for events promoting Washington pears and…

More than 100 education and business leaders arrive in China for Governor Inslee’s trade mission

One of the largest trade delegations in Washington history convened in Beijing today to begin a six-day trade mission intended to strengthen educational and business ties between Washington state and the world’s most rapidly growing economy. Gov. Jay Inslee, who delayed his departure due to a special session and efforts to secure the 777X project, said from Olympia that he’s impressed by both the depth and breadth of interests represented…