State awards $50.1 million for affordable housing projects

Funds will support 1,249 units of affordable housing and 120 seasonal farmworker beds for low-income people The Washington State Department of Commerce today awarded $47.5 million in loans and grants from the state Housing Trust Fund and $2.6 million from the federal HOME program for 36 affordable housing projects in 26 counties across the state. These projects will provide a total of 1,249 units of affordable housing for low-income people,…

State awards $5.5 million to increase number of short-term psychiatric care beds

The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $5.539 million in grants to seven health care providers to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric detention services. The state’s investment is supported with another $93.3 million from other funding sources. The grant recipients are: Jefferson County Public Hospital District No.2 – Port Townsend, $1.509 million Providence Mount Carmel Hospital – Colville, $2.0 million Rainier Springs, LLC – Vancouver, $5,000 Spokane Springs, LLC…

State Board announces grants for economic development feasibility studies in Adams, Asotin, Clark, Cowlitz, and Whitman counties.

Proposed projects could support food and beverage manufacturing, a business incubator, waterfront redevelopment, a business park and new public infrastructure. OLYMPIA, WA –The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $246,113 in public investments for economic development feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in Adams County, Port of Clarkston, Port of Vancouver, Port of Kalama, and the city of Palouse. Adams County – $50,000 grant to Adams County for…

Washington State Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Month

100+ activities across the state synchronize with Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16-22 Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit will be showcased during the month of November in cities and counties throughout the state. Held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration of entrepreneurship, more than 100 activities are planned statewide to inspire, encourage and support new business startups. “Startups – ranging from pizza houses to small manufacturers to labs searching for…

Gov. Inslee Proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Washington State

New “Weatherization Plus Health” adds assistance for families with asthma Governor Inslee joins community action agencies, housing authorities and local governments across the state and nation in recognizing October 30, 2015 as Weatherization Day in Washington. Washington’s Weatherization Assistance Program helps many households make it through the cold weather season – and the years ahead – by adding insulation, sealing cracks, and making other improvements that reduce heat loss and save…

Achievement awards mark Growth Management Act (GMA) 25th Anniversary

16 cities, four counties, and one regional planning council recognized for outstanding examples of planning under the GMA and implementing those plans. Governor Jay Inslee today announced the “Lifetime of GMA” Achievement Awards.  These awards mark the 25th anniversary of Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) on Nov. 13 and recognize some of the inspiring efforts by communities throughout the state to envision and plan for their future. The honorees were…

Commerce names Joshua Berger to lead maritime sector economic development

Joshua Berger will serve as economic development director for the state’s maritime industry sector, Washington State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender announced today. Berger leaves his position as Coordinator of the Washington Maritime Federation to start work at Commerce mid-November. In addition to deep experience in business and economic development, Berger has an extensive and successful record of leadership in positions including: Maritime Sector Business Development Manager for the…

Issaquah Sports Medicine, Thurston Craft Brewing and Distilling are state’s newest Innovation Partnership Zones

IPZs connect research, private sector and workforce partners to spur economic development in target growth sectors. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today designated two new Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) and reauthorized nine others to help spur regional economic growth in key industry sectors. The City of Issaquah Sports Medicine IPZ and Thurston County Craft Brewing and Distilling IPZ join the list of 14 zones active throughout the state. “Washington State’s…

Kim Justice named Director of state Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection

2015 Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act established new office to enhance statewide focus on data, strategies and coordination of efforts to meet needs of homeless youth Kim Justice has been named director of the newly established Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs at the Department of Commerce. Justice’s first day with the Department will be November 1. “The Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs will…

State Board announces public investments for economic development feasibility studies in Chelan and Mason counties ​

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $100,000 in public investments for economic development feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the City of Wenatchee and the Mason County PUD 3. Chelan County – $50,000 grant to the City of Wenatchee for the North Wenatchee Redevelopment Master Plan.  A master development plan for the Wenatchee Waterfront and North Wenatchee Avenue.  CERB funds are matched by…