Inslee announces grant funding to assist communities with wildfire recovery

Gov. Jay Inslee today directed the Washington State Department of Commerce to make funding available to assist disaster recovery efforts in communities devastated by this season’s wildfires. To help address the urgent need for a wide range of emergency resources for those who lost their homes as well as local governments in need of economic aid, Commerce is making up to $150,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) available, effective…

Washington State receives $747K SBA grant to boost small business exports

State is a top performer with $220 million in sales attributed to State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program since inception The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a fourth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $747,300 grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, is one of the top three state awards…

$2 Million federal grant awarded for Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center

$2 Million federal grant awarded for Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center $1 million Washington State Clean Energy Fund matching grant enables U.S. Commerce grant, combined with $1 million local funding for $4 million total to boost Clallam County project The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration today announced a $2 million grant to the Port of Port Angeles to retrofit a building that will house the industrial and…

New online tool illustrates global reach of Washington state aerospace industry

Leading state for aerospace exports produces 95% of the commercial airplanes built in North America, serves every major manufacturer in the world The impact of Washington state’s nearly $50 billion aerospace industry is evident across the globe. A new interactive map on the Washington State Department of Commerce’s marketing website ChooseWashington.com allows users to explore details of the relationship that America’s largest aerospace exporter state has with the rest of the world.…

Washington State finalizes strategic agreement with Chinese group on carbon-reduction technologies

Commerce Director Bonlender and Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings, Co. Chairman Wu Lebin sign MOU to advance clean technology and low-carbon energy development, including gas-to-methanol projects. Washington State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender today joined Professor Wu Lebin, Chairman of Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings Co., to complete a memorandum of understanding pledging cooperation on project and investment opportunities in the development of clean and low-carbon energy technologies. The signing…

ChooseWashington Pavilion Opens for Business at Paris International Air Show

Aerospace Office Director Pietsch leads 50-member trade delegation seeking new business, investment and partnership opportunities at the industry’s premier trade show Governor Inslee’s Aerospace Office Director Alex Pietsch and Washington Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke today launched the state’s trade mission to the 2015 International Paris Air Show with a ribbon-cutting at the 700-square foot ChooseWashington Pavilion in Le Bourget, June 15-21. The 2015 delegation includes 21 businesses, economic development leaders from around…

Governor Announces 2015 Smart Communities Award Winners

Six cities and one county receive awards for smart growth planning Governor Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2015 Smart Communities Awards. Now in its 10th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington State. “These forward-thinking projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global…

State announces $1.6 million in public infrastructure project investments in Cowlitz, Okanogan, Skamania, and Whatcom counties ​

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $1,672,500 in grants and loans for infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Woodland, Town of Twisp, Port of Douglas County and the City of Lynden. Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Woodland for the Guild Road Industrial Park Master Plan.  A master planning study to complete the master plan design…

Washington State delegation to showcase booming aerospace sector at 2015 Paris Air Show

Washington’s 1,350+ aerospace firms and coveted highly-skilled workforce always draw crowds to ChooseWashington pavilion at aerospace industry’s largest exhibition. The Washington State Department of Commerce hosted a “bootcamp” in Seattle this week to prepare the 47 members of this year’s state delegation for the International Paris Air Show opening next month in Le Bourget, France.  Led by Alex Pietsch, director of the Office of Aerospace, the group includes 12 companies from the state’s massive…

Commerce and Community Sourced Capital launch “Fund Local” campaign

Innovative program aims to bring crowd-sourced, zero-interest small business loans to all 39 counties Seattle, May 6, 2015 – The Washington State Department of Commerce and Community Sourced Capital, a Seattle-based company that helps connect small businesses with affordable capital, today launched Fund Local, a campaign aimed at bringing zero-interest crowd-sourced loans to small businesses in all of Washington’s 39 counties. Fund Local provides an opportunity for established Washington businesses to borrow up…