National Development Council, Commerce receive award for Small Business loan program

National Development Council, Commerce receive award for Small Business loan program

National Development Council and Commerce receive award for Washington Small Business FlexFund loan program SEATTLE, Washington — The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has recognized Washington’s Small Business Flex Fund with an industry award for its positive contributions to the state’s economic recovery. Earlier this week at the IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards, the National Development Council (NDC) and the Washington State Department of Commerce shared a Gold Award…

Commerce awards nearly $21 million to operate and maintain permanent housing with services for vulnerable people statewide

Commerce awards nearly $21 million to operate and maintain permanent housing with services for vulnerable people statewide

State grants to 81 organizations will fund over 3,100 units of permanent supportive housing for people with disabling physical and behavioral health conditions OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $20.8 million in new grants to 81 nonprofit organizations providing the state’s most vulnerable people with permanent housing units and services. Funding will be used for operations and maintenance of 3,135 permanent housing units statewide, along…

Commerce awards $2.1 million in grants to help 27 communities plan for climate change

Commerce awards $2.1 million in grants to help 27 communities plan for climate change

Projects will develop vulnerability assessments and identify measures for reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded $2.1 million in growth management planning grants to help King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and multiple cities within each county, plan for local impacts of climate change. Proposals from the 27 communities awarded funding, reveal a wide range of creative approaches…

Commerce awards $1.7 million in planning grants to address housing affordability statewide

Commerce awards $1.7 million in planning grants to address housing affordability statewide

Funding will support housing strategies to increase urban residential building capacity and streamline development regulation in 28 communities across Washington state. OLYMPIA, WA – Decades of underbuilding homes at all income levels has created a supply and demand imbalance playing out today in the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in communities across Washington state. One study suggests the shortage is more than 225,000 units. To help communities address this growing…

Excel Advanced Tip: Fun with Formatting Text, Numbers and Styles

Instead of tweaking individual cells in your data set, make adjustments to a whole table, row or column. Which spreadsheet would you prefer to work with? à           Table 1: Before Formatting Fun                                                                   …

Reports Corner: Data Quality Report

No dataset is perfect, but good data helps improve the good work already being done to help people experiencing homelessness across Washington. Data is important, and there is a report for that. It is the Data Quality Report (DQR). What is the DQR? The DQR reviews data quality for many HMIS data elements and helps us understand how our programs and projects are doing with data quality. For an overview…

Excel Beginner Tip: The Power of Data Filters

The power of data filters is that they can help you find information quickly and increase efficiency. Hours of slowly scrolling a large dataset for a certain piece of information can be replaced by a few clicks. What is a Filter? A filter finds and displays all cell values that match a certain criterion. The data in your spreadsheet can be filtered by text, number or color. How to turn…

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $10 million in nine rural county projects

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests over $10 million in nine rural county projects

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) yesterday approved $8,272,040 million in grants and $1,975,000 in low-interest loans for planning, economic development and rural broadband infrastructure construction projects. Five rural broadband projects were approved for nearly $8 million in funding from the CERB coronavirus capital projects fund, enabling an estimated 3,362 high-speed internet connections once completed. Projects are located in Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Mason, Skagit and…

Commerce awards $11.4 million for vital infrastructure projects in 20 rural communities

Commerce awards $11.4 million for vital infrastructure projects in 20 rural communities

Community Development Block Grants fund wide range of high-priority local projects, including public water, sewer, emergency and fire protection systems, streets, housing, food pantries and more. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced 20 rural cities, towns and counties will receive a total of more than $11.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2021. The 22 projects funded will: improve rural water, sewer, streets,…