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U District Partnership and Department of Commerce announce $5 million investment in U District small businesses

We’re pleased to share this announcement from the U District Partnership: Announcement unveiled over 140 small business facade and facility improvements in the U District. Seattle – This morning, The U District Partnership and Washington State Department of Commerce unveiled an unprecedented series of investments in Seattle’s University District. Small businesses up and down University Way NE and across the neighborhood have received a total of $5 million in funding,

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Commerce and City of Seattle to provide $100,000 to assist Wing Luke Museum vandalism recovery

Joint investment from the City of Seattle and State will support repairs to iconic Chinatown International District educational and cultural institution damaged in hate crime OLYMPIA, WA – Today, The Washington State Department of Commerce and the City of Seattle announced $100,000 in funding to assist with repairs at the Wing Luke Museum caused by vandalism earlier this month. The combined support will help address damages to the iconic Chinatown

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Washington continues to lead by example on building performance with new investments to improve energy efficiency in state agency facilities

Over $4 million in grants for repairs and upgrades at state-owned facilities will yield net cost savings and reduced emissions OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced more than $4.1 million in grants through the State Project Improvement (SPI) program, which aims to improve the performance of state-owned facilities and reduce greenhouse emissions from state operations. The program incentivizes purchasing choices that will increase energy efficiency

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Commerce awards $35.4 million for solar power with battery back-up systems to bolster community resilience

Grants will support 52 planning and 39 installation solar projects that will provide back-up power for community buildings to serve emergency and other critical needs statewide. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $35.4 million in grants to local, state, and tribal governments and non-profits to plan and install solar and battery back-up power at community buildings. The projects will provide clean back-up power for critical

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Rural communities to benefit from nearly $5 million in new state Clean Energy Fund investments

Commerce awards $4.76 million to dairy digester bioenergy and other innovative clean energy projects in seven rural communities OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced seven grants totaling $4.76 million from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to enhance dairy digesters and advance clean energy in rural communities. These investments will result in improved air and water quality or soil health, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and

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Commerce applauds creation of White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention

Washington Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention applauds creation of White House Office of Firearm Violence Prevention. OLYMPIA, WA — Washington’s Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention (OFSVP) released statements today following yesterday’s announcement of the first-ever White House Office of Firearm Violence Prevention, led by Vice president Kamala Harris. “We look forward to working with this new federal office to tackle this persistent health and safety threat

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $6.75 million in Benton, Kittitas, Klickitat and Whitman counties

State funds will leverage more than $1 billion in private and local resources expected to create and retain 210 high-wage jobs. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $6.6 million in low-interest loans and $150,000 in grants for economic development and public infrastructure improvements intended to spur business growth and job creation in Benton, Kittitas, Klickitat and Whitman counties. Among the projects awarded funding

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Commerce awards $5.6 million for vital community facility and infrastructure projects in five rural counties

Port Townsend early learning and family support center among high-priority local projects awarded Community Development Block Grants. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that five cities and counties will receive a total of $5.6 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The CDBG program funds a wide range of local projects, including public water, sewer, emergency and fire protection systems, streets, housing, food pantries and more.

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