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State grants $14 million for energy efficiency and solar projects

Funds will lower energy costs in public buildings and create an estimated 520 jobs OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $14 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help five higher education institutions, 27 local governments, and four state agencies lower their energy costs. An estimated 520 jobs will be created by construction spending on these projects.  The total cost for all the projects is about $53

2013 was a remarkable year for aerospace in Washington, but more work ahead to grow Washington aerospace industry

Updated aerospace industry strategy lays out aggressive goals to continue momentum in 2014-15 OLYMPIA—Significant progress was made in 2013 to protect and expand the aerospace industry in Washington state, according to a report issued today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The progress report comes in conjunction with the Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit currently underway at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at which more than 1,400 aerospace industry executives are gathering. The most

Team Washington Returns to GSMA Mobile World Congress

Department of Commerce organizes 16-company delegation to world’s premier mobile telecom trade show in Barcelona, Spain Washington State’s innovative mobile technology solutions are showing up in force to collaborate and compete on the world stage once again.  Team Washington is returning for a third consecutive year to the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 24 to 27, 2014 with 16 companies in a group pavilion.  This is the preeminent international trade

Washington state sets exports record of $81.9 billion

Washington is nation’s fourth-largest exporting state Revised Feb. 19, 2014 The state of Washington set a new record for exports in 2013 with $81.9 billion in products sold to international customers, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced. Washington was one of 16 states that set new records, helping total U.S. exports reach $2.3 trillion, also a new high. The most recent year was particularly good for Washington – an 8.4 percent

Governor Inslee proclaims Jan. 31 Earned Income Tax Credit Day in Washington

Friday kicks off annual promotion of FREE tax return preparation centers to help thousands of people claim Earned Income Tax Credit payment from IRS REVISED on February 10, 2014 Now is the time to learn how to apply for your share of millions in Earned Income Tax Credit(EITC) dollars available to eligible families and individuals from the Internal Revenue Service. Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Friday, January 31,  “Earned Income Tax Credit Day” to

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

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