Commerce awards $9.9 million to preserve 1,179 affordable housing units

Commerce awards $9.9 million to preserve 1,179 affordable housing units

Grants and loans fund work on 23 multifamily rental properties and shelter projects statewide OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $9.9 million in grants and loans from the state’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for 23 housing preservation projects in communities throughout Washington. See the complete list. The funds will preserve 1,179 multifamily rental and shelter units, 790 of which will be occupied by households earning

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Sole Source Notice: Washington Tourism Authority

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) intends to award a sole source contract to Washington Tourism Alliance. The contract will be awarded on or about Oct. 3, 2018, and will expire on June 30, 2019.  The contract amount is $3,906,000. The contract is to plan, develop, and execute a statewide tourism marketing plan focused primarily on rural, tourism-dependent counties, natural wonders, outdoor recreation and assistance for areas adversely impacted by natural

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Request for Proposal: Commerce seeking proposals to provide rent assistance linked to Medicaid

Commerce is soliciting proposals for the Community Behavioral Health Rental Assistance Pilot. Firms interested in expanding the availability of long-term supportive housing rent assistance should apply. Successful bidders will have links with behavioral health agencies to provide supportive services for people with long-term behavioral health needs whose rent will be paid by these subsidies. Commerce will reimburse rent, other housing costs and some administrative costs by contracting with three to

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Due Nov. 16: Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

Due Nov. 16: Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

The energy efficiency and solar grant funds projects which result in energy and operational cost savings at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) public school districts.

Washington state’s economic miracle continues

You may recall that CNBC ranked Washington America’s Top State for Business, Business Insider ranked our economy #1, and we led the nation in state GDP growth the last two years. Now, we’ve been named the best state for workers by Oxfam America. The organization based its findings on wages, worker protections and workers’ rights in all 50 states and the nation’s capital — and only the District of Columbia topped the Evergreen State. The state’s new paid family and

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New study ranks Washington #1 for aerospace manufacturing

High scores for industry, infrastructure and economy pushed Washington to the top of the list in a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on aerospace manufacturing attractiveness internationally and among U.S. states. The paper notes in particular our 1,400+ aerospace companies and the highest concentration of aerospace jobs in America. Next closest competitor states are Texas and Georgia. South Carolina ranks #17. The PwC study is the second major independent effort placing Washington

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“Trade need not be a zero-sum proposition.”

“Trade need not be a zero-sum proposition.”

I had the honor of speaking to several hundred Chinese and local businesses, government officials, investors and entrepreneurs about trade policy issues and our state’s long and strong commitment to international cooperation. The Shenzhen China-USA investment Forum, Aug. 28 in Seattle, showcased strong ties, opportunities in technology and innovation. These were my remarks (as drafted).