Request for Proposals – Green Roof and Rooftop Agrivoltaic Potential Assessment for Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce hereafter called “COMMERCE,” is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from firms interested in participating in a project to explore the potential for “green roofs” in select Washington urban areas. This work will focus on new non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet. Proposals Due: Monday, October 17, 2022 at 5:00 PM, Pacific Time, Olympia, WA RFP NO. 01-52230 Green Roofs 9-15-22…

Assessment of Washington’s Byrne-JAG funded Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force Program

The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) is soliciting applications from consultants to lead a project to allow the agency, policymakers and other partners to better understand the work of the multi-jurisdictional task force (MJTF) program funded by Washington’s federal Byrne-JAG grant program. Commerce is initiating this RFQQ to identify a Contractor to conduct an analysis of the historic and current structure, efforts, outcomes, and funding of the MJTFs, and…

Report: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) would need to buy more than 140,000 houses to achieve parity with white homeownership in Washington state

Report: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) would need to buy more than 140,000 houses to achieve parity with white homeownership in Washington state

Homeownership Disparities Work Group releases findings, strong recommendations for Washington State Legislature, government leaders at all levels OLYMPIA, WA — A new Washington state report highlights the stark reality that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) would need to buy more than 140,000 houses in the state to achieve parity with white homeownership on a percentage basis.  The housing gap is even more significant today than in the 1960s,…

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…

Grant funding to support project-ready industrial sites across Washington

The Industrial Site Readiness grant is designed to enhancing large scale site development by providing funding for various site readiness services, which will boost the state’s portfolio of project-ready sites and attract new investment. Industrial Site Readiness Grant Program Guidelines (PDF) Industrial Site Readiness Grant Online Application General Information and eligibility requirements The Industrial Site Readiness program offers $2.5 million in grant funding and is open to public entities statewide,…

New Faces and Places at OCVA

  • September 21, 2022
  • OCVA

As many of you know, OCVA has welcomed several new staff over the past few months, and we have seen some folks promote into new roles. We are excited to share a few updates. New Faces Name and pronouns: Mikah Semrow, they/them/theirs Current role at OCVA: Section Manager, Sexual Assault Services Previous role or a bit about your background: I’ve worked in many different types of grantee organizations related to sexual assault,…

Commerce invests additional $26.6 million to strengthen affordable housing development

Commerce invests additional $26.6 million to strengthen affordable housing development

As construction costs rise, Housing Trust Fund investments help keep multifamily projects moving forward OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced it would supplement 22 multifamily affordable housing projects with an additional $26.6 million from the state Housing Trust fund. This additional funding will bridge the gap created by steep increases in construction costs and help support developers in maintaining a needed pipeline of affordable housing…

Eviction Rent Assistance Grantee Support Consultant

The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from firms interested in participating in an initiative to strengthen the contracting relationships between Commerce Eviction Rent Assistance program lead grantees and service organizations run by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) with the primary mission of serving BIPOC communities. PROPOSAL DUE: November 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM PST ESTIMATED TIME PERIOD FOR…

Nordic mission Day 4: Maritime innovation takes center stage

Nordic mission Day 4: Maritime innovation takes center stage

Exploring the fascinating future of maritime with our Norwegian partners We were welcomed to Norway with a briefing from the US Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce in Oslo. After being properly equipped with local knowledge, we traveled to Horten, to spend the day with Kongsberg Maritime. The Norwegian-owned company is a strong maritime partner and investor in Washington state, both through Kongsberg Underwater Technology located in Lynnwood, WA and…