Electric Vehicle Council – Transportation Electrification Strategy Development

Commerce is soliciting proposals for a project to develop a statewide transportation electrification strategy on behalf of the Interagency Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (EV Council) to ensure market and infrastructure readiness for all new vehicle sales. In March 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Move Ahead Washington transportation package (ESSB 5974) into law. The legislation created the new EV Council to align the state’s transportation electrification efforts. The EV Council…

New Commerce Report: Time, trust, and technology key to small business success

New Commerce Report: Time, trust, and technology key to small business success

OLYMPIA, WA – Time, trust and technology are key to ensuring small businesses farthest from opportunity in Washington state have the right mix of technical assistance and financial resources to thrive. A groundbreaking report by the Washington State Department of Commerce found that although technical assistance providers do offer the right mix of resources, minority or women business owners and those located in rural areas often do not have access…

2022 Homeownership Application Solicitation

This solicitation round is now open. Applications are due by NOON on Jan.19, 2023. The Department of Commerce is accepting applications for Homeownership projects that plan to seek capital funding in the 2022 competitive funding cycle. Applications may be submitted for down payment assistance, revolving loan fund (RLF) capitalization grants, self-help projects, short-term production loans, and developer subsidies for long-term or permanent affordable resale restricted programs (such as Community Land…

One company’s waste is another’s resource: Innovative projects looking to repurpose industrial waste receive $850K from new state program

One company’s waste is another’s resource: Innovative projects looking to repurpose industrial waste receive $850K from new state program

New Industrial Symbiosis grants support collaborative projects advancing the circular economy OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $850,000 in grants to four projects in support of new and exciting efforts to find beneficial uses for industrial waste. In this first year of the Industrial Symbiosis Program, funded projects range from research and development to on-the-ground implementation. Competitive grants announced today are: Inland Empire Paper Company…

Open Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment and Digital Equity Planning Program

The Department of Commerce, Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) has applied for funding pursuant to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the state Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Planning Grant Program. The WSBO has been designated as the administering entity for both the BEAD and Digital Equity Planning Grants. This office was established to ensure access and adoption for…

Commerce seeking mentors to help prospective cannabis business owners succeed

Commerce seeking mentors to help prospective cannabis business owners succeed

New Social Equity in Cannabis Technical Assistance Mentorship Program designed to help communities historically impacted by high poverty and enforcement of cannabis prohibitions OLYMPIA, WA – In 2020, the Washington State Legislature determined that additional efforts are necessary to reduce barriers to entry to the cannabis industry for individuals and communities most adversely impacted by the enforcement of cannabis-related laws. As a result, the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force…

Washington Public Works Board invites public input on changes to broadband funding program

Washington Public Works Board invites public input on changes to broadband funding program

Stakeholder input from November workshops, December 27 public hearing will help inform rulemaking, set priorities for changes required by 2022 Legislature OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) is seeking public participation to help identify and prioritize issues that stakeholders believe should be addressed in the Board’s broadband funding program as a result of changes made to the program by the 2022 state Legislature. Input from two…

Commerce to host open house at new Kennewick hub office Monday, Oct. 17

Commerce to host open house at new Kennewick hub office Monday, Oct. 17

Kennewick Tri-City location launches “headquarters and hubs” model for increasing agency presence and access in communities across the state OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce will host an open house on Monday, Oct. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m., welcoming the public to its first regional hub office located in the Tri-Cities  Business Center at 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick. The agency is leasing space from…