New Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone is highlight of Peninsula Tour

New Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone is highlight of Peninsula Tour

Gov. Inslee recently toured the Olympic Peninsula, helping launch the new Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone (#ECOZ). According to Joshua Berger, the governor’s Director of Economic Development for the Maritime Industry, “The Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone represents a powerful public-private collaboration forged to bring new investment to the Olympic Peninsula. The Governor’s visit is especially important in that his Washington Maritime BLUE initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort to promote innovation and

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Washington state ranks ‘most competitive’ by wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Washington state ranks ‘most competitive’ by wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Independent researchers looked at 41 metrics in every state and D.C. and found Washington’s dense aerospace “supercluster” unmatched. Gov. Inslee, flanked by officials including King County Executive Dow Constantine, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, leaders of IAM and SPEEA, and the Choose Washington New Middle-of-the-Market Airplane (NMA) Council unveiled the Teal Group report at a press conference in the Aviation Maintenance Technology center at South Seattle College. Lead analyst Richard Aboulafia

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The Use of Electricity and Biofuels to Fuel Local Government Vehicles

Commerce likes to take a collaborative approach to strengthening communities. The new rule regarding alternative fuel types in government vehicles is one such example, where we don’t have the authority or resources to enforce the rule. Using outreach and education, we’re asking local governments to self-report their vehicle purchases according to RCW 43.19.648. The law, amended in 2013, requires local governments to fuel publicly owned vehicles, vessels and construction equipment

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Visit to a Project at John Day Pool

Staff at the office, along with folks from Ecology, visited the Klickitat County PUD1 site for a closed-loop pump storage hydropower project at the John Day pool. This is being funded in part by the Clean Energy Fund through appropriations by the 2018 legislature. A closed loop system consists of two reservoirs at different elevations, and apart from a free flowing water source, such as a river. They have fewer

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US Department of Energy Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer awards have been announced for 2018 Phase 1, Release 2. Congratulations to the following grantees: Molecule Works, Inc., Richland WA (Concentration and Dewatering of micro-algae cultures with high throughput ceramic membranes.) Artesion, Inc., Federal Way WA (Development of an Environmentally acceptable Hydraulic Fluid.) Clearsign Combustion Corp., Seattle WA (Low Temperature Plasma Flame Stabilization in a

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Commerce to Manage State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Executive Order

On Jan. 16, 2018, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 18-01, State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP), which aims to align the state’s day-to-day operations with its ambitious policy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. SEEP directs state agencies to identify and adopt cost-effective measures that reduce emissions, focusing on new facilities, existing facilities, ferries, electric vehicles, environmentally preferable purchasing, and finance. In addition, it sets up

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Washington State ranks “most competitive” in U.S. by a wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Washington State ranks “most competitive” in U.S. by a wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Independent researchers looked at 41 metrics in every state and DC; Washington’s dense aerospace “supercluster” is unmatched Seattle — Washington state is the best, most competitive, location in the U.S. for aerospace design and manufacturing, according to a comprehensive, independent report released today by Gov. Jay Inslee and members of the Choose Washington New Middle-of-the-Market Airplane (NMA) Council. Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group, led by Vice President of Analysis Richard Aboulafia and

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2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2018 Smart Communities Awards.  Now in its 13th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington State. This year’s honorees include the first tribal project nominated for an award. “Outstanding local collaboration is key to creating sustainable communities with a

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Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council, aerospace suppliers convene in Pierce County to continue work on new airplane opportunity

Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council, aerospace suppliers convene in Pierce County to continue work on new airplane opportunity

A regional network of over 600 aerospace firms, including those in Pierce County, form an essential link in the state’s supply chain, depending on infrastructure investments around Washington to meet just-in-time delivery expectations LAKEWOOD, WA – Leaders in the effort to win design, production and final assembly of Boeing’s potential new middle-of-the-market airplane (NMA) met in Pierce County today, where proximity to OEMs and major trade routes has created a

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Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.25 million in five counties

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.25 million in five counties

Grants and low-interest loans support economic development to strengthen communities in Adams, Grant, Mason, Skamania and Walla Walla counties. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2.25 million in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the cities of Othello, Stevenson and College Place and the ports of Moses Lake, Royal Slope and Shelton.

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