State board invests more than $2 million to grow local economies

Funds will support economic development in Clark, Whitman, and Yakima counties OLYMPIA, WA –The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced nearly $2.1 million in public investments targeting business growth and job creation across the state. “Tools like CERB help Washington businesses succeed, supporting jobs and increasing our state’s competitiveness,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “CERB’s dedication to helping communities around Washington…

Annual census results show decline in homelessness in Washington State

Point in Time Count shows services effective, still work to be done OLYMPIA, WA – Homelessness has decreased throughout the state, according to numbers released today by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The numbers are from the statewide annual Point in Time Count that took place January 24, 2013. Local homeless service providers and volunteers across the state counted 17,775 people living unsheltered or in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Of those,…

Small Business Administration opens loan office in Mount Vernon to help businesses affected by Skagit Bridge collapse

Following a request last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened a disaster loan office in Mount Vernon to help businesses suffering financial losses due to the I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse. “Our priority is ensuring our businesses succeed in the wake of this difficult disruption,” Inslee said. “I thank the SBA for its speedy response to my request. The low-interest loans now available will help…

Governor requests SBA help for businesses hurt by I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse

Gov. Jay Inslee today requested that the Small Business Administration make its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program available to businesses hurt by the collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge. The governor’s request provided evidence that at least five businesses in Skagit County demonstrated substantial economic injury as a result of the May 23 bridge collapse. That is the threshold needed under guidelines for the disaster loan program. “The collapse…

Washington state delegation at Paris Air Show celebrates MTorres move, joins Boeing to announce aerospace supplier summit return to Seattle

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-2) and Washington state’s 51-person delegation at the 50th Anniversary International Paris Air Show today joined MTorres and Boeing in two announcements at the worldwide gathering of the aerospace industry held every two years in Le Bourget, near Paris, France. MTorres, a privately-owned Spanish supplier of highly sophisticated automated equipment to the aerospace and paper industries, today announced that Pacific Engineering, Inc. will open a new assembly…

Washington’s delegation ends another successful day at Air Show with Umbra Cuscinetti announcing move to larger facility in Everett

Delegation also applauds agreement between Dassault Systemes and Center of Excellence at Everett Community College Rep. Rick Larsen, tapped by Governor Jay Inslee to lead the Washington state delegation to the 50th International Paris Air Show, today joined Umbra Cuscinetti, Inc., to announce the company’s move into a newly-renovated, energy-efficient 68,000 square foot facility in Everett, WA. Umbra Cuscinetti is the U.S. entity of Italian-owned Umbra Group. This move allows…

Commerce awards $8 million for energy cost savings projects

Funds go to higher education institutions across Washington The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced nearly $8 million in grants to create jobs and to help seven higher education institutions lower their energy costs. An estimated 121 jobs will be created by construction spending on these projects. The total cost for all the projects is about $15 million, including more than $6 million in non-state funding. Commerce’s Energy Efficiency Grant program’s immediate goal…

Rep. Rick Larsen opens Washington pavilion at International Air Show

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), joined by leaders in Washington state’s aerospace industry, opened the Washington Pavilion at the 50th International Paris Air Show PARIS – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), joined by leaders in Washington state’s aerospace industry, opened the Washington Pavilion at the 50th International Paris Air Show, the largest worldwide event dedicated to the aviation and space industry. Larsen is leading the state’s 51-person delegation at the request of…

$9 million in federal grants awarded to 14 rural Washington infrastructure projects

Grants range from $285,500 to $1 million for vital community improvements throughout the state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced 14 cities and counties to receive a total of more than $9 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2013. The 14 projects were selected from 34 grant applications requesting more than $23 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and street systems; support affordable housing; and…

2013 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

Nine cities and three counties receive awards for smart growth planning OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2013 Smart Communities Awards. Now in its eighth year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington state. “These projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global economy,”…