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…

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…

“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).

“Complete Streets” grant nominations close Sept. 24

“Complete Streets” grant nominations close Sept. 24

Commerce will be nominating up to 11 cities or counties for the Transportation Improvement Board’s “Complete Streets Award,” with grants between $100,000 and $1 million to be awarded in January 2019. Complete Streets is a program to encourage communities to design streets and roads for all users. Applications are due to Commerce by Sept. 24. Cities and counties with a population of 10,000 or less encouraged to apply.

Snohomish PUD Groundbreaking for Arlington Microgrid

Bob Kirchmeier and others helped move the first dirt at the Snohomish PUD’s groundbreaking for the Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center Project. This is a Clean Energy Fund project which represents a new technology and approach offering grid resiliency and renewable energy integration. The project will include a 500-kilowatt solar array with smart inverters, a 1,000 kW/1,000 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system and several vehicle-to-grid charging stations for use…

New Staff in the Energy Division

The State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) program is moving forward with the hiring of Hanna Waterstrat as Assistant Director of the program. Hanna has been the Staff Services Manager at the Department of Ecology for the last four years, where she led agency participation with the SEEP Executive Order and provided guidance on environmental performance, including oversight of greenhouse gas reporting for Ecology operations statewide. Hanna was sometimes referred…

What’s happening in the Energy Division for September 2018?

The Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Grants pre-application period is closed. Due to the large volume of applications, there will be a delay in notifications for Phase Two. The full application period will be delayed. Updates will be posted on the webpage. The Grid Modernization Program will be accepting concept applications starting Sept.17. A bidders conference call will be Sept. 19. You must submit an application to be considered for…