Washington State to launch tax-advantage savings plan for people with disabilities

Washington State to launch tax-advantage savings plan for people with disabilities

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) governing board announces program that could help an estimated 50,000 Washingtonians save for care-related expenses without losing disability benefits. OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State ABLE governing board announced that a new plan to help people with disabilities save for related care expenses without fear of disqualification from essential public benefits will launch by the end of this month. An estimated 50,000 Washingtonians could…

Commerce kicks off civilian-military compatibility planning project, names consultant

Commerce kicks off civilian-military compatibility planning project, names consultant

MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design to develop Washington State Guidebook for Military and Community Compatibility Olympia, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that independent consulting firm MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design, LLP will develop a Washington State Guidebook for Military and Community Compatibility. MAKERS, which has offices in Seattle and San Diego, Calif., will help Commerce develop written guidance and technical assistance tools for communities across…

Clean Energy Fund energy efficiency and renewable energy program grants are now available

Clean Energy Fund energy efficiency and renewable energy program grants are now available

The Department of Commerce is now accepting Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requests for the Energy Grants to Non-Profit Lenders program. These Clean Energy Fund grants support the widespread use of proven energy efficiency and renewable energy – including transportation electrification technologies – that have been inhibited by lack of access to capital. More information, including the NOFO and FAQ’s, is available on our website: DEADLINE: Requests must be submitted via email to Commerce by 5…

Snohomish County’s significant aerospace assets showcased for Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council

Snohomish County’s significant aerospace assets showcased for Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council

Nearly half of Washington State’s world-leading aerospace workforce is in Snohomish County, where suppliers support Airbus, Bombardier, Comac, Embraer, Mitsubishi and Sukhoi in addition to Boeing. EVERETT, 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 Snohomish County today, where Paine Field’s Aerospace Training Complex brings together Everett and Edmonds Community Colleges, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee…

CERB Rural Broadband Program

CERB Rural Broadband Program

The Community Economic Revitalization Board is now providing low-interest loans and grants to local governments and federal recognized tribes to construct broadband infrastructure that will provide high-speed, open-access broadband service.

New loan program launches rural broadband initiative

New loan program launches rural broadband initiative

“Broadband internet is an important tool for economic development, it has the power to unite us as a state, and we should make it available in all Washington communities.” — Gov. Jay Inslee Access to quality and affordable broadband internet helps create jobs, improves public safety and health services, and increases education opportunities. Gov. Inslee finished a 3-day trip across the state to talk about increasing access in rural communities.…

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…

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…

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…