Inslee budget proposes $1.2 billion increase for Department of Commerce

Inslee budget proposes $1.2 billion increase for Department of Commerce

Focus on equity runs throughout significant funding increases serving range of priorities from housing to clean energy, broadband expansion and helping secure federal funding OLYMPIA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget released today proposes a $1.2 billion increase for the Department of Commerce, including $415 million in operating funds and $775 million in new capital dollars. The proposed budget funds all of the agency’s upcoming legislative requests. Commerce is…

Commerce awards $35.4 million for solar power with battery back-up systems to bolster community resilience

Commerce awards $35.4 million for solar power with battery back-up systems to bolster community resilience

Grants will support 52 planning and 39 installation solar projects that will provide back-up power for community buildings to serve emergency and other critical needs statewide. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $35.4 million in grants to local, state, and tribal governments and non-profits to plan and install solar and battery back-up power at community buildings. The projects will provide clean back-up power for critical…

Rural communities to benefit from nearly $5 million in new state Clean Energy Fund investments

Rural communities to benefit from nearly $5 million in new state Clean Energy Fund investments

Commerce awards $4.76 million to dairy digester bioenergy and other innovative clean energy projects in seven rural communities OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced seven grants totaling $4.76 million from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to enhance dairy digesters and advance clean energy in rural communities. These investments will result in improved air and water quality or soil health, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and…

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests more than $4.5 million in three counties

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests more than $4.5 million in three counties

State funds leverage nearly $11 million in private and public resources expected to create and retain 100 high-wage jobs. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $3.375 million in low-interest loans and $1.175 million in grants for economic development and public infrastructure improvements intended to spur business growth and job creation in Thurston, Skagit, and Whitman counties. Thurston County – $1.125 million loan and…

State delegation connects with new tech, new business in Germany

State delegation connects with new tech, new business in Germany

Following is a brief wrap-up from Commerce International Trade Specialist Andrew Crowder on this year’s ChooseWashington delegation to Hannover Messe 2018. Where could you see German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Pena Nieto fist bump a robot? Hannover Messe, of course! With 5,800 exhibitors and 210,000 professional trade visitors, “the Messe” is the largest industrial trade show in the world. The interplay between automation and energy technology, IT platforms…

Governor’s Choose Washington NMA advisory council highlights statewide aerospace strength with visit to industry assets in Spokane

Governor’s Choose Washington NMA advisory council highlights statewide aerospace strength with visit to industry assets in Spokane

Over 120 companies in the Spokane area support industry employers across the world, including Boeing, making it America’s fifth largest aerospace cluster SPOKANE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Choose Washington NMA Council met in Spokane today, visiting the region’s aerospace assets that make the Inland Northwest the fifth largest aerospace cluster in the nation. “We are invested in maintaining the largest and finest aerospace workforce and production capabilities in the…

How competitive is Washington state?

How competitive is Washington state?

Top aerospace industry analyst Richard Aboulafia was interviewed by Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates on the first day of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference. Governor Inslee’s Choose Washington NMA Council recently announced hiring Aboulafia and Teal Group to produce a an independent competitive analysis addressing in detail the state’s benefits and challenges to win design, manufacture and assembly of the Boeing Company’s proposed new middle-of-the-market airplane, sometimes referred…

Day 1 at Hannover Messe Highlights

Day 1 at Hannover Messe Highlights

With companies that touch on aspects of industrial efficiency ranging from biomass equipment, to new technology to smelt steel to consulting on smart grid, Washington is well-prepared to build its reputation as a global leader in energy and related information technology applications.

News Release: Commerce leads delegation to Amsterdam for METSTRADE marine equipment show Nov. 15-17

News Release: Commerce leads delegation to Amsterdam for METSTRADE marine equipment show Nov. 15-17

Washington state-led delegation makes debut, seeks to tap European, global marine equipment markets featuring innovative Puget Sound companies Basta Boatlifts and Pure Watercraft. Olympia, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce kicks off the state’s first official appearance at METSTRADE, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, tomorrow in Amsterdam. Innovative products for the recreational boating market from Bellevue-based Basta Boatlifts and Seattle-based Pure Watercraft will highlight the “Choose…