Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Seven community partnerships awarded $220,000 in growth management grants to plan for and accommodate projected housing needs OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is publishing new planning tools and awarding a second round of grant funding to support communities across Washington in planning for the future housing needs of low-income and at-risk families and individuals. The department also today announced a new round of grant awards to…

Commerce announces $52 million in Climate Commitment Act funds for tribal climate resilience

Commerce announces $52 million in Climate Commitment Act funds for tribal climate resilience

All-new co-designed grant process reflects tribal expertise and priorities  QUINAULT INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded $52 million in grant funding to support climate resilience for 28 federally recognized tribes within Washington, as well as four federally recognized tribes with lands within the state. The funding was made possible by Washington’s Climate Commitment Act, and the grant was co-designed with Tribes to ensure funds could…

NW Innovation Resource Center, Mt. Vernon Library Commons redevelopment project among sites visited by Washington Commerce Director Fong today

NW Innovation Resource Center, Mt. Vernon Library Commons redevelopment project among sites visited by Washington Commerce Director Fong today

Clean technology, key community initiatives fill agenda throughout Skagit County as state commerce director continues travels to all 39 Washington counties SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Washington State Commerce Director Mike Fong today toured the Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center, the first stop on an agenda in Skagit County that also included Sedron Technologies, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, and Triumph Teen Life Center and the Library Commons…

Climate Commitment Act dollars at work: Commerce funds efforts to bring more community voices to table in growth management planning

Climate Commitment Act dollars at work: Commerce funds efforts to bring more community voices to table in growth management planning

Grants to 26 community-based organizations seek to engage more perspectives in local process for comprehensive plan updates in nine counties statewide OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is awarding $2.2 million to 26 community-based organizations to participate in local planning efforts under the state Growth Management Act. Organizations will use this funding to help engage local policy makers and bring marginalized voices and community perspectives on specific…

Commerce invests $7.3 million to sustain five community-based behavioral health facilities

Commerce invests $7.3 million to sustain five community-based behavioral health facilities

Closure prevention funding will ensure long-term viability of 236 behavioral health beds, maintain outpatient treatment services in King, Kitsap and Yakima counties OLYMPIA, Wash. – Vital behavioral health facilities and services in three counties will receive a needed capital funding infusion from the Washington State Department of Commerce to ensure their availability over the next 10 years. The department today announced $7.3 million in closure prevention grants, responding to urgent…

CREDC Secures State Support for Semiconductor Manufacturing

CREDC Secures State Support for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Commerce is pleased to share this great news announced today by our partners at Columbia River Economic Development: Vancouver, WA — The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) announces the award of $300,000 from the state’s Economic Development Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF) to Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) to support employee training and upskilling in Clark County, WA. ADI is a global semiconductor leader that combines analog, digital, and software technologies into solutions…

Washington State Community Reinvestment Project invests $9.8 million to provide financial coaching, mentorship for Black, Latine and tribal communities

Washington State Community Reinvestment Project invests $9.8 million to provide financial coaching, mentorship for Black, Latine and tribal communities

New Commerce grants fund organizations taking action to help communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs build a stable financial future OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $9.8 million in grants to 28 organizations and institutions providing financial coaching for communities disproportionally impacted by the historical design and enforcement of state criminal laws and penalties for drug possession, commonly referred to as the war…

Ready, set, drive electric: State instant rebate program to help more consumers choose electric vehicles

Ready, set, drive electric: State instant rebate program to help more consumers choose electric vehicles

Combined with federal and dealer incentives, $45 million in state rebates aim to make EVs accessible to lower income drivers OLYMPIA, WA – The choice and benefits of driving electric vehicles (EVs) is about to become more affordable to many more Washingtonians, thanks to a new state program announced today. Flanked by a showcase of affordably priced EV models at a Seattle City Light public charging station in Tukwila, Gov.…

Report: Washington’s Priority Climate Action Plan lays the groundwork for cleaner, more equitable future

Report: Washington’s Priority Climate Action Plan lays the groundwork for cleaner, more equitable future

Plan offers collaborative vision for reducing climate pollution, aids communities in securing potentially millions in federal funding OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington communities now have a guide to secure some of $4.6 billion in federal Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) implementation funding for greenhouse gas reduction measures. Washington’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), released by the Department of Commerce, lays the groundwork for propelling the state toward connected, effective, and equitable…

Commerce awards $2 million to encourage innovative business and manufacturing expansion statewide

Commerce awards $2 million to encourage innovative business and manufacturing expansion statewide

Second round of Evergreen Manufacturing grants anticipate creating up to 526 new jobs over three years OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington Department of Commerce today announced $2 million in grants to accelerate manufacturing job growth and economic opportunity across the state, with a focus on rural communities. Ten projects were awarded $200,000 each through the Evergreen Manufacturing grant program. Together, the projects anticipate supporting up to an estimated 526 jobs…