Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $200,000 in three counties

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $200,000 in three counties

WSU tech transfer center study among projects awarded planning grants at May board meeting OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $200,000 in grants for rural broadband and economic development feasibility studies. Projects awarded funding are located in Clark, Spokane, and Whitman counties and will spur broadband deployment, business growth and job creation. Clark County $50,000 grant to the Port of Camas-Washougal for the…

Commerce awards $1.7 million in planning grants to address housing affordability statewide

Commerce awards $1.7 million in planning grants to address housing affordability statewide

Funding will support housing strategies to increase urban residential building capacity and streamline development regulation in 28 communities across Washington state. OLYMPIA, WA – Decades of underbuilding homes at all income levels has created a supply and demand imbalance playing out today in the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in communities across Washington state. One study suggests the shortage is more than 225,000 units. To help communities address this growing…

Commerce adds to leadership team

Commerce adds to leadership team

Liz Rocca to lead communications; Stephanie Bowman appointed to lead maritime sector economic development  OLYMPIA, WA — Washington Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown recently announced two new appointments to key leadership roles in the growing state agency. Veteran journalist Liz Rocca joins Commerce’s Executive Leadership team as Communications Director. In the department’s Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, former Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman is serving as Governor’s…

Turning creative pursuits into livelihoods: Washington Department of Commerce launches new Creatives Academy

Turning creative pursuits into livelihoods: Washington Department of Commerce launches new Creatives Academy

Free, self-directed learning series tailored for creative occupations teaches essential skills to build a successful small business OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington Department of Commerce has launched its new Creatives Academy, the third in a series of self-directed educational academies for small business owners. Designed to teach the essential skills needed to turn a creative pursuit into a successful small business, the academy contains 11 tracks. Lessons range from developing…

Commerce awards $17.5 million in infrastructure funding to boost affordable housing development in 11 counties

Commerce awards $17.5 million in infrastructure funding to boost affordable housing development in 11 counties

Grants fund utility connection fees and improvements needed to connect affordable housing to municipal water and sewer. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $17.5 million in funding for 26 projects that will support the development of nearly 2,100 affordable housing units throughout the state. Funds will lower the effective cost of development by about $8,000 for each housing unit. “The communities receiving grant funds have…

State’s push toward community-based behavioral health treatment boosted by nearly $47-million capital investment

State’s push toward community-based behavioral health treatment boosted by nearly $47-million capital investment

Commerce awards grants to 25 projects for acquisition, renovation and new construction of local behavioral health facilities in nine counties across Washington OLYMPIA, WA – More people needing assistance with a wide variety of behavioral health issues, including people leaving Western and Eastern State hospitals, will have opportunities for local treatment thanks to $46.9 million in new grants announced today. The 25 behavioral health projects awarded funding through the Washington…

Commerce invests $43.2 million to help address significant need for more early learning spaces in Washington state

Commerce invests $43.2 million to help address significant need for more early learning spaces in Washington state

Grants will fund the acquisition, renovation, planning and new construction of 69 high-quality early learning facilities across 22 counties OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) announced $43.2 million in grants to 69 early learning projects across the state. The grants provide financial assistance to allow Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractors and Working Connections…

Find Ventures and Department of Commerce announce Equitable Innovations Accelerator Cohort

Find Ventures and Department of Commerce announce Equitable Innovations Accelerator Cohort

Ten tech startup founders will form the inaugural cohort and receive up to $100K in philanthropic funding. SEATTLE— After reviewing over a hundred applications, Find Ventures is excited to announce the 10 companies selected to participate in a founder-focused startup accelerator program that will begin in April 2022. Last year, Find Ventures in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, announced its plans to launch a new Equitable Innovations…

Governor’s 2022 Smart Communities Awards nominations open now through May 20 (Update May 3, 2022)

Governor’s 2022 Smart Communities Awards nominations open now through May 20 (Update May 3, 2022)

Annual awards recognize outstanding work in community planning and development Olympia, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today called for nominations for the 16th annual Governor’s Smart Communities Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding work by local governments and their partners on long-term community planning and development. Nominees offer a view into the values and long-term priorities of their communities through their plans and actions shaping how they…

Commerce announces latest round of state investments in new and novel clean energy technology projects powered by diverse public-private partnerships

Commerce announces latest round of state investments in new and novel clean energy technology projects powered by diverse public-private partnerships

Competitive process identifies 10 proposed research, development and demonstration projects to receive $8.5 million in Clean Energy Fund grants OLYMPIA, WA – Making green hydrogen fuel from captured Co2, water and electricity for a quiet, clean portable alternative to diesel-powered generators. Repurposing retired electric bus batteries. Creating next-generation batteries. Recycling wind turbine blade materials to create new products. Using food and forest waste in new ways and to train workers…