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Washington on target for reopening June 30

Washington state will reopen on June 30 or earlier, Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon (06/09/2021). Limits on capacity will be lifted for all businesses, except for large indoor event venues. Venues that can accommodate 10,000 or more people will continue to be restricted to 75% capacity as a precaution…
June 10, 2021

SPSCC Economic Impact Report

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is making a $930 million mark on the economy. The college benefits local businesses by increasing consumer spending in the region and supplying a steady flow of qualified, trained workers into the workforce. It enriches the lives of students by raising their lifetime earnings and helping them achieve their…
May 25, 2021

Governor Inslee announces statewide reopening date of June 30

On May 13th, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30. Read more on this MSNBC’s article.
May 17, 2021

Lacey gives new food truck depot a warm welcome

A project led by the City of Lacey, opened up a food truck depot as an initial step toward a wider revitalization effort at the intersection between Pacific Ave SE and Lacey Blvd. SE and strategically supporting local small business entrepreneurs. Lacey is the most diverse community in Thurston County and a real strong entrepreneurial nature to…
May 7, 2021

$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, open on Monday, May 3, 2021

Established under the American Rescue Plan, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program…
April 29, 2021

Lacey is the top Washington small city to start a business

In a recent study by WalletHub, the City of Lacey is ranked 138 out of 1,300 U.S. cities and is the top small city in Washington state to start a business.  To determine the best small cities to start a business, WalletHub compared 20 key metrics ranges from average growth in the number of small…
April 20, 2021

Lacey Food Truck Depot is coming

Expected to open in late April/early May, the Food Truck Depot Pilot Program is a project led by the city of Lacey, this upcoming food truck spot is an initial step toward a wider revitalization effort at the intersection between Pacific Avenue Southeast and Lacey Boulevard Southeast. Located in an area dubbed as the “Depot…
April 12, 2021

All Washingtonians 16 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in mid-April

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday (March 31st, 2021) announced that everyone 16 years and older can go for a dose starting April 15. It would make an additional 1.2 million Washingtonians eligible for a dose by April 15, opening vaccines to the 6.3 million state residents ages 16 and older. Folks searching for vaccine appointments…
April 1, 2021

Working Washington Grants: Round 4

The Washington State Department of Commerce will open applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com. This is the fourth round of the Working Washington grant program. Legislators approved $240 million for the current round as…
March 23, 2021

Effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3

March 11, 2021 – Governor Inslee announces statewide move to Phase 3 of recovery plan, return to spectator events and Phase 1B, Tier 2 vaccine eligibility Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The governor also announced a new…
March 12, 2021
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