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Protecting Your Local Brand: Federal, State, and Local Strategies

Local governments wishing to trademark a logo or seal may find an uphill battle in getting federal protection, but other options exist for protecting local brands.

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Revisiting C-PACER Two Years Later (Part 2)

In 2020, Washington counties were offered the chance to adopt a C-PACER program that would encourage capital improvements for commercial properties in order to increase water and energy efficiency. This blog follows up on program implementation two years later.

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Six Suggested Actions for Planners during the Extended COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog suggests some action items planners can undertake during the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage commerce, promote recreational opportunities, and streamline the planning process. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic Makes Economic Development More Important Than Ever

This blog looks at what activities local governments can undertake to assist local businesses. 

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New Economic Development Tool Promotes Clean Energy, Resilience Improvements (Part 1)

This blog summarizes the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience (C-PACER) program, which offers resources for qualifying energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and resiliency improvements for buildings.

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Promising Practices for Washington Local Governments: October 2020

This post highlights promising practices in revitalizing downtown cores, reimagining the functions of law enforcement, and paperless approval processes.

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Encouraging Small-Scale Manufacturing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog post looks at small-scale manufacturing, its role in a strong local economy, and how local governments can encourage the growth of these critical businesses. 

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Now Is the Time to Look at Opportunity Zones

This post describes Opportunity Zones, how the zones work, what municipalities are doing to attract investment, and how to make sure investment is in the community’s best interest.

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A New Economic Development Strategy for Clallam County

A Clallam County commissioner writes about how the county and other local governments can work with the private sector to encourage economic development.

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Made in Washington: Encouraging Local Industries

Contrary to popular opinion, the U.S. is still the top manufacturing nation in the world. And there is renewed interest here in local industries, driven by the rising...

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Caterpillar, Inc. chose Spokane for the location of its new distribution center.

Economic Development - Illegal in Washington State?

Recently, I was meeting with a new city official who had just moved to Washington from Florida. He’d had a successful track record in attracting major businesses...

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