Forest Products & Rural Economic Development

Gov. Inslee is committed to creating good-paying jobs in every corner of Washington. Our small and rural communities contribute to the fabric of our innovative, hard-working state. Despite the unique challenges these communities face, they have a proven ability to innovate, modernize and diversify. 

The governor works to build and develop rural communities through economic development, strengthened infrastructure, accessible health and human services and energy-savings programs.  

Inslee announces public assistance approved in some wildfire areas, awaiting decision on individual assistance

Inslee’s statement on President Obama’s approval of federal windstorm assistance

Gov. Jay Inslee this morning issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s approval of a Major Disaster Declaration that provides federal financial assistance to three counties impacted by an August windstorm:

Statement from Inslee cautioning risks posed by use of fireworks during drought

“An early wildfire season has already begun in our state, and conditions all across the state are much drier and hotter than usual. The 4th of July weekend is approaching and there is, rightfully, heightened concern about the risks posed by use of fireworks.

Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on legislative passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act

“Today, legislators did the right thing and approved a much-needed bill to improve the oversight of crude oil being transported through Washington and our ability to prevent and respond to oil spills. This was one of my top priorities for this session and I particularly want to thank Rep.

Governor Inslee expands drought emergency to include more of Washington

OLYMPIA – Worsening drought and snowpack conditions in Washington prompted Gov. Inslee to expand the state’s drought emergency today. Nearly half the state is now expected to experience hardships from this year’s drought.

Inslee, Western governors call on Congress to finally address wildfire funding

Today the Western Governors Association called on Congress to increase federal funding available for preventing and suppressing wildfires, which have grown increasingly intense and destructiv

Governor Inslee declares drought for three Washington regions

OLYMPIA – Snowpack conditions across Washington state mountains are near record low levels, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency for three key regions.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on the passing of Chinook Tribal Chairman Ray Gardner

“Trudi and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Chinook Nation and all Ray’s friends and family.

Governor Inslee's statement on news that China has lifted its ban on shellfish exports from West Coast

Gov. Jay Inslee today responded to news that China has lifted a ban on shellfish exports that directly affected numerous Washington shellfish growers.

Gov. Inslee announces grant to Wind River Biomass Utility for combined heat and power generation in Skamania County

Project will spur development of clean energy from wood biomass fuel, create jobs in rural timber communities, and help reduce forest fires and greenhouse gas emissions.

Gov. Inslee announces grant to study producing heating oil and charcoal from forest waste

Nearly $1.4 million has been awarded this year for nine projects targeting clean energy development across the state

Gov. Inslee announces grant to preserve places of Latino historic and cultural significance in Yakima Valley

Governor's office and Skagit County highlight progress of the Clean Samish Initiative

Local effort plays key role in meeting governor’s statewide goal to grow shellfish industry and reduce pollution

Governor Inslee Requests Forest Health Restoration on 720,000 Acres of Federal Forestland

Olympia, WA – Gov. Jay Inslee today asked the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to designate 720,000 acres of federal land in Washington to allow for expedited and prioritized forest health treatments and restoration efforts.

Statements from Governor Inslee and Chair of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs on Super Typhoon Haiyan

Governor Inslee issued this statement today:

Governor Inslee asks for disaster declaration following gas explosion in North Bend

Jobs, water and fish - Governor Inslee introduces Yakima River Basin bill to protect jobs, improve fish passage

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee today requested legislation that protects and creates agricultural jobs and addresses fish passage and water supply issues in the Yakima Valley region.

Governor Inslee thanks Japanese government for assistance in removing tsunami debris

Governor Jay Inslee today expressed his appreciation for Japan’s assistance in removing tsunami debris that had washed onto Washington shores.

Governors Inslee, Kitzhaber announce final mitigation agreement on Columbia River Crossing

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber today announced an agreement with Thompson Metal Fab, Inc. to mitigate potential impacts of construction of a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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