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Jul

2017

Tourism marketing effort revived in final hours of budget negotiations

The tourism marketing bill 2SSB 5251, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview), regained momentum as legislators raced to pass an operating budget before July 1.

21

Apr

2017

Bill authorizing cities to designate creative districts headed for Governor’s desk

Local governments with limited access to economic development resources would be allowed to designate a portion of their territory as a “creative district” through a bill that has passed the Legislature and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for signature.

14

Apr

2017

Bill increasing airport grants headed for Governor’s desk

HB 1018, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), increases the allowable grant amount from $250,000 to $750,000 that the Department of Transportation may provide for general aviation projects through the Airport Aid Grant Program.

31

Mar

2017

Bill authorizes local governments to establish creative districts

HB 1183 would grant the Washington State Arts Commission the authority to certify creative districts designated by local governments or tribes as areas that promote “cultural facilities, creative industries, or arts-related business.”

10

Feb

2017

Bill would give expanded authority to Parking and Business Improvement Areas

HB 1823 grants new authorities to the parking and business improvement area program (PBIA).

10

Feb

2017

Bills would allow for greater participation in Main Street Program

HB 1343/SB 5135 would increase the tax credit limit for the Main Street tax incentive program from $1.5 million to $5 million.

20

Jan

2017

Bill grants new authorities for public facilities districts

HB 1201 would allow a public facilities district to use local sales and use tax proceeds to repay bonds issued not only for construction, but also for the expansion, rehabilitation and improvement of regional centers.

20

Jan

2017

Bill to promote tourism would divert funds from transportation account

HB 1123 establishes a Tourism Marketing Authority for the purpose of promoting tourism in Washington.
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