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U-District Coordinator to talk about development

Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus, lower center and left, and Gonzaga University, lower right, comprise the greatest portion of the University District, which business, education and government leaders are promoting as the hub of regional economic growth.  (FILE / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus, lower center and left, and Gonzaga University, lower right, comprise the greatest portion of the University District, which business, education and government leaders are promoting as the hub of regional economic growth. (FILE / The Spokesman-Review)

Marketing Associates of Spokane is hosting a discussion by Brandon Betty, project coordinator for the Spokane University District, on April 8 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

Betty took the job as project coordinatory last summer.  The meeting, which costs $20 for MAS members, $30 otherwise, will give an overview of the district and the set of projects and goals for the district.

"I'll review how the district went from a grassroots organization to a 501(c)3 board" that also serves to recommend funding priorities for money being collected by the City of Spokane, Betty said.

That money is being raised through a state-provided Tax Increment Financing plan for the University District. The city gets to allocate TIF money for the district, but the district board sets priorities and makes recommendations.


 

The U-District encompasses the general area in and around the Riverpoint Higher Education area, east of Division along Sprague and Trent.

For more information on the district, go to SpokaneUniversityDistrict.com.




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