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Top Spokane business story for 2013: Big expansion in medical education at Riverpoint

The state, Washington State University and area supporters put together an impressive 2013 agenda for expansion of education facilities at the Riverpoint Higher Education campus.

That growth, centerpieced by the construction of the new pharmacy and biosciences building on the campus, is the region's top business story for 2013.

Students, staff and researchers recently moved into WSU's $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building on the Riverpoint campus. More growth will follow in 2014, as the school parlays a federal grant that will allow the creation of a downtown medical-training clinic. That program brings together students, faculty and area physicians into a new clinic that will help deliver more patient care to lower-income residents.

OfficeHours tracked the top five stories, and invited readers to nominate the top story. We'll announce the winner in our pick-the-top-story contest on Thursday, Jan. 2. That reader gets a $10 coffee card, on us.

Go back over recent OfficeHours blog posts to see the other four top business stories of the year.


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