February 2, 1998 in Nation/World

Public Urged To Attend Downtown Visioning Meeting

Compiled By Business Staff
 

Spokane residents are urged to attend a meeting Thursday night at the Convention Center to help redesign the city’s downtown.

The downtown visioning meeting, held from 7 to 10 p.m., kicks off the public participation portion of the downtown development plan. The plan is a joint public-private partnership between the city of Spokane and the Downtown Spokane Partnership, a not-for-profit coalition of business, government and community leaders.

“The community at large has a stake in what happens in its downtown because as the heart of the city, its strength affects the strength of the entire city,” said Karen Valvano, the partnership’s president.

Free parking will be provided at the Diamond parking lot across the street from the Convention Center.

Today

The U.S. Feed Grains Council holds its annual meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico through Wednesday.

Mayor John Talbott returns from the Mayors Conference in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Commerce Department releases personal income data for December.

Tuesday

The Washington State Potato Conference and Trade show runs through Thursday at the Big Bend Community College Campus in Moses Lake.

The Spokane Club holds an informal open meeting to review and discuss plans for a new parking garage to be built west of the club’s gym. The meeting will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the club, 1002 W. Riverside.

Voters who live in School District 81 will vote on a $74.5 million bond. The money would be used to update Lewis and Clark High School as well as support district-wide technology upgrades. Bond and levy measures also are on the ballot in the Spokane Valley and numerous other school districts in Spokane County, except Mead, which votes next week.

In Washington, D.C. the Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee.

Wednesday

Washington State University Extension and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers hold a workshop on advanced grain marketing techniques from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Ritzville, 106 W. Broadway. Cost is $10. For information, call 509-659-3209.

The U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on general farm commodities will review the Asian financial crisis and its relationship to U.S. Agriculture.

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center will decide today and tomorrow whether to accept a contract offered by the hospital. They have been working without a contract since Dec. 31.

Thursday

The Commerce Department releases factory orders for December and the nation’s largest retailers report sales figures for January.

Friday

The Labor Department releases unemployment for January.

Sunday

“Hillclimb 1998” and the Washington Restaurant Association’s winter board meeting are held in Olympia, continuing through Tuesday. Call 1-800-225-7166.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story:

ON THE SHELF

Money, February 1998: Magazine features its 1998 guide to mutual funds, including results for 3,724 funds.

Success, February 1998: Cover story explores “The Next Big Thing” as seen through the eyes of 13 visionaries.

Well-endowed

The booming stock market is rearranging the ranks of the nation’s top foundations. Here are the top 3 foundations, and their assets as of Dec. 31, 1997:

1. Lilly Endowment, $12.7 billion.

2. Ford Foundation, $9.4 billion.

3. David and Lucile Packard Foundation, $8.9 billion (including $5.3 billion that will be transferred from David Packard’s estate in March). On the shelf

This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE SHELF Money, February 1998: Magazine features its 1998 guide to mutual funds, including results for 3,724 funds. Success, February 1998: Cover story explores “The Next Big Thing” as seen through the eyes of 13 visionaries.

Well-endowed The booming stock market is rearranging the ranks of the nation’s top foundations. Here are the top 3 foundations, and their assets as of Dec. 31, 1997: 1. Lilly Endowment, $12.7 billion. 2. Ford Foundation, $9.4 billion. 3. David and Lucile Packard Foundation, $8.9 billion (including $5.3 billion that will be transferred from David Packard’s estate in March). On the shelf

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