Stories tagged: economic development
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:16 p.m.
Condon adds real estate broker, political fundraiser to mayor’s office to focus on economic development
Charlie Wolff, of SDS Realty, will focus on the city’s efforts to promote infill development and sell public real estate, the mayor said. Dawn Sugasa, a political fundraiser for the …
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Avista’s community leadership role expected to continue
For more than a century, Avista and Washington Water Power Co. contributed leadership and charitable support to the Spokane area’s economic development and civic betterment initiatives.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
Spokane County, City Hall announce ‘historic’ economic partnership with Spokane International Airport
The establishment of a new public development authority will allow both governments to work to recruit businesses at the West Plains regional transportation and economic hub without fear of competing …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 6 a.m.
Big Avista project across the railroad tracks from WSU Spokane would spur change in maligned neighborhood
Plans are emerging for a major redevelopment project across the railroad tracks from the WSU Spokane campus.
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017
Lone Star envy: Spokane business group takes a peek to see what it takes to look like Austin
Austin often tops lists of “Coolest American cities.” It’s residents are young, educated and trend-setting and they’re reshaping how Americans think about urban areas.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 4:03 p.m.
Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul
The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016
Editorial: How should the city handle economic development?
The City Council has room for improvement, in its approach to the Spokane area’s economy.
Fri., June 24, 2016, 6 p.m.
City Hall rethinking its relationship with Greater Spokane Incorporated
Spokane City councilmembers say they want to talk specific programs with Todd Mielke, the chief executive at Greater Spokane Inc., before approving a contract extension for economic development services.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 6:08 p.m.
Lawmakers seek $1 billion for struggling coal states
Lawmakers from Appalachian states hit hard by a downturn in the coal industry are proposing to set aside $1 billion from a federal fund to use for economic development.
Thu., July 30, 2015
Public invited to rally for skate event
The promoters who brought the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to Spokane in 2007 and 2010 are asking for help in landing another skating event. Site inspectors from U.S. Figure Skating …
Fri., May 29, 2015
Shawn Vestal: On big projects and incentives like Grand Hotel, city needs to get it right
The Davenport Grand Hotel will open before controversy closes over city contributions to the project. That’s simply backward, no matter how good the project is for downtown – and there …
Wed., March 4, 2015
Gilliam chosen to lead North Idaho’s Jobs Plus
A former economic development official for the state of Idaho will lead the effort to expand and diversify Kootenai County’s economy and employment base. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam, of Boise, is …
Tue., March 3, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
Jobs Plus hires new president
A former economic development official for the state of Idaho will lead the effort to expand and diversify Kootenai County’s economy and employment base.
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
Landowners draw plan for to build on downtown Spokane lot
One of the first things that visitors to Spokane see when they exit Interstate 90 at Division Street is an empty lot behind temporary murals. A Lutheran church that stood …
Thu., Nov. 6, 2014
Number of new business licenses in Spokane Valley up for debate
Spokane Valley attracts 200 new businesses every month. At least that’s what Mayor Dean Grafos and other city leaders say – and say often. But the mayor’s numbers don’t jibe …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
Steve Stevens takes the helm at Greater Spokane Incorporated
Steve Stevens, 53, arrived at Greater Spokane Incorporated as president and CEO on July 1. He takes the helm at GSI, the region’s joint chamber of commerce and economic development …
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Editorial: Downtown investment mechanisms deserve council approval
A new tavern, the Tamarack Public House, will soon join the list of eating and drinking establishments adding to downtown Spokane’s vitality and amenities. But the Tamarack’s century-old building needed …
Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
Tax break coaxes airline to consider Boise
BOISE – A new tax break is credited with coaxing an airline to build a Boise maintenance facility with the promise of 100 new jobs. The company, which will be …
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Spokane gets grip on growth with water plan
The city of Spokane has found a way to block development at its borders, even if that growth takes place within the urban growth boundary. The shift in power from …
Sun., June 15, 2014
Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity
Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …
Mon., April 14, 2014
Spokane Valley weighs easing marijuana zoning law
Spokane Valley is home to the largest marijuana-growing facility licensed by the state so far. Now city leaders, despite their near-unanimous dislike of legalized pot, are poised to open more …
Mon., March 24, 2014
West Plains rail upgrade gaining speed
The state of Washington is backing a Spokane County plan to bring improved rail service to the West Plains for economic development. The state has identified a 7-mile stretch of …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Slow economic growth expected in Spokane region, experts say
A longtime regional economic forecaster on Wednesday told Spokane business leaders they should learn a lesson from long-suffering fans of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. “For Cubs fans, it’s always …
Thu., July 11, 2013
Spokane Valley launching app
Would you like directions to the nearest Spokane Valley pool, or a map showing nearby restaurants? There’s an app for that. This week the city of Spokane Valley is launching …
UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2013, 12:59 p.m.
Liberty Lake lands new company, 400 jobs
Vivint Inc., a fast-growing provider of home automation products including energy management and surveillance, expects to create 400 jobs after opening an office in Liberty Lake this summer.
Sun., March 17, 2013
Visit Spokane leader puts attractions in spotlight
It’s hard to predict what will pique tourists’ interest. Take Fargo, N.D. It boasts a Walk of Fame (“Wow, Richard Simmons’ handprint!”) and Bonanzaville, the region’s “foremost pioneer prairie village.”
Sat., Dec. 22, 2012
Permit process touted
Spokane Valley officials are so pleased with the city’s improved permit application process that they have paid for billboards and newspaper, radio, Internet and television advertisements to brag. “It really …
Sat., Dec. 22, 2012
Mt. Spokane lodge grows for visitors
A new addition to Mt. Spokane’s ski lodge is giving powder hounds a new place to kick it between runs and the nonprofit business an opportunity to stay competitive in …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
Three new planning commissioners picked in Valley
The Spokane Valley City Council gave the planning commission a shot of new blood Tuesday night. Council members appointed retired metal fabricator Kevin Anderson, business owner Christina Carlsen and kindergarten …
Fri., Aug. 10, 2012
Jensen-Byrd plans on hold for at least a year
Washington State University officials say they’ll wait a year or more before reconsidering the fate of the empty Jensen-Byrd building on the edge of downtown Spokane’s University District. What they …