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  • Editorial: How should the city handle economic development?

    The City Council has room for improvement, in its approach to the Spokane area’s economy.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Some employers push to expand rights

    BOISE – Idaho hasn’t yet seen its business recruitment efforts affected by the state’s lack of a nondiscrimination law covering sexual orientation, but the experience of neighboring Utah suggests that …


  • Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

    BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new …


  • Land near Fairchild readied for future

    Spokane County is launching an environmental assessment on 140 acres it owns near Fairchild Air Force Base in an effort to make the land attractive to employers who would bring …


  • Development panel draws 19 hopefuls

    The city of Spokane Valley received 19 applications for its new Economic Development ad hoc committee and the City Council was so pleased by the response that they agreed to …


  • City mulls street fixes

    The need to pay for street preservation ran headlong into the Spokane Valley City Council’s often-stated opposition to new taxes during the council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. No one argued …


  • Idaho Rep. Henderson, 89, pushes economic development

    BOISE – Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, who at 89 is the oldest member of the Idaho Legislature, is pushing legislation this year he says will directly create dozens of jobs …

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