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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Greater Spokane Incorporated unveils new brand

Greater Spokane Incorporated unveiled a new brand Thursday, which its chief executive officer says better reflects its dual role of recruiting new businesses while helping existing local companies grow.


Local officials look to ‘Amazon effect’ to boost region’s economy

Beyond the Amazon fulfillment center’s 1,500-plus jobs, local officials see the company’s presence here as an opportunity to raise Spokane’s profile as a place to do business.


Hey Amazon, what about us? Spokane-area joins competition for retail giant’s second headquarters

Spokane is joining the stampede of cities competing to become Amazon’s second headquarters. The e-commerce giant will announce its selection next year.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives?

The loss of a home-grown business can always be a shock, but the true effects can vary.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

GSI wants Congress to consider jobs as it looks at replacing Obamacare

GSI letter to congressional delegation criticizes House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying

The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …


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.


Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes

Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …


Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. …


Nancy McLaughlin chosen as new Spokane County commissioner

Former Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen Monday to replace outgoing Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


Spokane County Commissioners to interview potential Mielke replacements Monday

The three candidates vying to replace Todd Mielke on the Spokane County Commission will field questions from Mielke’s former colleagues Monday morning.


Spokane GOP picks McLaughlin, Kerns and Baxter to replace Mielke

Todd Mielke’s seat on the Spokane County Commission will go to either two political veterans or an up-and-comer with wide support among state legislators.


County commission rejects pay raises for Knezovich, Haskell

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and …


Todd Mielke reflects on problems, solutions as he leaves commission post

Todd Mielke was a bit confused the first time he was asked if he’d consider heading Greater Spokane Incorporated. Mielke said he was having lunch with the chamber’s former CEO …


Spokane County GOP preps to nominate Todd Mielke successor

Though the list of hopefuls is long, the Spokane County Republican Party will have several weeks after the new year to nominate replacements for outgoing County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


Mielke named new CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke Monday was selected as the new CEO for Greater Spokane Inc., the Spokane area’s chamber of commerce.


Spokane County 2016 budget includes pay raise for most employees

The 2016 Spokane County budget includes a bump in sales tax revenues, but also includes a pay increase of 1.5 percent for most employees, their first since 2011.


Gerry Gemmill leaves alma mater for opportunity at Spokane County

A split Spokane County Commission has chosen Gerry Gemmill as the next chief executive for the county. Friends and supporters say he’ll make good use of contacts and a perspective …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:39 p.m.

Spokane County voters turn down proposal to expand commission

Spokane County voters turned down by a wide margin a proposal to expand the three-member county commission. Just over 62 percent of voters said “no” to Spokane County Proposition 1.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 10:14 p.m.

Spokane County CEO job offered to Gerry Gemmill in split vote

Gerry Gemmill, who previously worked for Spokane County and the City of Spokane, is favored by two Spokane County commissioners to become the county’s next CEO.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 10:12 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners could choose new CEO Tuesday

Feuding commissioners are uncertain what will be the outcome of a meeting Tuesday to talk about a new Spokane County CEO. Commissioners could appoint a handpicked replacement for Marshal Farnell, …


Todd Mielke: Five commissioners would benefit Spokane County

County Proposition 1 will add two commissioners, better serve citizens.


Once-rejected Spokane County charter proposed again

The call for a charter to address representation issues in Spokane County government is nothing new.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2015, 11:35 p.m.

Spokane County Commission expansion proposal comes amid hostile divide on board

The proposal to expand the Spokane County Commission to five members is occurring in a contentious political climate that dates back at least a year.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 8:27 p.m.

Doug Clark: Take our county commissioner, please

On behalf of potential future employers, Doug Clark issues an open letter of recommendation for Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


Vestal: Rancor among county commissioners a by-product of a larger problem

The rancor that burst into the open this week among the three county commissioners seemed very much like high-stakes drama, or at least a very soapy opera: squabbling and bad …


Commissioners trade political, personal attacks in commission expansion talks

Public discussion of whether to support a ballot measure that would increase their ranks by two pitted Spokane County Commissioners against each other Tuesday night.


County commissioners publicly air rumors, trade political, personal attacks in commission expansion talks

Public discussion of whether to support a ballot measure that would increase their ranks by two pitted Spokane County Commissioners against each other Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, 8:45 p.m.

Commissioners remain at odds over Spokane County CEO job

After a public rebuke of Todd Mielke’s candidacy for Spokane County chief executive, Al French says he still wants a national search conducted by a headhunter. Mielke and Shelly O’Quinn …


Spokane County considers partnerships, sites for sheriff’s deputy training facility

Spokane County is casting a wide net for partners to help construct a permanent home to train sheriff’s deputies, including a potential deal with the Kalispel Tribe. Commissioner Todd Mielke …