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AGORA Awards business finalists announced

Eighteen businesses have been selected as finalists for this year’s AGORA Awards, which recognize business excellence throughout the Spokane region.

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 solicit input from area companies about Spokane’s business climate and seeks to end conflicts of interest in joint federal lobbying efforts.

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 Rich Hadley in October when the topic came up. Mielke and fellow Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn were preparing the next day to endorse longtime county employee Gerry Gemmill as their next chief executive, after Mielke failed to gain Commissioner Al French’s support for the job in May.

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s CEO announces resignation

After only 15 months on the job, the leader of Greater Spokane Incorporated announced Tuesday that he is resigning his post. Steve Stevens announced his resignation, effective Oct. 16, in an email sent to GSI board members Tuesday evening.

Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race and add protections against termination.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Chamber of Commerce’s tourism committee recommended a plan to make Mount Spokane a top tourist attraction.

City Council creates panel to craft paid sick leave legislation

Requiring employers in Spokane to provide workers paid sick leave took another step forward this week. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the formation of a committee comprising health, labor and business representatives to help craft a paid-leave law.

Upbeat Spokane mayor cites progress three years into term

Pacing back and forth at the edge of the stage, far from the lectern but nearer his audience, Spokane Mayor David Condon gave a confident, upbeat appraisal of his first three years in office in his annual State of the City address, noting that much of his administration’s work at City Hall began with the premise: “What would happen if?” Condon pointed to changes at the city during his tenure, including a revamped plan to keep pollutants out of the river, the hiring of more police officers, and the success of the Riverfront Park bond and street levy.

Women’s pay 78 percent of men’s in Washington state

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm is all too familiar with the conditions that have led women workers in Washington state to make 78 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. As a young nightly TV news anchor in South Dakota, Mumm was tasked with writing scripts, producing shows and appearing in front of the camera. In spite of those tasks – above and beyond those of her male co-anchor – Mumm earned $10,000 less annually, she said.

Economists say local job growth may slow

The Inland Northwest economy in 2015 will roll on at a modest pace, two economists said Tuesday during the annual Greater Spokane Incorporated forecast breakfast. Just don’t expect it to pick up speed, said Avista Chief Economist Grant Forsyth and former US Bank economist John Mitchell.

Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza’s future

A task force of business leaders met behind closed doors on Wednesday to talk about the future of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in the heart of downtown. The meeting comes after business interests persuaded the STA board in July to postpone until November a vote on moving ahead with a $5.8 million remodel of the plaza, the city’s central bus station.

Spokane recovery lagging behind

More than 8 million jobs were eliminated across the country by the Great Recession; as the economy contracted, businesses failed or they endured by cutting workers. Spokane County felt its share of that pain with the loss of 14,200 payroll jobs between mid-2008 and mid-2010. Kootenai County was hit hard as well, losing 8,600 payroll jobs, according to federal data.

Vivint repays $150,000 it received as incentive to set up in Liberty Lake

A Utah company has repaid $150,000 in state incentives it received to start a call center in Liberty Lake, only to close the business within a year. The grant from the Washington Department of Commerce was provided to Vivint, a Provo, Utah, company that sells home automation, energy and security systems.

Vivint closing Liberty Lake call center

A Utah company that hoped to create 400 call-center jobs in Spokane County is shutting down, just shy of a year after moving into offices in Liberty Lake. Vivint Inc. said Tuesday it is closing the Liberty Lake location on June 27.

Inland Northwest leaders ready for annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.

For the 20th year in a row, Greater Spokane Incorporated will send a large delegation of government and business leaders to the nation’s capital next week to lobby for regional economic concerns. GSI President and CEO Rich Hadley will lead the group of 40, his last such trip before he retires from 20 years of heading the local chamber of commerce.