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Thursday, October 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane County uses COVID-19 aid to launch $10.8 million hospitality grant program

Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible. 

Spokane County faces $11 million shortfall in 2021 budget

Spokane County's preliminary budget was released Tuesday and the county is facing an estimated $11 million shortfall, which they hope to address with early retirements, cutting costs and potentially dipping into reserves.

Nadine Woodward details homeless services, shelter vision

The outline presented by Woodward to the Spokane City Council includes plans for regional collaboration with Spokane County and Spokane Valley. In addition to an emergency shelter, the city is looking to establish a "bridge shelter" that would require a referral and work to get people in their own housing. 

Shawn Vestal: Spotlight is on county as it decides how to dole out $90M in federal relief funds

Some $90 million in federal emergency funds with almost no strings attached are headed toward Spokane County – and with it are coming criticisms of County Commissioner Al French’s initial signals that he wants to use the money not to offset financial emergencies such as rent or child care, but to develop a longer-view plan to boost the economy and support businesses.