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As the region slowly rebounds from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic that caused businesses to temporarily close and companies cut jobs, local economists on Tuesday said a COVID-19 vaccine or second federal stimulus package will be the key to a full economic recovery.
Greater Spokane Incorporated has reopened a coronavirus-relief grant program to assist small businesses and nonprofits.
GSI, the region's economic development organization and chamber of commerce, hired Gary Ballew as vice president of economic development, effective Sept. 8.
New public service campaign from Greater Spokane Inc., and created by the marketing firm Desautel Hege, urges Spokane area residents to "Spread Kindness, Not COVID-19."
Thousands of area small businesses will now able to ensure safety of their employees and customers with free personal protective equipment provided by Spokane County and Greater Spokane Incorporated.
Small businesses will soon have access to free hand sanitizer, disinfectant and PPE at a supply drive through at the Spokane County Fairgrounds later this month.
Greater Spokane Incorporated is launching a new, two-week online event series that connects local chefs and restaurants with the community.
Greater Spokane Incorporated and local business organizations launched a digital tool to help businesses determine availability of local, state and federal programs to assist with mitigating COVID-19 impact. “There is a vast array of resources, relief and assistance at the local, state and federal levels to assist businesses in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency,” Alisha Benson, CEO of GSI said in a statement. “We appreciate the complexity of the response and want to help individual businesses connect to resources they need.”
The national economy has been placed in a medically induced coma by the unprecedented government response to the novel coronavirus, the chief investment officer for Washington Trust Bank told members of Spokane’s chamber of commerce Friday. It may be several months before the full ramifications of that decision are known and felt in the Inland Northwest, Steve Scranton told a virtual audience of roughly 300 people gathered by Greater Spokane Incorporated on Zoom.
As Spokane has gained nationwide recognition for its job growth, real estate market, affordability and quality of life – it’s time to think forward for the region, said Alisha Benson, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated at the organization’s annual event.
Greater Spokane Incorporated has joined a statewide coalition to bring economic development funding to rural and border counties via a bill that will have a hearing before the House Finance Committee next week.
Although the region experienced gains in employment, wages, population and housing as the United States marked its longest economic expansion in history earlier this year, local economists predict regional growth could slow going into 2020.
Greater Spokane Incorporated has launched a new economic development website to showcase the region’s ability to support business and workforce growth.
After more than three years as CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, Todd Mielke announced he’s resigning from the organization effective Tuesday to pursue “other professional opportunities.”
Organizers selected 20 students from a list of applicants, who will receive training, school credit and a $2,000 stipend during the four-week program.
Maria Vandervert, who was GSI’s vice president of marketing and communications, transitioned to a part-time role in the organization this month to focus on developing Dragonfly Urban Farm.
The first two floors of the Spokane Regional Business Center is undergoing major renovation, according to city permit data.
Career Connected Learning will help give students – regardless of their economic status – a chance to thrive in a robust economy. It will help keep the greater Spokane area competitive and economically vibrant.
Teamwork is helping Spokane County make great strides with criminal justice reform and economic development, Commissioner Mary Kuney said in her first State of the County address Friday.
As entrepreneur program manager for StartUp Spokane, Megan Hulsey helps people turn their business ideas into reality.