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UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Kalispel Tribe opens casino in Cusick

The Kalispel Tribe has opened a new casino in Cusick that is part of a more-than $10 million economic development project that also includes an RV park, storage facility, gas …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Housing shortage looms on Spokane’s West Plains

Job growth will bring thousands of new residents to the West Plains over the next two years. Finding places for them to live will be a challenge.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018

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.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Condon adds real estate broker, political fundraiser to mayor’s office to focus on economic development

Charlie Wolff, of SDS Realty, will focus on the city’s efforts to promote infill development and sell public real estate, the mayor said. Dawn Sugasa, a political fundraiser for the …

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Avista’s community leadership role expected to continue

For more than a century, Avista and Washington Water Power Co. contributed leadership and charitable support to the Spokane area’s economic development and civic betterment initiatives.

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Spokane County, City Hall announce ‘historic’ economic partnership with Spokane International Airport

The establishment of a new public development authority will allow both governments to work to recruit businesses at the West Plains regional transportation and economic hub without fear of competing …

Big Avista project across the railroad tracks from WSU Spokane would spur change in maligned neighborhood

Plans are emerging for a major redevelopment project across the railroad tracks from the WSU Spokane campus.

Lone Star envy: Spokane business group takes a peek to see what it takes to look like Austin

Austin often tops lists of “Coolest American cities.” It’s residents are young, educated and trend-setting and they’re reshaping how Americans think about urban areas.

Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2013

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.”

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 …