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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 …


Three new planning commissioners picked in Valley

The Spokane Valley City Council gave the planning commission a shot of new blood Tuesday night. Council members appointed retired metal fabricator Kevin Anderson, business owner Christina Carlsen and kindergarten …


Jensen-Byrd plans on hold for at least a year

Washington State University officials say they’ll wait a year or more before reconsidering the fate of the empty Jensen-Byrd building on the edge of downtown Spokane’s University District. What they …


Eye on Boise: Expansions, new companies stir jobs buzz

BOISE – Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer is crowing about company expansions and recruitments that are running far ahead of expectations, just a month into the state’s new …


Some employers push to expand rights

BOISE – Idaho hasn’t yet seen its business recruitment efforts affected by the state’s lack of a nondiscrimination law covering sexual orientation, but the experience of neighboring Utah suggests that …


Land near Fairchild readied for future

Spokane County is launching an environmental assessment on 140 acres it owns near Fairchild Air Force Base in an effort to make the land attractive to employers who would bring …


Development panel draws 19 hopefuls

The city of Spokane Valley received 19 applications for its new Economic Development ad hoc committee and the City Council was so pleased by the response that they agreed to …


City mulls street fixes

The need to pay for street preservation ran headlong into the Spokane Valley City Council’s often-stated opposition to new taxes during the council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. No one argued …


Idaho Rep. Henderson, 89, pushes economic development

BOISE – Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, who at 89 is the oldest member of the Idaho Legislature, is pushing legislation this year he says will directly create dozens of jobs …


Getting There: Leaders work to draw companies to West Plains

Local leaders hope that a sprawling new Caterpillar Logistics plant on the West Plains is the first in a series of new business arrivals near the airport. Vacant land surrounding …


Train crossing options examined

Spokane Valley interim Deputy City Manager Roger Crum presented the Spokane Valley City Council with a comprehensive look at the possibility of using quiet zones or wayside horns to eliminate …


Permit process addressed

Spokane Valley’s new community development director, John Hohman, presented his action plan to improve the city’s permit process to the City Council this week, calling it a “roadmap.” The department …


State technology agencies merged

Starting this week, Sirti becomes Innovate Washington. The name change reflects a stronger, clearer focus by state leaders on technology products as an engine for economic development.


Valley council cites interest in developing local economy

The Spokane Valley City Council took its first solid bite at the often mentioned economic development issue, spending nearly two hours discussing how the city should move forward with short …


Caterpillar to open big distribution center on West Plains

A division of Caterpillar Inc. will open a new parts distribution center on the West Plains that will employ 100 to 150, the company announced this morning.


City Council ponders budget

The Spokane Valley City Council spent the entire day Tuesday discussing the city’s 2012 budget with city staff. The council’s finance committee, which includes Mayor Tom Towey, directed the department …


Banner year for approved patents

For the first time in more than a decade, Spokane County inventors landed more than 100 patents in a single year last year. At the same time, the past decade …


Idaho in low-wage trap

Idaho is caught in a low-skill, low-wage jobs trap, according to a new analysis by retired University of Idaho agricultural economist Stephen Cooke. The professor, who retired in December, has …


Sorry Spokane, Google chooses Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — After seeing Facebook pleas and flash mobs, and even cities temporarily renaming themselves “Google,” the search engine giant said Wednesday it has chosen Kansas City, …


Street maintenance dominates Spokane Valley City Council’s winter retreat

The Spokane Valley City Council covered a wide range of topics during its annual winter retreat Tuesday, but the conversation kept circling back to one issue: finding funding to pay …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe makes its mark on economy

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has become one of North Idaho’s largest employers, issuing paychecks to nearly 1,700 people last year. Only Kootenai Health, which operates Kootenai Medical Center, a cancer …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe climbs ranks of Idaho employers

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has become one of North Idaho’s largest employers, issuing paychecks to nearly 1,700 people last year.


Grants help rural networks

The Port of Whitman County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe are each getting federal stimulus money to provide fiber optic networks to businesses and residents. The port’s $9.8 million award …


Spokane economic official steps down

Citing concerns about her inability to “change the culture” at City Hall, Spokane’s top economic development official has submitted her resignation. Theresa Sanders, director of planning, community and economic development, …


Spokane Valley, GSI address differences

Greater Spokane Inc. intends to earn its full $60,000 donation from Spokane Valley next year with a strategy to market the city’s Sprague-Appleway Revitalization plan to businesses around the country. …


Valley, GSI working out differences

Greater Spokane Inc. intends to earn its full $60,000 donation from Spokane Valley next year with a strategy to market the city’s Sprague-Appleway Revitalization plan to businesses around the country. …


Blazing trails to the future

Miles of trails and logging roads meander through public and private land stretching between Spirit Lake and Mount Spokane State Park. Now the small North Idaho city is eyeing those …


Public hearing Monday on Playfair site

Spokane city officials are ready to take the next step in turning the old Playfair racecourse property into a site for new jobs or other potential uses. City Council has …


Events help fend off tourism drop

Ironman and Hoopfest don’t just draw hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators to the Inland Northwest each June. The back-to-back weekend events lure visitors’ dollars, filling hotels and restaurants …


Development staff spreading out

Washington’s economic development agency is moving staff from Olympia into other regions in an effort to better align state resources with local priorities. But the affected division of the Department …