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Wagstaff Inc. launches production, manufacturing academy to spur interest in skilled trades

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.


Former GSI executive Maria Vandervert transitions from business advocate to owner

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.


GSI headquarters undergoing $400,000 renovation

The first two floors of the Spokane Regional Business Center is undergoing major renovation, according to city permit data.


Todd Mielke: Career Connected Learning strengthens employer-educator partnerships

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 6:51 a.m.

State of the County: West Plains growth focus of county’s economic efforts, Kuney says

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Megan Hulsey helps spark entrepreneurs in Spokane

As entrepreneur program manager for StartUp Spokane, Megan Hulsey helps people turn their business ideas into reality.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Small Business Saturday events in Spokane include breakfast, scavenger hunt

Spokane merchants are promoting Small Business Saturday with a free continental breakfast and a downtown scavenger hunt.


Startup Spokane helps local entrepreneurs develop their ideas, launch companies

Startup Spokane returns this weekend for its 11th round of coaching entrepreneurs through creating a company in 54 hours.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Job growth, affordable housing could bring nearly 15,000 new residents to Spokane-Coeur d’Alene metro area in 2019

About 740,000 people live in the greater Spokane-Coeur d’Alene metro area, and that figure could swell by nearly 15,000 next year if the projected growth rate pans out.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Former GSI employee to lead statewide focus on growing Washington’s aerospace industry

Robin Toth helped Eastern Washington’s aerospace manufacturing industry grow through her job at Greater Spokane Incorporated.


More Washington workers could be eligible for overtime under proposed change

Changes to Washington’s overtime rules could significantly boost the number of professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

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.


Amazon roll-out in Spokane follows growth in Prime subscriptions; among 7 fulfillment centers announced this year

Amazon’s desire to be closer to your doorstep is behind the company’s plans for a massive distribution center near the Spokane International Airport.


Amazon brings its order fulfillment machine to Spokane

Online retail giant Amazon is now officially putting down roots in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Amazon confirms plans for fulfillment center near airport

After months of speculation, Amazon confirmed it’s the entity behind a huge warehouse planned near Spokane International Airport.


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Greater Spokane Incorporated honored for supporting Fairchild Air Force Base

Greater Spokane Incorporated has won the 2017 Abilene Trophy, an annual award recognizing a community that is most supportive of its local Air Force base.


If Boeing builds new jetliner in Washington, Spokane manufacturers would benefit, leaders say

If Boeing builds a new, mid-sized airplane in Washington, Spokane could land more high-paying jobs in aerospace manufacturing.


Conceptual plans filed with Spokane County for Amazon-like warehouse near the airport

An unnamed company has submitted conceptual plans for a huge warehouse near the Spokane International Airport. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday on whether the e-commerce giant was checking …


From combines on ice to a lonely buffalo, Myrna O’Leary retiring after overseeing ‘30 great shows’

Myrna O’Leary is retiring this year as director of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Farm Forum. She’s been involved with the show for 30 years, which brings about 5,000 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

GSI’s 2-inch-thick proposal for Amazon HQ2 emphasizes Spokane’s ‘talent pipeline’

Spokane’s business leaders played up the area’s colleges and universities as a “talent pipeline” in their pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

GSI sees value in Amazon headquarters bid despite exec’s comments about Pacific Northwest’s chances

Hours after a top executive said Amazon isn’t likely to build its second headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, the company issued a statement backing away from his statement.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Amazon wants 100 acres. Where could a development that large go?

As Greater Spokane Incorporated crafts a pitch for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, real estate is an important consideration. The company wants 100 acres to accommodate rapid growth.


Spokane encouraged to think big in Amazon HQ2 bid

Greater Spokane Incorporated is honing its pitch to Amazon for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters, with input from local business and community leaders.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Spokane, other cities are problem-solvers in dysfunctional political world, Urban scholar tells GSI meeting

In a speech before Greater Spokane Incorporated members that went around the world, urban scholar Bruce Katz of The Brookings Institution kept returning to Spokane and its ability to shape …


Hey Amazon, what about us? Spokane-area joins competition for retail giant’s second headquarters

Spokane is joining the stampede of cities competing to become Amazon’s second headquarters. The e-commerce giant will announce its selection next year.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

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 …


Editorial: How should the city handle economic development?

The City Council has room for improvement, in its approach to the Spokane area’s economy.


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 9:24 p.m.

Alisha Benson named interim CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated after Steve Stevens’ abrupt resignation

Alisha Benson has been named interim CEO of Greater Spokane Inc. after the resignation of Steve Stevens.