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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 13, 2015, 11:20 p.m.

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s CEO announces resignation

After only 15 months on the job, the leader of Greater Spokane Incorporated announced Tuesday that he is resigning his post. Steve Stevens announced his resignation, effective Oct. 16, in …


Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Chamber of Commerce’s tourism committee recommended a plan to make Mount Spokane a top tourist attraction.


City Council creates panel to craft paid sick leave legislation

Requiring employers in Spokane to provide workers paid sick leave took another step forward this week. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the formation of a committee comprising health, …


Upbeat Spokane mayor cites progress three years into term

Pacing back and forth at the edge of the stage, far from the lectern but nearer his audience, Spokane Mayor David Condon gave a confident, upbeat appraisal of his first …


Women’s pay 78 percent of men’s in Washington state

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm is all too familiar with the conditions that have led women workers in Washington state to make 78 cents on the dollar compared to their …


Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza’s future

A task force of business leaders met behind closed doors on Wednesday to talk about the future of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in the heart of downtown. The meeting …


Spokane recovery lagging behind

More than 8 million jobs were eliminated across the country by the Great Recession; as the economy contracted, businesses failed or they endured by cutting workers. Spokane County felt its …


Vivint repays $150,000 it received as incentive to set up in Liberty Lake

A Utah company has repaid $150,000 in state incentives it received to start a call center in Liberty Lake, only to close the business within a year. The grant from …


Vivint closing Liberty Lake call center

A Utah company that hoped to create 400 call-center jobs in Spokane County is shutting down, just shy of a year after moving into offices in Liberty Lake. Vivint Inc. …


Inland Northwest leaders ready for annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.

For the 20th year in a row, Greater Spokane Incorporated will send a large delegation of government and business leaders to the nation’s capital next week to lobby for regional …


Greater Spokane Incorporated names Steve Stevens as CEO

Greater Spokane Incorporated has named Steve Stevens its next chief executive officer and president. Stevens, 53, has been CEO and president of the 1,800-member Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.


Aerospace jobs coming to Spokane County, commissioner says

Economic growth in Spokane County may be ready to take off with the expansion of the aerospace industry, county Commissioner Al French said Friday. Spokane is on the verge of …


Spin Control: Spokane community leaders take pilgrimage to Olympia

OLYMPIA – A delegation of more than 80 Spokane-area folks arrived here last week with their annual “agenda” – some might call it a wish list – of things the …


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 …


Mom joining ministry in Rwanda, taking kids with her

Heather Bennett’s new job comes with a lot of change. It’s in a different country on another continent, in a different business and she’ll be surrounded by people who speak …


GSI leader leaving in April

Rich Hadley plans to leave his 20-year career leading the region’s largest chamber of commerce. He will step down in April. Hadley, 66, became chief executive officer and president of …


Spokane OKS early citizen initiative review

The battle at the ballot box briefly entered City Hall on Monday night, as supporters and opponents of Envision Spokane’s Bill of Rights squabbled over changes to the initiative process. …


Two Wheel Transit forges new relationships in Perry District

It’s not unusual for Geoff Forshag to wear several hats – banker, accountant, management consultant. Now that he runs Two Wheel Transit, though, he may have to add another item …


Vivint cleaning up troubles

A Utah company recruited to Liberty Lake to open a call center and sales office has left a trail of consumer complaints across several states, a problem the company has …


Utah firm expands to Liberty Lake

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. Based in …


Exceeding expectations

Spokane’s Riverpoint campus on the eastern edge of downtown is generating $350 million in annual economic impact, the head of a national consulting company told a group of Spokane officials …


Casino opponents criticize tribe-funded study

Critics of the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino and resort at Airway Heights took issue Wednesday with the findings of a consultant’s study that claimed the project poses no threat to …


Spin Control: Lobbying season kicks off in Olympia

OLYMPIA – There may be things for which the Spokane area reasonably envies other communities around the state, but lobbying the Legislature for a list of collective hopes and dreams …


Shawn Vestal: We’ll settle for a less-lousy economy

The local economy is creeping, creeping, creeping its way back – back toward some semblance of the good old days of 2007. At this point, any recovery stands in reference …


Inland Northwest aerospace poised for takeoff

A growing cluster of aerospace companies in the Inland Northwest is reaping the rewards of a global surge in aircraft production. It’s also setting the table for a main course …


Spin Control: Judge dismantles Seattle woman’s ‘birther’ claims

OLYMPIA – It’s Labor Day weekend, the traditional start of serious campaigning, so one can assume the silly season for politics is either over or nearly so. Before the clock …


Angus Meats owners stake reputation on family business

George Stachecki was a meat manager with Allied Foods in the late ’60s when he was transferred to Spokane. Soon afterward, Allied sold its western division, and Stachecki had two …