Spokane STEM Network: Math Is Cool

The Spokane STEM Network works to transform the way we think, learn, work and live through STEM by enhancing STEM education opportunities for all youth in the region and by increasing the number of students pursuing and achieving success in STEM careers. Nearly 30 percent of the fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and the largest gaps between workforce demands and supply are all STEM-related careers.  With that in mind, here’s some exciting news recently shared with Spokane STEM from Saint George’s School: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           OCTOBER 24, 2014 Continue reading

Business AfterSchool: Manufacturing Week

Greater Spokane Incorporated hosted its Business AfterSchool Manufacturing Week series by bringing area students, educators and parents into our local manufacturing community to provide a real-life look at the manufacturing industry, and the education and skills required to work in the field. This face-to-face experience provided students with a chance to see the application of STEM subjects brought to life in a high-tech world. Seven businesses and more than 30 professionals hosted approximately 71 students, 17 teachers, and five parents for a two-hour workshop that provided an interactive experience and a tour of their manufacturing facilities. Workshop hosts included: BayShore System, Inc. Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 8

What are your hopes for your district and how do you plan to realize them? One of our goals at GSI is to keep our members informed on public policy issues that could affect their business. That is why we are hosting an online candidate forum for all state legislative candidates running in Spokane County this year. Don’t know which district you live in?  Find out here! If you’re interested in hearing more from local candidates, then be sure to join GSI as we host the United States 5th Congressional District candidates for a debate on national issues that have Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable – Part 7

How can the legislature encourage a healthy economy across Washington and in the Spokane region, specifically? GSI is hosting an online candidate forum for all state legislative candidates running in Spokane County this year.  Don’t know which district you live in?  Find out here! If you’re interested in hearing more from local candidates, then be sure to join GSI as we host the United States 5th Congressional District candidates for a debate on national issues that have a direct effect on our local community. Visit our the Business Advocacy section of our blog for more questions posed to the candidates. Each Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 6

What pro-business policies are you planning to put forward or support this session? One of our goals at GSI is to keep our members informed on public policy issues that could affect their business.  That is why we are hosting an online candidate forum for all state legislative candidates running in Spokane County this year.  Don’t know which district you live in?  Find out here! Each week, we will be posting all of the answers to a different question in anticipation of our October Good Morning Greater Spokane event where we will host a forum between Senator Baumgartner and Rich Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 5

One of our goals at GSI is to keep our members informed on public policy issues that could affect their business.  That is why we are hosting an online candidate forum for all state legislative candidates running in Spokane County this year. Don’t know which district you live in?  Find out here! Don’t forget that the last day to register to vote in November’s election is October 6!  Register here! Each week, we will be posting all of the answers to a different question in anticipation of our October Good Morning Greater Spokane event where we will host a forum Continue reading

GSI Launches New Public Policy Committees

GSI invites you to get involved in our new Public Policy committee groups. In collaboration with members and community leaders, GSI is working to strengthen its advocacy efforts for the region, as well as regional advocacy efforts in Olympia and Washington D.C., and we need your industry expertise to sharpen our message and to create the loudest and most influential voice during our fly-ins and member visits to both state and nation capitols. Over the past several months, the GSI staff has been working closely with GSI Public Policy chairs on a new committee structure for GSI.  The end result is Continue reading

Prez On the Road with Philip Mezey of Itron

GSI President & CEO Steve Stevens recently visited with Itron President & CEO Philip Mezey to learn more about the company and its presence in Liberty Lake and the Spokane region. Itron, whose global headquarters are right here in Spokane, is a world-leading energy and water solutions company and serves more than 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Locally, Itron employs approximately 650 people who support the company through research and development, marketing, software, hardware development and more.  

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 4

How do you think the McCleary decision mandate should be funded? One of our goals at GSI is to keep our members informed on public policy issues that could affect their business.  That is why we are hosting an online candidate forum for all state legislative candidates running in Spokane County this year.  Don’t know which district you live in?  Find out here! Each week, we are posting answers to different questions in anticipation of our October Good Morning Greater Spokane event where we will host a forum between Senator Baumgartner and Rich Cowan.  Check out which candidates answered this week’s question Continue reading

Education Grows Economies

Education was the hot topic at last Friday’s Good Morning Greater Spokane breakfast. The program featured a panel of business and higher education leaders that talked about the current and future state of education, and the critical need for education funding, as the US competes with the rest of the world for skilled and qualified employees to support their businesses. GSI also officially announced its support for the Bond and Levy issues that will be on the ballot on February 10, 2015. Not only do the bonds and levies make up 20% of public school district budgets, and support things Continue reading