Spokane In Olympia Day 3: Governor’s Reception, DOC Discussion & Heading Home

We finished strong in Olympia with a reception at the Governor’s mansion last night and the Spokane Business Breakfast this morning. The Grand Reception is the culmination of our trip, allowing our Spokane delegation to network with legislators, agency officials, and each Our other in a more intimate setting than the offices of the Capitol. Steve Stevens introduced Governor Jay Inslee, who welcomed our delegation to the mansion and expressed his support for a Transportation Package that includes funding for the North Spokane Corridor. We wrapped up our week in Olympia this morning at the Spokane Business Breakfast with Kris Johnson from the Continue reading

Spokane in Olympia Day 2 Wrap-up: Health Care, Carbon Footprints & Collaborative Engagement

State Representatives during today’s issues sessions were optimistic and appreciative of the unified voice being presented at the Capitol by our delegation. Our group was repeatedly assured that the attention and continued engagement as a holistic business community was recognized throughout the Legislature as an effort that worked toward prosperity for all. A major focus of today’s issues sessions was health care. Representatives from both sides of the aisle made mention of how imperative it is to pay attention to the need for specialized health care, “Outside of education, probably nothing impacts us as much as health care,” said Senator Michael Baumgartner Continue reading

Spokane in Olympia Day 1 Wrap-up: Budget, Transportation & Education

As we head in to Day #2, here’s a wrap-up our first day’s high points: The top story during our first day in Olympia? All four Transportation Committee leaders from both houses: Senators King and Hobbs, as well as Representatives Clibborn and Orcutt, each stated that a transportation package was very likely, and that there’s a good chance it would include several Spokane County projects, including the North Spokane Corridor. Transportation projects rank high on the GSI 2015 State Legislative Priority Agenda, and this news from house leaders is excellent for our region because this infrastructure is critical to our Continue reading

Vote Yes for School Bonds and Levies – Education is at the Heart of a Healthy Economy

Education is at the Heart of a Healthy Economy We encourage you to Vote Yes for School Bonds and Levies that are on the February 10 ballot. Bonds and Levies fund the most important asset we have to ensure our community has a strong workforce to fill jobs in our community – and support the health of our economy. Why Vote Yes for School Bonds and Levies? Bonds are necessary to provide infrastructure and technology updates and keep our kids safe at school.  Levies make up 20% of public school district budgets, and support things like important extracurricular activities, technology, essential school supplies, Continue reading

GSI Fly-In: Heading to Olympia

More than 130 greater-Spokane community leaders will be in Olympia this week to meet with agency representatives, staff, and elected officials to continue advocating GSI’s 2015 State Legislative Priority Agenda on behalf of the region. This is important work because although the issues, legislators, and leadership at the state capitol continually change, GSI maintains a consistent presence in the policy-making process to ensure continual progress of the local and statewide business climate. You may have heard that medical education in Spokane could be expanding significantly within the next several years. Washington State University has proposed plans to initiate a fully accredited, independent four-year medical school Continue reading

Prez on the Road with Wayne Williams of Telect

If you’re watching this on your computer or on your mobile device, there’s a good chance Telect had a hand in making that possible. GSI President & CEO, Steve Stevens, recently paid a visit to Wayne Williams, President & CEO of Telect, to learn a little more about the work they do and how their business has continued to grow, change and challenge the status quo for more than 32 years. Headquartered in Liberty Lake, WA, with facilities in Texas and Mexico, Telect is a leader in the communications network infrastructure industry that designs, manufactures and integrates copper, fiber, power, and Continue reading

Let’s Go Global!

During my first 10 months at GSI I served as Economic Development Coordinator. In that time I learned a great deal about the assets and strengths of the business community here in Spokane, my hometown. This region produces amazing products and services, and I look forward to working with you all in taking them to global markets as I settle into my new position of Business Development & International Trade Manager. In recent months our International Trade program has restructured itself to better serve our membership, and the regional business community as a whole. Many of your businesses already have Continue reading

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

In March 2014 more than 35 community and business leaders gathered for a strategic visioning session that ultimately culminated in my joining GSI as Entrepreneurship Program Director at the beginning of this month. The position was identified as a critical component for the Spokane region to help bolster and support entrepreneurship and sustainable economic growth. Connecting, collaborating and creating are all crucial parts of development and they can’t be done in a vacuum. Whether you’re interested in talking about startup business resources, mentorship or using workspace at Share Space Spokane, I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me an email Continue reading

Help Spokane win The Salvation Army Red Kettle Challenge!

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and Spokane Mayor David Condon will go kettle-to-kettle this Saturday in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Challenge to raise money that will help those in need this holiday season and throughout 2015. The event caps the 12 Days of #GivingSpokane, a movement of everyday people coming together to do extraordinary things. On December 13, between 10am and 7pm, Mayor Condon and his team of volunteers will raise money for The Salvation Army at the Fred Meyer store on Third. GSI‘s CEO, Steve Stevens, will be ringing the bell for Mayor Condon’s Red Kettle Challenge team during the 5-7pm shift, Continue reading

CEO Blog: Creating an Agenda is Tough, But the Hard Work is Just Beginning

Acting as the region’s leading voice for business and communities is no easy task. Advocacy is enough of a challenge, but the process to create the priority agenda we want to advocate can offer even greater difficulty. Since coming to Washington less than six months ago, I have repeatedly heard from individuals throughout the area that the regional agenda articulated by GSI for the past several years in Olympia and Washington, DC, was both too long and in need of focus. Clearly, it was time for us to embark on a new strategy to strengthen our advocacy efforts. With numerous business Continue reading