Appreciating Our Volunteers

Greater Spokane Incorporated has about 800 volunteers on a number of committees and work groups. Without those volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to work toward establishing four years of medical education in Spokane, or protect Fairchild Air Force Base, or help pass all 14 Spokane County school district levies, or put on a successful Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, for some examples. So to thank our volunteers, we took them to Arbor Crest for a relaxing evening with wine, music and fellowship with other GSI volunteers. Photos courtesy of GSI Ambassador Gary Lirette of Northwest Office Technologies    

Prez on the Road: PAML

President & CEO Steve Stevens took a tour of PAML last week as part of his introductory tour of the Spokane community. PAML is a health care solutions company and full-service reference laboratory headquartered in Spokane, owned by Providence Health & Services and Catholic Health Initiatives. Due to the rapidly evolving health care market, PAML has developed a nationally recognized Laboratory Outreach Program, partnering with community-based hospitals across the nation. Today it has more than 700 employees in Spokane and 1,750 employees nationwide. PAML was also recently featured on Lifetime Television. Previously in Prez on the Road

Prez on the Road: Share Space Spokane

Share Space Spokane is a co-working location in the Steam Plant Square for entrepreneurs and startup companies to use as they develop their business or product. Greater Spokane Incorporated manages Share Space. Steve Stevens, as part of his tour of our community, took a quick visit to the space to see what it is and how entrepreneurs can use it. Currently, entrepreneurs can use Share Space for $75 a month or $30 for five visits. The space features a conference room, kitchen, lockers, restrooms and an outdoor patio for events. Previously in Prez on the Road  

Prez on the Road: Good Morning Greater Spokane

We host a monthly membership breakfast that features a different topic each month. These programs are a great way for business folks to meet others, learn about a particular industry or issue and be engaged with GSI and its membership. Steve Stevens attended his first Good Morning Greater Spokane program this morning, where agribusiness industry reps talked about their industry and how technology is changing the way farmers and ranchers work. For instance, did you know the local Darigold plant in Spokane employs 91 people and produces 255 million gallons of milk a year? Or that combines nowadays have wi-fi Continue reading

Solving the Food Truck Issue in Spokane

The Spokane City Council recently and unanimously passed two ordinances licensing and regulating the burgeoning food truck industry in Spokane. Getting to this point, though, took some work. That’s why we stepped in and helped bring the interested parties together to find a solution. It all began when City of Spokane staff presented draft regulations for local food trucks to City Council on May 20. At the City Council meeting, representatives from 13 different food trucks banded together to oppose the ordinance. The Council postponed the ordinance for one month to work out the parts that brought disagreement. Because this Continue reading

GSI Gains National Recognition for its Work in Education and Workforce

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has recognized Greater Spokane Incorporated’s (GSI) work in education and workforce as a national case study. GSI joined six other communities in being recognized. As a business-focused organization, GSI realizes the importance of a good education in creating a strong business community. That’s why GSI supports a community goal of having at least 60 percent of adults in Spokane County having achieved at least a certificate, two-year degree or greater by 2025. “This national recognition is the result of the community working together to take advantage of the opportunity to do something special,” Continue reading

Prez on the Road: Spokane Community College

Steve Stevens is the new President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. As he settles in, he’ll be meeting with key folks and touring various businesses and organizations in the region. Steve’s first stop this week was at Spokane Community College, where he learned about what Technical Education programs the school offers. He also toured the Composite Lab and Felts Field, where the Aviation Maintenance program is housed.

Watch as Saint George’s Students Launch a Weather Balloon 100,000 Feet into the Sky

Students at Saint George’s School in north Spokane engineered a weather balloon and launched it into the sky above the north Spokane school and has the video to prove it. The students also used weather patterns to calculate where the balloon would land near Ritzville, Wash. More from Spokane STEM.

Lobbying Congress to Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

What do you know about the Export-Import Bank? The Export-Import Bank – commonly referred to as Ex-Im Bank – provides loans and insurance to companies exporting goods and services. The bank is up for reauthorization Oct. 1 and without it, companies like Boeing and a lot of small businesses – including some in the Spokane region – will have a difficult time finding financing for their exports. We touched on this subject when we were in Washington D.C. in April. Congress’ reauthorization of the Ex-Im bank traditionally hasn’t been a problem. But this year is different. Some critics say the Continue reading

International Trade Missions Help Businesses Find New Contacts

For some businesses, their customers don’t begin and end where their area code does. Some businesses look for customers near and far – really far, in fact. We’re talking about international trade, which impacts a lot of area businesses. The Spokane region has a wealth of businesses exporting goods and services to more than 100 countries. Some exporters in our region include Itron (exports to more than 30 countries), Commercial Creamery (exports to Asia), Spokane Seed (exports to India, the Philippines, South America and Spain), HOTSTART (exports to 110 countries) and many more. In 2012 (the latest data available), Spokane Continue reading