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

Legislative Forum & Reception Recap

At GSI’s recent Annual Legislative Forum and Reception, our Public Policy Council Co-Chair, Tom Reese, presented the 2015 State Legislative Priority Agenda, our state lobbyist, Jim Hedrick, facilitated a thoughtful dialogue among the panelists, and everyone enjoyed the networking opportunities at the reception. The conversations that took center stage during the forum revolved around education, transportation, and medical education. The legislators who participated on the panel indicated that education would undoubtedly be a top issue this session due to the McCleary decision and the passage of Initiative 1351, but there were still some clear distinctions in opinion. Senator Baumgartner emphasized the Continue reading

Federal Projects Submission Forms now available!

Each year GSI members are invited to submit items for consideration for GSI’s Federal Agenda. Now is the time for 2015 submissions! The Agenda is a representation of our region’s priority projects and will be taken to Washington DC in April to advocate on behalf of our region and our business community. The process requires an online packet submission as well as an in-person presentation to the Public Policy Council. Please note that submission must be turned in by noon on December 10 in order to be considered.   This year’s projects will be prioritized based on the project’s regional economic impact, collaboration, and Continue reading

Networking Events: Make them work for you

Our awesome Events staff plans, coordinates and executes more than 100 events each year. From great big annual affairs like the Economic Forecast and the AGORA Awards to smaller monthly gatherings, like Good Morning Greater Spokane and Business After Hours, GSI events offer a great chance to connect with new people who will hopefully, over time and with intentional effort, become meaningful — and rewarding — business relationships. We know you’re busy and some weeks your calendar is so full there’s just no way you can squeeze in another appointment. That’s why we want to make sure that when you do make time to Continue reading

2015 Economic Forecast Presentations

At this morning’s 2015 Economic Forecast economists Dr. John Mitchell and Dr. Grant Forsyth shared their insights and predictions about the year to come. The pdf files below contain the slides they used during their presentations. Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Forsyth have generously allowed GSI to share these documents with you, but for a limited time. We will remove these slides from our website on December 4. Mitchell Econ Forecast 2015 Forsyth Econ Forecast 2015

GSI Hires Entrepreneurship Program Director

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Arnold for the position of Entrepreneurship Program Director. This new position will be responsible for the leadership and guidance of the local and regional entrepreneur ecosystem, and GSI’s Startup Spokane program. An experienced entrepreneur, Ryan formed his own company, Sightline Energy, a consultant firm to the architecture and engineering industries to assist them in navigating the increasingly complex energy-efficiency and building-sustainability field. In addition, Ryan and a partner founded the Innovation Collective, a Coeur d’Alene-based entrepreneur-support organization that is focused on providing events and education, the alignment of Continue reading

GSI Members Celebrate Success!

Spokane HOPE School Did you know Spokane is home to the region’s only listening and spoken language preschool for children with hearing loss? Located within the Washington State University/Eastern Washington University Hearing and Speech Clinic, the Spokane HOPE School (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art preschool for families who want their deaf and hard of hearing children to learn to listen and talk. Spokane HOPE School will celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary with an Open House this Thursday, November 6, at The HOPE School, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd. from 4:30-6, with a Greater Spokane Incorporated ribbon cutting ceremony Continue reading

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