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

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 3

This week’s question for state legislative candidates: What are some obstacles you foresee for the legislature next session, and how do you plan to overcome them? Over the next few weeks, 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! Click here to read previous Candidate Roundtable Interviews. 3rd District Representative Pos. 1 Marcus Riccelli (Incumbent) “I believe the McCleary decision will be a part of every funding discussion that we will have next session which will make it difficult to garner Continue reading

Prez on the Road with the Spokane Symphony

President & CEO Steve Stevens had the honor of attending a performance of the Spokane Symphony overlooking Spokane at Arbor Crest Winery. The Spokane Symphony and Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox are staples in the community and continue to greatly enhance the arts, culture and vibrancy of our region. Steve had the opportunity to visit with Executive Director, Brenda Nienhouse, who is celebrating her 10th season when the Spokane Symphony kicks off its 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season on opening night on September 20. Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the 70-piece professional orchestra performs for more than 150,000 listeners each season and Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 2

GSI Candidate Roundtable: What are your priorities and goals for your first or next term? 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 Continue reading