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

New President & CEO Speaks at GSI Annual Meeting

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 2014 Annual Meeting last week featured Steve Stevens, GSI’s new president & CEO. Steve has been with GSI now for a little more than two months, but has already been getting very engaged with the community and has started a local business road trip – Prez On the Road. The Annual Meeting was a success with nearly 1,000 in attendance. One top priority for Steve and the organization is to invite all members to get more engaged.  From committee and event involvement, to speaking about your business issues, GSI invites you to participate.  Even if events aren’t right for you, there Continue reading

Prez On the Road with Tyler Lafferty of Seven2

GSI’s president & CEO Steve Stevens sat down to talk with GSI member and entrepreneur Tyler Lafferty about Seven2.  Seven2 is a digital agency whose clients include companies from all over the nation including Disney, at&t, Nickelodeon, Netflix, MTV, and Bravo. Tyler says that when Seven2 clients come to Spokane, they love it.  He says he saw a need and wanted to create a company that would enhance the culture in Spokane. “As an employer, it’s important to have a good, strong, vibrant community,” he says. Tyler and Seven2 are also passionate about education and the role businesses should play in the community to enhance learning and Continue reading

GSI Candidate Roundtable Interview – Part 1

One of our goals at GSI is to keep our members informed about 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 Cowan. Check out which candidates answered this week’s question. QUESTION 1: Why are Continue reading

Congratulations to Our Winner of the Membership Survey Drawing

A BIG congratulations to GSI member Vickie Kelly of tw telecom for winning the Membership Survey drawing!  In late July, an electronic survey was sent out to each and every member of GSI. Thank you to all 241 members that took the survey. Your feedback is extremely valuable. GSI is now working to analyze the data further, and will incorporate your feedback, suggestions and comments into our planning process.

GSI President & CEO Steve Stevens Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s new president & CEO Steve Stevens took the ice bucket challenge today in downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park. It was a refreshing experience. Go Team Gleason! Steve challenges Jeff Philipps of Rosauers Supermarkets, Inc.; Christine Johnson of Community Colleges of Spokane; and Mike Senske of Pearson Packaging. You have 24 hours.      

Burton Construction Showing Why It Pays To Contract With The Government

We all love a success story, right? Good. So let us tell you about Burton Construction, a local firm and GSI member that has experienced a lot of success in the Government Contracting realm. Burton began winning federal contracts in 1998 and significant state contracts in 2004. Since 2000, Burton has been awarded more than 1,200 contracts worth more than $200 million. What Burton has going for it – other than a proven track record of good work – is a number of designations the federal government looks for when awarding certain contracts: Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Minority-Owned Small Continue reading

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