The future need for increased numbers of physicians has been clearly demonstrated and the gap between demand and supply is growing. This gap is the largest, and is growing the fastest, in primary care specialties and in rural communities. To meet the need for physician workforce in our region we need to begin producing more physicians locally.
Archive for February, 2011
It’s a good time to give kudos where kudos are due. Actually, it’s always a good time.
Anyway, there’s a lot happening in Spokane worth recognizing. We thought we’d take a moment and highlight a handful of individuals and businesses. (more…)
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Providing local, affordable, healthy grains is the core of Davidson Commodities, Inc. How did this home-grown, family-operated grain-trading company succeed while other trading companies closed their doors? Not only did they survive but are on the verge of expansion as they seek to go national with Mighty Mustard, a non-genetically modified seed improving soil that protects crops. Could this local business become the next trader of biodiesel producing seeds?
Spokane has again proven to be an affordable place to live when compared to other cities in the country by staying below the national cost of living average.
Every year the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) produces an ACCRA Cost of Living Index to provide a useful and accurate way of measuring the cost of living differences in urban areas. The national average composite index is 100, making it easy to compare cost of living. If a city’s cost of living is above 100 then it costs more than the national average, so the lower the number the better. For example, the composite index for Spokane for 2010 is 93.8, which is 6.2% lower than the national average.
Thanks to Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis and the staff at GSI who helped collect the prices of certain goods and services around Spokane, we can compare our cost of living to cities around the country.
GSI compares Spokane’s Cost of Living with “peer cities” which are similar in population, employment and major industry sectors. The peer cities include: Mobile, AL; Tucson, AZ; Colorado Springs, CO; Raleigh, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Reno, NV; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; and Tacoma, WA.
Here are the quick facts: