Archive for May, 2011
Now that the special session in Olympia is finished and budgets have been passed, it’s time to see how our capital priorities fared (spoiler alert: very well!).
Granted, the operating budget isn’t something anybody we know is celebrating. Cuts to K-12 and higher education, as well as social services and various other programs will hurt a lot of people. We’re all hoping our economy improves so everyone can prosper in all sectors.
As for funding for regional capital projects, let’s see the good news for the greater Spokane region.
Farmers feed you. We don’t often consider that while eating dinner each night, but farming is one of the most important industries on Earth.
The agriculture industry as a whole has a huge impact. In Spokane County alone, it generates $587 million in annual economic impact and 1,576 jobs.
Let’s run down a list of facts you may or may not know about the ag industry.
Updated – June 2
How many of your coworkers are military veterans? Do you know off the top of your head, or would you need to ask around?
While the number of employed veterans in Spokane County (and even the state) is difficult to track, it’s been said that almost nine percent of businesses in the state are veteran-owned. With the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade this Saturday, we thought it’d be a nice idea to explore the ways we support our military, not the least of which is hiring veterans.
GSI Member Since: 2002
How did this Spokane organization divert 5,000 tons of building materials from the waste stream and utilize recyclable goods to build more than 20 affordable homes for local families in need in the last 11 years?
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rebuild. As an ecumenical Christian nonprofit serving families around the world, Habitat for Humanity believes in good stewardship of the resources it’s been given. The Habitat for Humanity Store and others across the nation provide environmentally and socially responsible ways to keep reusable materials out of the waste stream, and provide funding for Habitat’s work to build affordable homes for more than 300,000 families worldwide. Along with countless volunteers and neighbors, Habitat is “eliminating poverty housing in Spokane” – one family at a time.
So how does it work? (more…)
Spokane is the exciting hub of Inland Northwest events and festivals from early May to late September for locals, tourists and everyone else. These events have a huge positive impact on our economy. Don’t believe me? Just take a gander at the numbers below.