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
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
Greater Spokane Incorporated hosted its Business AfterSchool Manufacturing Week series by bringing area students, educators and parents into our local manufacturing community to provide a real-life look at the manufacturing industry, and the education and skills required to work in the field. This face-to-face experience provided students with a chance to see the application of STEM subjects brought to life in a high-tech world. Seven businesses and more than 30 professionals hosted approximately 71 students, 17 teachers, and five parents for a two-hour workshop that provided an interactive experience and a tour of their manufacturing facilities. Workshop hosts included: BayShore System, Inc. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.