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

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

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    

Prez on the Road: PAML

President & CEO Steve Stevens took a tour of PAML last week as part of his introductory tour of the Spokane community. PAML is a health care solutions company and full-service reference laboratory headquartered in Spokane, owned by Providence Health & Services and Catholic Health Initiatives. Due to the rapidly evolving health care market, PAML has developed a nationally recognized Laboratory Outreach Program, partnering with community-based hospitals across the nation. Today it has more than 700 employees in Spokane and 1,750 employees nationwide. PAML was also recently featured on Lifetime Television. Previously in Prez on the Road

Prez on the Road: Share Space Spokane

Share Space Spokane is a co-working location in the Steam Plant Square for entrepreneurs and startup companies to use as they develop their business or product. Greater Spokane Incorporated manages Share Space. Steve Stevens, as part of his tour of our community, took a quick visit to the space to see what it is and how entrepreneurs can use it. Currently, entrepreneurs can use Share Space for $75 a month or $30 for five visits. The space features a conference room, kitchen, lockers, restrooms and an outdoor patio for events. Previously in Prez on the Road  

Prez on the Road: Good Morning Greater Spokane

We host a monthly membership breakfast that features a different topic each month. These programs are a great way for business folks to meet others, learn about a particular industry or issue and be engaged with GSI and its membership. Steve Stevens attended his first Good Morning Greater Spokane program this morning, where agribusiness industry reps talked about their industry and how technology is changing the way farmers and ranchers work. For instance, did you know the local Darigold plant in Spokane employs 91 people and produces 255 million gallons of milk a year? Or that combines nowadays have wi-fi Continue reading

Solving the Food Truck Issue in Spokane

The Spokane City Council recently and unanimously passed two ordinances licensing and regulating the burgeoning food truck industry in Spokane. Getting to this point, though, took some work. That’s why we stepped in and helped bring the interested parties together to find a solution. It all began when City of Spokane staff presented draft regulations for local food trucks to City Council on May 20. At the City Council meeting, representatives from 13 different food trucks banded together to oppose the ordinance. The Council postponed the ordinance for one month to work out the parts that brought disagreement. Because this Continue reading

GSI Gains National Recognition for its Work in Education and Workforce

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has recognized Greater Spokane Incorporated’s (GSI) work in education and workforce as a national case study. GSI joined six other communities in being recognized. As a business-focused organization, GSI realizes the importance of a good education in creating a strong business community. That’s why GSI supports a community goal of having at least 60 percent of adults in Spokane County having achieved at least a certificate, two-year degree or greater by 2025. “This national recognition is the result of the community working together to take advantage of the opportunity to do something special,” Continue reading