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

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

Watch as Saint George’s Students Launch a Weather Balloon 100,000 Feet into the Sky

Students at Saint George’s School in north Spokane engineered a weather balloon and launched it into the sky above the north Spokane school and has the video to prove it. The students also used weather patterns to calculate where the balloon would land near Ritzville, Wash. More from Spokane STEM.

New Developments in the Spokane Region Show Progress

Spring in the greater Spokane region means patio seating is available at restaurants, parks are greatly occupied, splash pads are about to open, and kids (parents?) are counting down the days until summer vacation. It also means time to see some progress! This spring, a number of construction projects are reshaping our wonderful city. Let’s take a look at some of them: 1. Today we attended the groundbreaking ceremony at Deaconess Hospital, part of the Rockwood Health System. Deaconess will renovate and expand its Emergency Department and should be complete this time in 2015. The new Emergency Department will feature Continue reading

Doing Business in the Spokane Region Means Access to Qualified and Talented Employees

Once upon a time, companies would consider location as the top reason to expand, relocate or open up their business. But nowadays, there seems to be a new no. 1 consideration: the available workforce. Three recent news stories – two from Ian Cull of KXLY and the other in the Spokane Journal of Business – featured companies that either announced expansions to the Spokane area, have already opened up offices here, or have been here a long time. All mentioned the area workforce as a major reason why the Spokane region was a great place for their business. KXLY: Aerospace Continue reading

Business AfterSchool Featured on KHQ’s Invest Northwest Program

Alisha Benson, our Vice President of Education and Workforce, sat down with KHQ’s Sean Owsley recently to talk about Business AfterSchool and Engineering Week: Spokane, North Idaho News

Special Session Begins Today in Olympia – What Does it Mean for Spokane?

Washington Governor Jay Inslee called legislators back to Olympia to begin a special session today to tackle bills that would provide more funding for aerospace education, extend tax incentives for aerospace manufacturers through 2040, and streamline the permitting process for aerospace manufacturers. Inslee also wants the legislature to produce a transportation package during the special session. What does this mean for Spokane? Let’s take it one issue at a time. Aerospace The driver of the aerospace bills is the production of the Boeing 777X. It’s best the production stays in Washington, and passing the proposed bills would help accomplish that. Continue reading

Women-Owned Small Businesses Can Find Customers Within The Government

We’ve told you how contracting with the government helps small town businesses. We’ve also told you how having a business in a HUB Zone helps you find customers within the government. Now we’re going to tell you how women-owned small businesses can do the same. All federal agencies are required to set aside five percent of their government contracts for women-owned small businesses. Five percent might seem like a small amount, but the opportunities are bountiful (take a look at all these government agencies and how many contracts they awarded). Since the year 2000, U.S. government agencies have awarded 2,722 Continue reading

The Importance of “Game Changers” in Spokane

Despite the phrase “Game Changer” being a tad cliché, it’s worth taking a look at when it’s been used to describe two local projects in Spokane. The phrase has been used for the past few years to describe the expansion of medical education in Spokane, specifically at the downtown Riverpoint Campus. A campus that could have a $2.1 billion annual economic impact statewide and support more than 13,410 jobs directly and indirectly when fully developed is huge for the region. The other project that has given birth to the phrase is the recently announced hotel proposed by Walt and Karen Continue reading

Why Supporting a Spokane County Levy Will Protect Fairchild Air Force Base

You may have read recently about an item that will be on this fall’s ballot that asks Spokane County voters to approve a levy that would allow the County to buy land in the Accident Potential Zone (APZ) at the end of the runway at Fairchild Air Force Base. Currently, seven mobile home parks with around 190 units populate the land. That’s too many people living in an area that has a higher potential for airplane crashes. The Air Force frowns at encroachment (overcrowding near the base) like this. Here’s why this levy should be supported: To protect the base Continue reading