With its strong base of research and academic resources, Spokane is concentrated on becoming a burgeoning center for information technology and telecommunications. And it doesn’t hurt that the region is considered “well-connected” due to more than 500 route miles of commercial fiber-optic infrastructure that have been deployed over the past few years. According to Today’s Engineer, this gives Spokane more miles of high-speed fiber per capita than any other U.S. city.
Led by companies such as Itron, Inc., the world’s largest electronic meter reading and energy management software company, Purcell Systems, a manufacturer of integrated telecommunication cabinets and Telect, a producer of network infrastructure equipment, the Spokane region has become a recognized networking and telecommunications hub in the Pacific Northwest.
The region also boasts a diverse and growing collection of entrepreneurial software firms including AdvantageIQ, Critical Logic, NextIT, Agilent, and Inland Northwest Health Services, a federally recognized regional health information organization. Growth in the industry is largely attributed to the ability to attract and retain employees (quality of life) as well as excellent high-speed telecommunications infrastructure.
As one of the top five safest cities in America, Spokane is positioned as an ideal location for business continuity and disaster recovery facilities. Organizations such as TierPoint and IT Lifeline are providing these services to companies around the region and around the Pacific Northwest.