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Bonds and Levies - What Supporters Say

"When companies come to visit Spokane and they’re thinking of relocating here, one of the first questions they ask is 'How is the school system?' If they have kids, they want them to be in good schools, and if they have a work force, they need a work force they can train or that’s already trained. It’s a constant effort for businesses to keep up-to-speed and deliver what the consumer needs and wants. Education is very important to our local economy. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Tom Johnson, STCU

"Most of the people Avista recruits are native to this area so we want to make sure we have students all through the pipeline from the grade schools to the high schools to colleges that have the tools to excel and to learn. It’s important for companies that come here to know there is a talented pool of candidates to recruit from. We need to have businesses here that attract kids to stay. Many people leave the area after graduating from college because they don’t think there are job opportunities available here. We need to keep our community competitive and thriving. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Heather Rosentrater, Avista

"As the Regional President at U.S. Bank, I’m doing everything I can to encourage others to be in support of a very strong, vibrant school system. Both my kids attend Spokane Public Schools and have had a wonderful experience. I also serve as the chair of the Greater Spokane Incorporated Board of Trustees. Our mission is to grow jobs and investment in this community. A sound school system is the number one driver for businesses looking to relocate. We need to make sure we’re supporting all our school districts and make sure they’re well-funded for the future. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Linda Elkin, Regional President, U.S. Bank

"Schools are the gateway to opportunity for kids and for our economy. If the kids aren’t getting the education that they need and that they desire, we’re failing them, but we’re also failing ourselves for the future. We aren’t going to be able to lead the United States into the future and stay the innovative force that we are if we don’t have the skills that are cutting edge. If we look at the biggest drivers in our community—healthcare, government, education—every one of them requires a good education. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Kim Pearman-Gilman, McKinstry

"A lot of companies are really looking for skilled labor. When I worked at Wagstaff, we needed employees with skills and there were none, and there is still not a lot. It’s a detriment to the economy. If you don’t have the skilled labor, the quality of your product and your reputation will be harmed. I see the need for continued growth in education at the K-12 level. We need to stay up with advances in technology, and that starts at the school level when kids are exposed to it. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Paul May, Retired CEO, Wagstaff

"If there’s one area we need to give back it is to those who are going to follow in our footsteps. America will continue to have many challenges in front of her, and as such, we must help our  youth to be better than we are. They will drive innovation and be the future leaders to make this a better place to live. We need to give them tools for success to provide our students good, safe facilities to learn. I truly believe that by investing in our youth, by funding education, we can have a brighter American tomorrow. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Brian Newberry, Leadership Spokane

"Supporting bonds and levies is good for our economy. Top quality schools in Spokane attract businesses to our area and provide a steady and stable workforce for existing local businesses. A strong K-12 education system is critical to creating a skilled workforce to lead technological growth and innovation and be competitive in the marketplace. Without levies, critical school programs will be eliminated. Without bonds, we can’t meet growing demand and safety concerns.  It’s in our best interest to provide ample funding for our students and schools so that our children and Spokane’s economy thrive for the long term. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Bruce Williams

"At Community Colleges of Spokane, we support the K-12 bonds and levies because workforce preparation starts early. It is one of the leading reasons people select and move their businesses or stay in business. So to keep and attract employers, we have to show the investment the community has in education. We need our students to be well-prepared for the future. It’s the right thing to do for young people so our region can remain competitive. We want people to be proud of this region and that we contribute to the overall benefit of the state and the country. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Christine Johnson, Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane

"PAML is a comprehensive and sophisticated organization that requires talented and skilled individuals, and we are finding it difficult to find talent locally. There is gap because the pipeline of students doesn’t start in college. It starts in grade school and in high school.  We need that focus on a good education from kindergarten. I don’t think there’s a better legacy you can leave the next generation than education. Money can go away. Properties can go away. Jobs can go away. But your education, you always have with you. Join me in voting yes for bonds and levies."

Dr. Francisco Valezquez, PAML

 

 

 

 
Bonds and Levies Rally

January 21, 2015

Greater Spokane Incorporated invites you to join us with citizen volunteers, parents and guardians, educators, administrators, school board members and business owners from multiple districts in the county, along with area elected officials as we all show our support for strong public schools! Bring your yard sign for waving and enjoy the camaraderie! #EducationGrowsEconomies #VoteYes #BeEducated

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM
WHERE: Riverfront Park - Red Wagon

Speakers include:

Tom Johnson, President & CEO, STCU
County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn
Dr. Christine Johnson, Community Colleges of Spokane
Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart
Alisha Benson, Vice President Education and Workforce/Spokane STEM, Greater Spokane Incorporated

Visit our bonds and levies page www.EducationGrowsEconomies.com

 

 
Job Opening- Membership Account Manager
POSITION TITLE: Membership Account Manager

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Membership Director

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, Full-time; Exempt; Work in partnership with current Membership Account Manager.

GSI is seeking a qualified sales professional to increase growth in membership accounts and revenue.   The successful candidate will join a collaborative team and be responsible for the full sales cycle as well as support member retention and contribute to the identification and improvement of programs, andservices, to best meet the needs of current and prospective members.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and highly motivated self-starter.  He/she must be able to develop and maintain a robust prospect pipeline, build professional relationships, understand the needs of potential members, propose the appropriate membership level, and close the sale.

Must-Have Sales Skills:

  • Prospecting: A successful candidate will generate his/her own leads every week and will follow up with incoming inquires as assigned
  • Cold calling: both inside and outside sales
  • Qualifying Leads: Finding the decision maker and overcoming objections are essential to success

    Responsibilities include:
  • Sell membership to businesses and organizations
  • Develop strategies and plans to achieve and surpass individual monthly and annual sales goals, Increase overall sales as well as value per sale
  • Develop and maintain an active prospect database & lead pipeline
  • Maintain accurate records and utilize a CRM system
  • Assist with the implementation of targeted sales projects
  • Establish working relationships with new and current members to support member retention
  • Attend, and outreach to new and currentmembers at GSI at events, and programs including monthly Good Morning Greater Spokane Breakfasts and Business After Hours events and a number of annual events including Annual Meeting, Economic Forecast, and Business-to Business Trade Show.
  • Participate in grand openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies and other membership events
  • Participate in other trade shows, programs and professional organizations to build connections and identify businesses for which GSI membership may be valuable
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with current Membership Account Manager and contribute to positive team environment.
  • Facilitate and/or serve as staff liaison to committee   meetings as assigned
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

    Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Minimum 4 to 6 years sales experience that included cold calling, prospecting, and lead generation
  • Demonstratedrecord of selling a service,  "intangible" service,  or non-profit development experience a plus
  • Proven ability to exceed goals
  • Excellent  written/verbal/presentation skills
  • A problem solver with consultative selling experience
  • Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Enthusiasm and team spirit
COMPENSATION:

We offer a base salary plusa commission structure that rewards Membership Account Managers that meet and exceed their goals.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Travel by automobile in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area is required. Mileage reimbursement, cell phone expenses, andreimbursement for pre-approved meal expenses is provided.

HOURS OF WORK:

Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. are GSI office hours.  Flexibility is afforded in this position due to the nature of this job.

BENEFITS: We also offer an excellent benefits package.   Medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, holidays and employer sponsored 401(k) plan.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Vote Yes for Education and Vote Yes for Our Economy

If you're passionate about providing a quality education for our students and supporting our economy, we urge you to get involved in Greater Spokane Incorporated's support of bonds and levies!

GSI's Board of Trustees has officially voted to endorse and support the Bonds and Levies initiatives. Voting YES on bonds and levies impacts our students and their success. It also impacts you and the future of our economy. Education is at the heart of a healthy economy and it is one of the most important assets we have to attract businesses to our region, create new jobs, and ensure we have a strong workforce to fill those jobs.

Levies also make up about 20% of our public school districts' budgets and fund important extracurricular activities, essential school supplies, staff, textbooks and materials, and technology.

If these things matter to you, please, get involved:

For more information visit Education Grows Economies or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vice President of Education and Workforce.

 

What are Bonds and Levies
Bonds are needed for infrastructure, technology and building improvements. Levies fund the operation of our schools and include supplies, equipment, materials, and staff.

Why are Bond and Levy Dollars Essential?
Local taxes fund a significant portion of our K-12 education system. GSI understands that a well-rounded education today is critical for our community's success. K-12 education is an essential ingredient to fueling the growth of our economy -- one that will require new types of skills and knowledge.
 
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