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City, Partners Offer Businesses Help to Find Space
'Select Spokane' offers site selection, data for free

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , GSI Marketing & Communications Manager | 509.321.3612

The latest release of is now live, offering free services for businesses looking to open a facility in the Spokane area. This online tool simplifies the process by providing access to real estate sites and business data. gathers the economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a 'one-stop-shop' portal on the web. The tool allows site selectors, local entrepreneurs and business people instant access to current site selection data on local communities in the Spokane region, including information on:
  • commercial real estate offerings
  • consumer spending
  • wages
  • available work force
  • housing
  • existing businesses and potential competitors
Built on Google Maps technology, provides dynamic mapping capabilities, including the ability to zoom in/out, identify information and view geographic “layers” of information such as incentive zones, airports, universities, railroads, and zoning.

The online tool is not just for businesses looking to buy or lease. The website also allows brokers to list available commercial and industrial property.

The Select Spokane website is managed by public and private entities including the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Spokane County, Avista, and Greater Spokane Incorporated. The site is designed to assist businesses considering the Spokane region in location decisions. The original Select Spokane website launched in June of 2007.

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Job Opening: Economic & Aerospace Development Coordinator
Position Summary: This position coordinates and manages projects falling within the purview of general economic development and aerospace industry development for Greater Spokane Incorporated. Supports the GSI Economic Development team to assist in deal flow to include facilitation of resources, development of proposals and liaison with partner agencies. Also provides part-time support to AIR Spokane for recruitment in addition to retention and expansion of local aerospace companies, realtors/brokers, and other critical partners.
Key Accountabilities:
  • The Aerospace and Economic Development Coordinator coordinates business resources necessary to facilitate business development deals, including the flow of special projects and site selector visits.
  • Utilizes multiple tools (email, websites, print/collateral) to facilitate core economic development activities and aerospace recruiting, retention, and expansion.  Provides research to ensure appropriate update of key economic development data (value comparisons, etc).
  • Manages information elements (leads, tracking, proposal generation, reporting) of the general economic development process and aerospace initiatives, including management of contact database and generation of record data.
  • Participate as a member of regional workforce development teams to ensure that workforce growth and resources are aligned and meeting training and education targets.
  • Provides pre-recruitment support, generating lists of targeted companies from external lead generation databases, development of initial proposal packages and performs regular industry research.
  • Works with team to coordinate and execute recruit site visits; and maintains data necessary for site evaluations.
  • Assists with scheduling and organizing of outbound sales/marketing missions to generate leads and prospects for new business recruits, especially in the aerospace industry.
  • Performs annual outreach campaign focused on recruited companies to determine facility and job growth for economic impact reporting; updates economic impact numbers on an annual basis and generates new reports as required.
  • Supports the INWAC Industry Group with administrative, event and marketing support assistance, including scheduled updates and upgrades of the website.
  • Provides development and design support for new and existing marketing collateral, websites, reports and presentations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by VP, Business Development.


  • Knowledge of economic development and business attraction principles.
  • Local knowledge of real estate industry representative and key resources agency/partners in economic development.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Thorough and complete.
  • Editing skills preferred.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Proficient in software programs Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,, PowerPoint,  Outlook, IMPLAN, web browsers and Internet search engines.

Qualifications/Education: BA or equivalent experience with preferred emphasis on business, economics, or sales and marketing.

Qualifications/Experience: Minimum two years of experience in a field related to business, economics, or sales and marketing experience with volunteer-based organizations a plus.

Position Specifications:

  • This position is part-time/30 hours per wek.
  • No direct reports.
  • Reports to VP, Business Development


Application Process:

Send cover letter, resume and two non-returnable writing samples to:

Economic and Aerospace Development Coordinator

c/o Robin Toth

801 W. Riverside

Spokane, WA 99201

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Greater Spokane Incorporated Applauds Proposed Transportation Package
(Spokane, Wash.) - The Greater Spokane Incorporated Board of Trustees applauds a transportation package proposed for the region that would fund critical infrastructure, road maintenance and preservation, and necessary upgrades and reforms. The package will improve efficiencies of our transportation system, which will generate economic development opportunities that support and meet businesses requirements for expansion and continued growth.

Senator Baumgartner and Senator Billig have championed several important regional projects to be included in a transportation package to be presented to the Senate Transportation Committee, calling for $15 billion dollars in new funding over the next 16 years for highway preservation and maintenance and highway project completion and improvements.

The plan includes an 11.5 cent gas tax increase phased in over the next three years and will provide funding for multiple Spokane area projects including $861 million for the North Spokane Corridor, $24 million for the Medical Lake/Geiger Interchanges, $21 million for Barker Road to Harvard Road, and more, all of which are projects listed on the regional 2015 State Legislative Priority Agenda. Other regional projects of significance include Spokane Central City Line, Palouse River and Coulee City RR - Rehabilitation and Bigelow Gulch.

"Funding is critical for the maintenance and preservation of our roads in this community - and our transportation needs are continuing to grow. If our community wants to stay competitive, attract businesses and grow jobs, we need to fund the infrastructure to support it," said Steve Stevens, president & CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. "This package contains several projects GSI identified as top priority projects for the region that are critical to mobility and future economic development."

The funding will also help maintain roads. Driving on deficient roads costs Spokane drivers approximately $1,423 per year as a result of driving on roads in need of repair.

Once completed, the North Spokane Corridor will reduce the time significantly for companies to ship and receive products, and will provide over 400 jobs a year while under construction, will support businesses transportation requirements, and will save travel time - over 9.4 million hours per year with an annual savings of 240 million.

About Greater Spokane Incorporated

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the Spokane region's Chamber and Economic Development organization, has been creating something greater for Spokane and the Inland Northwest since 1881. GSI is charged with the mission of growing jobs and business investment through robust programs in economic and workforce development, public policy and small business. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including 1,200 private-sector member investors; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake and Newport, as well as the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information, visit or contact us at 509-624-1393 or 1 800 SPOKANE.

Job Opening - Public Policy Coordinator

Greater Spokane Incorporated is looking for a Public Policy Coordinator who will work closely with other members of the Public Policy team to implement the issue and agenda development process. The position reports to the Public Policy Director.


The Public Policy Coordinator coordinates committee meetings, researches issues, author’s policy papers and the state and federal agenda, and reports on projects specific to public policy. Issues are identified in conjunction with the public policy team, the management team, and member volunteers. The Public Policy Coordinator will serve as secondary staff to those committees assigned to Director of Public Policy.

Duties include:

1. Project Identification: In conjunction with the public policy team, the Public Policy Coordinator will identify projects pertinent to the Greater Spokane Incorporated member community and the community at large.

2. Research and Analysis: Developing background information on issues at the local, state and federal level that impact the Eastern Washington Region.

3. Partnership Building: The entire public policy team, including the Public Policy Coordinator is expected to serve as liaisons for businesses where public policy issues are concerned. It is crucial that the public policy team establish and maintain key contacts within the business, governmental, and academic arenas in order to develop and implement effective and successful public policy projects.

4. Communication: The Public Policy Coordinator, in conjunction with the entire public policy team, will work closely with the marketing and communications department to ensure the membership, as well as the community at large, is aware of the work being done in public policy.

5. Activity Organizing and Planning: The Public Policy Coordinator, in conjunction with the entire public policy team, will work closely with the events director and marketing and communications team to identify and implement public policy related activities and events.

6. Membership Recruiting: Membership recruitment is the responsibility of all employees of the organization although to varying degrees. The Public Policy Coordinator will, in conjunction with the entire public policy team, convey the importance and value of the work being done within the public policy program to existing and potential Greater Spokane Incorporated members.

7. Other Duties: as assigned by the Director of Public Policy

Qualifications and Skills Needed Include:

  • Ability to work well with people, to motivate volunteers and staff, and cooperate with colleagues.

  • Must be highly organized, and must be able to work in a continually evolving fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze issues pertinent to a specific region.

  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong computer skills required; experience with MS Windows applications highly desired.

  • Flexibility and willingness to accept new assignments and challenges.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to:

Sandra Jarrard
801 W Riverside, Ste. 100
Spokane, WA 99201
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Job close date: February 20, 4:30 PM


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