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Find out what's happening in the Spokane region! We have news items that affect your business and our local economy.

Media: If you'd like more information on any of the stories published in this section, please contact Tricia Webster, Marketing and Communications Manager at 509.321.3612.

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.
STA Plaza Recommendations Report Released

November 20, 2014

In collaboration with Downtown Spokane Partnership and Visit Spokane, Greater Spokane Incorporated would like to thank the Spokane Transit Authority, STA Staff and the STA Plaza Renovation Ad-hoc Committee for the collaborative efforts and for the opportunity to provide input on the STA plaza renovation project.

You can read the full report here

This report was unanimously approved by each Board of these organizations -- minus abstentions from those who represented some interest associated with the Plaza.

STA’s investment and presence in downtown is of the utmost importance to the vibrancy and growth of our entire region. This report is just one element among a great deal of input received on the Plaza renovation.

Representatives will be presenting elements of the report to the STA Board on the afternoon of November 20, 2014.

GSI Hires Entrepreneurship Program Director

(SPOKANE, Wash.) Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Arnold for the position of Entrepreneurship Program Director. This new position will be responsible for the leadership and guidance of the local and regional entrepreneur ecosystem, and GSI's Startup Spokane program.

An experienced entrepreneur, Ryan formed his own company, Sightline Energy, a consultant firm to the architecture and engineering industries to assist them in navigating the increasingly complex energy efficiency and building sustainability field. In addition, Ryan and a partner founded the Innovation Collective, a Coeur d'Alene-based entrepreneur support organization that is focused on providing events and education, the alignment of community resources and the connection of local entrepreneurs to capital opportunities.

"Ryan's hiring is an important step in the continued efforts to support and grow the regional entrepreneur economy," said Steve Stevens, President & CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. "Nurturing our startups and assisting innovative entrepreneurs with the right connections to help them expand and thrive will bring more opportunities and jobs to our community."

Launched in 2014, the Startup Spokane initiative at GSI includes educational opportunities, events, available co-working space at Share Space Spokane, and the new website which was designed to provide connections and visibility for resources critical to entrepreneur growth.

"I have a passion and vision for building the entrepreneur ecosystem throughout the greater Spokane region," said Ryan. "While my initial efforts have been focused in the neighboring community of Coeur d'Alene, I have also worked with other regional organizations such as Startup Weekend Spokane, Connect Northwest, Spokane Angel Alliance, and the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council."

"As its core mission to grow jobs and business investment, GSI has made entrepreneurship and promoting a creative business culture a priority," said Linda Elkin, Board Chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated. "The initiatives that have been recently developed will now have the potential to be leveraged to their full capacity with the hiring of a dedicated Entrepreneurship Program Director."

Ryan will officially begin his duties December 1, 2014, and will be a member of GSI's Economic Development team.

GSI Acquires Remaining Launchpad Assets

LaunchPad Inland Northwest, LLC (LaunchPad INW) and Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) are pleased to announce the sale of LaunchPad INW’s remaining assets to GSI. The move strengthens the entrepreneur ecosystem in the region by enhancing the Startup Spokane platform which is designed to connect entrepreneurs and startups to the resources they need for success.

LaunchPad INW was founded as a platform for showcasing local innovation, and connecting entrepreneurs and businesses to local resources. The assets to be acquired include the LaunchPad INW website, newsletter subscribers, and social media properties. GSI will incorporate these into their Startup Spokane program.

The Startup Spokane program helps to facilitate the connection of startup companies to community resources, helping them start, build and expand their business. The program provides a portfolio of events for entrepreneurs including Pitch Panels, Executive Connect and the Investment Capital Forum, in addition to a co-working space, Share Space Spokane, and GSI’s recently launched website.

We invite you to get engaged. For more information about the program, visit, sign up for GSI’s monthly Startup Spokane newsletter, or contact Drew Repp at GSI at 509.321.3634 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Spokane Ag Expo Scam

Hello all - please note that some business folks are getting calls from a gentleman claiming to be affiliated with Spokane Ag Expo, selling room nights for the event. Please know that this is a scam. Room night reservations are to be done directly through hotels that will be on the website at or the Greater Spokane Incorporated offices in about three weeks. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Myrna O'Leary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 509.321.3633.


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