"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."
"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