Our work to grow jobs and business investments in the community and create something greater is really all about supporting your business and the vitality of our region. Your success is important and vital to the health of our business community - to make this region the best place to live, work, play and learn. Here are just a few examples of the outcomes and the work that we do. View our Annual Report here.
Bringing Jobs to the Region and Growing Our Economy
Led the recruitment efforts of four companies to the Spokane region: Exotic Metals Forming Company, BioSense Solutions, Chalk Labs, and My Place Hotels. Together, these new companies will create 169 direct jobs, an annual economic impact of $77.8 million, and a one-time construction.
Increasing Education Attainment in our Region
GSI convened two strategy sessions around the Board’s priority for increasing post-secondary attainment levels among adults in Spokane County from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2025. The outcome focuses on the 74,000 working adults with some college, but no degree. GSI is working with 15 member businesses and organizations to tackle employer engagement and support models for increasing employee attainment.
Creating a Support System for Startups and Entrepreneurs
Connect NW’s events and entrepreneur programs integrated with GSI, helping to facilitate the connection of start-up companies to community resources. GSI now leads the management of Share Space Spokane, where entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers can work, meet and collaborate.
Working to Lower Business Costs
Collaborated with the Association of Washington Business to influence business-friendly policy solutions to provide the predictability and certainty needed to recruit and maintain businesses in Washington State.
Improving Freight Mobility and Providing Cost Savings for Businesses
Advocated for a state transportation package with business and transportation coalitions to “Finish What We Started” and complete the North Spokane Corridor from Francis to Interstate 90. The construction of the North Spokane Corridor will create jobs, improve freight mobility, and provide cost savings for businesses in the region.
Supporting a Skilled Workforce for Businesses and the Future
Launched Business AfterSchool, a series of open house events at businesses, providing awareness of Spokane’s high-demand industry sectors. This program focuses on career awareness for students, educators, parents and the community. Fifteen companies hosted 243 students, 39 parents and 42 educators during Engineering Week in February and Health Care Week in April.