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Building a creative district

Next Step to Build a Local Creative District Underway

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Named as Host Communities by the International Economic Development Council GSI, in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene EDC, has been selected by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a host organization for the inaugural Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) cohort initiative to establish Certified Creative Districts in the Spokane / Coeur …

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New Nursing Licensure Compact Helps Fill Workforce Shortage

By Pia Hallenberg *This story first appeared in the 2023 GSI Connect Magazine, which can found on our About Us page. Connect with us and learn how your company can get involved in our talent and advocacy efforts. For the last six years, Greater Spokane Inc. has used its legislative advocacy to support passage of a Nurse Licensure …

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Government Contracting

Shaping the Business Community Through Government Contracting

By GSI Member Partner Nick Gonzales, Vice President, Bouten Construction Company ***This story first appeared in the 2023 GSI Connect Magazine, which can found on our About Us page. Connect with us and learn how your company can apply for government contracts. From a commercial contractor’s perspective, there are numerous—and, on the surface, somewhat self-serving—benefits to pursuing …

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Olympia Legislative Update

Legislative Session Update: January 29-February 3, 2024

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate For More InformationPublic Policy developments change fast. Note this is a wrap-up of the week of January 29-February 3. You can find the prior week wrap-up here: January 22-26, January 15-19, and January 8-12, 2024. For more details about any of the bills in this article, visit …

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Bonds and Levies Vote Yes for Kids

Alisha Benson and Lance Beck: Kids Worth Every Penny of Investment

By Alisha Benson, CEO, Greater Spokane Inc. and Lance Beck, President & CEO, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce *Published on January 31, 2024 by The Spokesman Review You may know us from our day jobs as regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development leaders. What you may not know is that both of our …

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Olympia Legislative Update

Legislative Session Update: January 22-26, 2024

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate This Legislature Could Use a CutoffThe 2024 Washington State Legislative Session is more than a quarter of the way finished. The House of Origin policy cutoff is looming and committees are beginning to shift their focus to marking up bills, drafting amendments, committee votes …

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Bonds and Levies

Rally for Schools Event on Saturday, January 27

Community comes together in support of school bonds and levies You are invited to attend a Rally for Schools event on January 27 in support of Spokane County School Districts Bond and Levy Measures. Speakers include Lisa Brown, Mayor, City of Spokane; Alisha Benson, CEO, GSI; Ezra Eckhardt, CEO, STCU; and school student and staff …

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Shaping Washington's Economy. Washington Business

Shaping the Future of Washington’s Economy Together

Predicting the future is impossible, but planning for it is imperative By Kris Johnson, President, Association of Washington Business and Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable What will Washington’s economy look like in 10 or 15 years? Will the state’s younger residents be able to connect with rewarding careers? Will employers struggle to find qualified workers? …

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