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Legislative Session Update: January 16-20

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate We’re into the second week and Legislative Democrats have rolled out several of their high-profile priorities including policies on nurse staffing, recycling, middle housing, a margins tax to replace the existing B&O tax, and a new wealth tax. Tuesday, Senate Law & Justice Committee …

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Spokane AgShow Spotlights Local Agriculture Industry

Show Takes Place Feb 7-9 at the Spokane Convention Center Did you know the playing surface of a football field is about an acre? Just under 2.3 million football fields of wheat alone were harvested in Eastern Washington in 2022. This is just one of Washington States valuable 300 agriculture commodities.  Agriculture is big in …

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Legislative Session Update: January 9-13

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate The 68th Washington State Legislature convened its 15-week (105-day) regular session this week under almost normal circumstances, after having operated in a mostly remote fashion for the past two years. This year, masks are still encouraged and required in most legislator offices and access …

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2023 Events

Registration is Now Open for 2023 GSI Events

Our 2023 event lineup is now live. From small peer-to-peer networking to large business and community education events, we strive to provide a host of valuable offerings that give you more opportunities to connect, be visible, learn what’s happening around our community, and do better business. Registration is now open, and seats are going fast. …

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Spokane Community Leaders Object to Proposed North Spokane Corridor Delay

Governor Inslee’s Seven-Year Delay Puts Growth and Jobs at Risk (SPOKANE, Wash.) – Leaders in Spokane’s business community joined elected and transportation officials in expressing their concern about the governor’s proposed delays for the North Spokane Corridor (NSC). Governor Inslee’s biennial transportation budget, released on December 14, 2022, would push back the planned completion date …

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South Korea Recruitment Trip Grows Partnerships and Business Opportunities

By Gary Ballew, CEcdVP, Economic Development, Greater Spokane Inc. I recently had the opportunity to attend a trade show in South Korea with a local company, Eotron. A trip like this serves many economic development purposes. We had the chance to meet with Korean medical device companies interested in expanding to the United States, learn …

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New Laws Take Effect for Employers

New laws in Washington went into effect January 1 including: Minimum wage: Washington’s minimum wage is now $15.76 per hour for employees 16 or older. That’s $1.25 more than last year, an 8.6% increase. Pay range in job postings: As required in a 2022 law, employers with 15 or more workers must now include a …

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2023 Economic Forecast Event a Success

More than 500 people attended Tuesday’s 2023 Economic Forecast at the Spokane Convention Center which featured three local economists Dr. John Mitchell, Principal, M&H Economic Consultants; Dr. Grant Forsyth, Chief Economist, Avista Corp.; and Dr. Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, Associate Professor of Economics, Whitworth University. In partnership with the Spokane Journal of Business, this was GSI’s …

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