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A Spokane Business News Buffet

North Spokane Corridor at Highway 395

There’s a lot going on around here. Let’s take a look at some notables:

Special Session
As we mentioned last week, the state legislature convened for a special session to pass some bills aimed at keeping some incentives available for aerospace companies in the state. Legislators were also tasked with coming up with a transportation package.

So what happened? The aerospace bills were passed quite easily, but not a transportation package. Governor Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation package by the Apple Cup (which is Nov. 29 this year, for you non-football fans). We’re pushing for a number of local projects to be included in the transportation package, like the North Spokane Corridor, State Route 904 to Cheney, the Medical Lake and Geiger Road Interchanges, and much more. All of those projects have been part of our advocacy efforts in Olympia. Stay tuned!

The aerospace bills were passed to convince Boeing to produce the 777x in Washington. This week, the Machinists Union voted down a proposed labor agreement with Boeing. This means Boeing will open up competition for the manufacturing site of the 777x. We believe Washington is in a good position to retain Boeing’s production line. We’ll continue to present our region as a ready area for aerospace investment.

KC-46A Draft EIS
Earlier this year, Fairchild Air Force Base lost out on the first round of new KC-46A tankers to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. The Air Force, though, is studying each finalist in a year-long process to make sure its original choice is still its top choice. We encourage you to head to The Lincoln Center on Nov. 20 between 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to attend a public hearing as the Air Force lets the public review and comment on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the KC-46A decision. Having the KC-46A at Fairchild would signal to us the Air Force’s commitment to our base.

This and That
The City of Spokane released its Snow Plan for the upcoming winter, which includes new text alerts letting residents know when a snow emergency is taking place.…..Our Economic Forecast is on Nov. 20 at the Spokane Convention Center, and we’re expecting more than 800 folks in attendance. There’s still room for more…..Four state legislators will be on a panel at our annual Legislative Forum and Reception on Dec. 4. Come find out how the decisions made in Olympia impact your business….Our annual trip to Olympia is Jan. 22 – 24 where we’ll advocate for the business community in Eastern Washington. Join us on the trip so your business has a voice….speaking of advocacy, we’re in the early stages of planning our annual trip to Washington D.C. April 28 – May 2. Join us on that trip, too, and advocate for Eastern Washington and North Idaho at the federal level.

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