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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Request for Federal Legislative Agenda Proposals

Each year we invite our membership to submit items to be considered for our Priority Federal Legislative Agenda, a document that highlights GSI’s regional issues and projects. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Federal Agenda and all current … Read more

GSI Continues to Fight L&I Rate Hikes

As the Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization for Spokane County, Greater Spokane Incorporated works every day to bring new businesses to the area, in addition to helping existing businesses stay and prosper. Businesses make their decisions to expand … Read more

2% Worker’s Comp Rate Hike Proposed: Public Hearing This Thursday

Let L&I know what it means to your business Citing rising wages and health insurance costs, the State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) proposed an average 2% increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates for 2016, nearly double what is … Read more

Trade Policy Update: Significant Developments in Ex-Im and TPP

Two major trade policy items – the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal – had significant developments in recent weeks. Both items directly impact Washington … Read more

Take a Look at Your Future: Manufacturing Week Registration is Open!

Business AfterSchool connects students to the world of business. Through a series of industry-week workshops, we partner with local industry leaders who provide real-world awareness of Spokane’s high-demand industry sectors and put the spotlight on new technology, research, development and innovation. … Read more

Congratulations to GSI Staff!

Congratulations to the following GSI staff members for their good work to create something greater in our community and move our region forward! Alisha Benson, VP Education and Workforce Spokane STEM Network Executive Director Alisha has been recognized by the Association … Read more

Prop 1: Bad for Business; Bad for Spokane

The message is clear: Prop 1 is bad for business and it’s bad for Spokane.   General Election ballots drop this week. Saying you oppose Prop 1 is not enough. If you value a strong economy, if you value your … Read more

Small Business Saturday … It’s a BIG deal!

Across the country Small Business Saturday is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way to encourage support of small, local businesses. In 2010 American Express launched Small Business Saturday, and in 2011 it became a day officially recognized by … Read more

A Message to Our Members

Dear GSI Members: It is with mixed emotions that the Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) Board announced Tuesday that Steve Stevens submitted his resignation as GSI’s President & CEO. Christine Johnson, GSI board chair said, “We are appreciative of Steve’s many contributions … Read more

Quarter 2 2015 Business Barometer

Second quarter continues positive trends  “When all arrows are pointing in a positive direction, there’s a natural tendency for observers to engage in victory chants, and Spokane has recently had some good news to crow about,” says Shaun O’L. Higgins, … Read more