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Category Archives: Economic Development

Grant Dollars and Entrepreneurial Services Help Develop Life Sciences Companies

By Stacia Rasmussen, PMPHealth & Life Sciences Business Development Manager, Greater Spokane Inc. In May of 2019, Greater Spokane Inc (GSI) was awarded $100,000 from the WA Department of Commerce Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness to provide supportive services … Read more

Economic Development History Matters

By Gary Ballew, CEcDVP of Economic Development, Greater Spokane Inc. I admit it. I am an economic development wonk. To understand economic development, you need to understand the history of where it came from. Once you understand it, you can … Read more

Economic Development Key to Thriving Communities

By Gary Ballew, CEcDVP of Economic Development, Greater Spokane Inc. May 9 – 13 is Economic Development week. Economic Development is at the core of the health and well-being and quality of life for people everywhere. When people ask me … Read more

Katrina Rogers Selected to Lead Evergreen Biosciences Innovation Cluster

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. has announced the confirmation of Katrina Rogers as the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster. Katrina is a change expert with more than 25 years of experience in the … Read more

THRIVE Spokane Public Comment Period Opens

GSI and Partners Invite the Greater Spokane Community to Comment on theSpokane Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) and community partners invite the greater Spokane community to comment on THRIVE Spokane, the Spokane region’s … Read more

GSI Staff Updates

We’re extremely excited to announce a couple of recent staffing updates here at GSI! Meet the newest addition to our amazing team, Cathy Wells! We are excited to welcome Cathy Wells as our new Executive Assistant providing support to the … Read more

Evergreen Bioscience Board Chair Announcement

Greater Spokane Inc. is delighted to announce the confirmation of Mary-Pierre Waiss as the founding Board Chair of the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster. Mary is an accomplished entrepreneur, organizational leader, and board member with a demonstrated track record of success … Read more

Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Receives $500,000 Grant to Build a Bioscience Cluster in the Spokane Region

GSI has announced a $500,000 Innovation Cluster Accelerator grant awarded to Evergreen Bioscience Innovation (Evergreen Bio) to build a bioscience innovation cluster in the Spokane region. The Evergreen Bio is led by GSI, in partnership with SP3NW. This is a … Read more

Commerce announces grant to support expansion of clean tech startup with a mission of decarbonizing buildings

CarbonQuest hopes expansion will create more than 100 jobs over time in the City of Spokane Valley OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington Department of Commerce today announced a $350,000 grant to support expansion of an innovative clean tech company that … Read more

A Portfolio Diversification Argument for Social Inclusion

By Dr. Vange Hochheimer, Associate Professor of Economics, Whitworth University, President & CEO, Grand Fir Analytics, LLC As a financial economist, I teach my students about the business case for closing the education opportunity gap and striving for a diverse … Read more