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Category Archives: Economic Development

Together Stronger: Spokane Association of REALTORS® Builds Awareness for Housing Crisis

The housing crisis facing Spokane County is growing and the statistics are startling. Over the past 10 years, housing availability has decreased 94%, and Spokane County is approximately 32,000 housing units short. On top of this shortage and current data, … Read more

GSI and GSVC Convene Business Leaders to Meet with Washington Tax Structure Work Group

SPOKANE- A group of business leaders initially called together in response to the COVID pandemic has continued to meet on other topics of importance to the community. On October 13th, that group met with the Tax Structure Work Group to … Read more

The Legislature Evolved with a New Reality

Written by Pia Hallenberg The date was March 13, 2020, and Senator Andy Billig was driving home from Olympia when he got a call saying all Washington schools were going to shut down because of COVID. It was the end … Read more

The World May Be In Upheaval, But Fairchild’s Mission Never Changes

By Pia Hallenberg, Owner, Content by Pia Since 1942, Fairchild Air Force Base has been one of Spokane’s cornerstones. You don’t have to spend much time here before you notice the giant planes flying over or learn to recognize the … Read more

How A CEDS Process Can Guide a Vision That Makes Our Community Thrive

By Gary Ballew, VP, Economic Development and Jeff Marcell, Senior Partner, TIP Strategies THRIVE Spokane is the name of a new comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) being developed for the greater Spokane region. It’s a vision coordinated in collaboration with … Read more

OPENTogether Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Opens July 27

Spokane County Allocated CARES Act funding to Greater Spokane Inc. to Administer Program (SPOKANE, Wash.) – On Monday, July 27, Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the County’s designated Associate Development Organization (ADO), will launch the OPENTogether Small Business and Non-profit Grant … Read more

Spokane County Allocates $10 Million for Small and Non-Profit Business Grant Program

(SPOKANE, Wash.) –Spokane County has allocated $10 million of CARES Act dollars to fund a grant program to support small and non-profit businesses with 20 and fewer employees to help offset safety and operating costs, rent and other allowable expenses. … Read more

Commerce Awards Working Washington Economic Development Fund Grant to SkyOne Aerospace

Greater Spokane Inc. secured $100,000 from the Working Washington Economic Development Fund grant to assist FAA-certified repair and overhaul facility remain and expand in Washington, add new equipment (SPOKANE, Wash.) – The Washington Department of Commerce provided a $100,000 grant … Read more

Commerce Awards 61 Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants through Greater Spokane Inc.

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), has awarded 61 local small businesses with grants of up to $10,000 each through the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program. … Read more

2019 In Review

2019 has been a great year for the entire Spokane region. From individual accomplishments to local sports to long-tenured completed projects, GSI wanted to take a minute to look back and appreciate all the good that has come out of … Read more