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Category Archives: News and Announcements

Giving Local Business A Shot In The Arm

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) and Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC) were two of 11 Chambers that partnered with Association of Washington Business (AWB) and WA Department of Commerce in a Chamber Vaccine Incentive Program funded through State Emergency … Read more

Jessica Kirk New Chair of Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones

2021 is an exciting year for the Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ). As military spouse unemployment skyrocketed to 38% during the pandemic, we are working hard to tackle this issue with efforts like the re-launching … Read more

Spokane County Announces PPE Distribution Event for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Spokane County is once again holding free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution events to assist small businesses and non-profits to continue operations to keep employees and the public safe. Spokane County utilized CARES Act funds to purchase the PPE. These … Read more

Mid-Year Update

Mid-Year Update with GSI CEO Alisha Benson Read more

Greater Spokane Inc. Hires New Vice President of Resource Development

Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) welcomes Lisa Poplawski Lewis to the organization as its Vice President of Resource Development. Formerly the Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and Campaign Director at Eastern Washington University (EWU), Lisa brings a wealth of experience in … Read more

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants – Final Report

On April 7, 2020, applications for the first round of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants went live on the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) website. Commerce administered the funds for the relief program, and through Greater Spokane … Read more

Vaccination “Happy Hour” Events at the Spokane Arena Walk-Up and Scheduled Appointments Available

Spokane, Wash. – Through a collaborative effort, the Spokane Arena Mass Vaccination Site is hosting Vaccination Happy Hours from 5-7 pm, May 25, and June 2, 8, and 16. The events will include free food from local food vendors, music, … Read more

GSI and Spokane Public Library Partner for StartUp Spokane

Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) and Spokane Public Library (SPL) have partnered to provide shared programming for StartUp Spokane (SUS) beginning May 1, 2021. The partnership features new entrepreneurship support programs, resources, and collaboration within the region’s start-up ecosystem, with SUS … Read more

Hedrick Weekly April 19-25 – Sine Die Edition

At 6:10pm on Sunday, April 25, the first year of the 67th Washington State Legislature came to an unceremonious close, much as it began.  The capitol buildings and their few occupants remained closed to the public and lobbyists, protected by … Read more

Economic Outlook with Steve Scranton

When you have fiscal policy spending that is close to 11% of GDP in 2021, it is difficult to not make a case that economic growth should be strong this year, and potentially very strong. Congress and the Administration appear … Read more