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Category Archives: Public Policy

Greater Spokane Inc. and Partners Launch InlandBizStrong Business Resources Navigation Tool

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC), the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (SIMBA) – under the regional InlandBizStrong initiative – today launched a digital … Read more

SBA Disaster Loans Available for Businesses

Please note that we are providing Covid-19 updates regularly. Please check the Covid-19 page for the latest update. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) … Read more

2020 Olympia Fly-In Recap

We used our outside voices in Olympia last week! More than 70 business, education, health care, nonprofit and governmental leaders from our region raised our collective voices last week on January 22-23 during the 2020 Joint Chamber Fly-In. Our diverse … Read more

DC Fly-In Recap

By Cara Coon, Public Affairs Director Last week, leaders from across our region took the advocacy show on the road to our nation’s capital for GSI’s annual Washington D.C. Fly-In. Here is the trip by the numbers: 30 Spokane leaders … Read more

Our Priorities: Advocating for a competitive, strong, vibrant region

  Our federal agenda curates priorities from around the Spokane region on federal policies, laws and rule-making that guide the employer community. Much like our state agenda, the federal agenda lists priorities that will enable our region to grow and … Read more

Increase in Budget Means New Taxes for Business (Don’t pass the buck!)

By Cara Coon, Public Affairs Director   The 2019 legislative session is past the half-way mark and we’ve learned a few things. The good news?               Our legislature has almost $4 billion in new anticipated revenues for the next biennium. The … Read more

Working for Economic Development Funding with SB 5899

Spokane County is unique in many ways, which makes it a great place to live, learn, work and play. Did you know, too, Spokane is the only County in Washington State that does not have a dedicated fund for economic … Read more

Developing the 2019 Federal Agenda

A tangible aspect of GSI’s advocacy – its Voice – is the annual priority agenda development for state and federal business and policy-related issues. The diverse perspectives of the members of our Public Policy Council allow us to source federal … Read more

Teaming Up for Maximum Impact

By Debbie Rauen, Legendary Hills Communications Christine Varela is chair of the Public Policy Council of Greater Spokane Inc., a position she has held for three years. She is a partner in DH, a public relations, advertising and branding agency. … Read more

Olympia Fly-In Recap

By Cara Coon, Public Affairs Director There is an energy about advocacy, meeting with lawmakers who are elected to make sound decisions on behalf of their constituents. GSI held its annual 2019 Olympia Fly-In on January 23-24, traveling with nearly … Read more