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Category Archives: Public Policy

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

What is Greater Voice?

By Cara Coon, Public Affairs Director In the truest sense of the word, advocacy is defined as influencing a decision within political, economic and social systems or institutions. To be able to influence decisions at the local, state or federal … Read more

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2019 State Legislative Priority Agenda

  We introduced our 2019 State Legislative Priority Agenda at the Legislative Forum event last week. The State Agenda represents projects and priorities for the entire Spokane region and helps us have a greater, more unified voice. We will be … Read more

Greater Spokane Inc. Opposes Carbon Fee Initiative 1631

(SPOKANE, Wash.) –Greater Spokane Inc.’s (GSI) Board of Trustees voted this week to oppose Initiative 1631, which seeks to impose a new carbon emissions fee. I-1631 would establish an escalating fee on carbon emissions starting at $15 per metric ton, … Read more