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COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION

We invite you to engage in one of our many committees, ranging anywhere from B2B Connect Networking Groups to supporting our military, health care and education. Some committees are open to all, while others require an application process.

Spokane Ag Expo Board
Produces the annual Spokane Ag Expo tradeshow; the Northwest’s premier platform where ag professionals learn more about industry innovation, collaborate, and connect with industry experts; Staff Liaison: Melisa Paul | 509.321.3633

Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Committee
Delivers a variety of seminars pertinent to the agriculture industry; where professionals and youth gain valuable information from experts on industry changes, technology, certifications and resources; Staff Liaison: Diahne Gill | 509.321.3615

B2B Connect Networking Groups
B2B Connect Groups provide the opportunity to connect directly with new customers through trusted referrals. Group sizes vary, and are limited to one person per industry/profession; Staff Liaisons: Elizabeth Mills 509.321.3631

  • B2B Connect Group: Downtown | First and Third Tuesdays of each month, noon to 1 p.m. at Nectar Downtown
  • B2B Connect Group: River| First and Third Wednesdays of each month, 11 to noon at Fruci & Associates

Education Attainment Advisory Group
The Education Attainment Advisory Group is made up of business, higher education and community leaders who are committed to building strategies that provide opportunities for working adults, ages 25-65, to return to school and complete a high level certificate or degree. Co-Chairs: Dr. Christine Johnson, CCS and Tom Johnson, GSI Board Chair; Staff Liaison: Meg Lindsay | 509.321.3611

Forward Fairchild
GSI is working to support our military, military personnel, and civilian contractors by advocating for the current and future mission priorities of Fairchild Air Force Base and other military operations in the region. With a roster of close to 6,000 employees, Fairchild Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in Eastern Washington. Chair: Kevin Twohig, Public Facilities Disctrict; Staff Liaison: Jessica Kirk509.321.3641

Health Care
Promotes a comprehensive and integrated system of health care delivery, education programs, and skilled workforce in the Inland Northwest. Meets: Third Tuesday of every other month, 7:30-8:45 a.m. Chair: Kim Haggerty; Staff Liaison: Meg Lindsay 509.321.3611

Health Industry Development Group (HIDG)
For C-level leaders in the health industry, working to link the health sciences industry to advocacy (public policy) and drive economic development in our region. Chair: Bill Bouten, Bouten ConstructionStaff Liaison: Meg Lindsay | 509.321.3611

K-12 Roundtable
Links K-12 leadership closely with business and industry to improve understanding of employer needs and to work together to develop solutions. Meets: First Monday of every other month from 2-3:30 p.m. Co-Chairs: Bruce Williams, GeoEngineers and Dr. Shelley Redinger, Spokane Public Schools; Staff Liaison: Meg Lindsay | 509.321.3611

Public Policy Council
The central policy review group for GSI serves in a critical advisory role for the Board of Trustees and directs all advocacy on behalf of investors. The Council reflects representation across industries. Chairs: Christine Varela, DH; Staff Liaison: Cara Coon509.321.3622

Health Care & Life Sciences Spokane (Vision 2030) Executive Advisory Council
Drives the comprehensive vision for the growth of health sciences education, research, commercialization and the health care and life sciences industries. Chair:  Jeff Philipps, Rosauers Supermarkets Inc.; Staff Liaison: Stacia Rasmussen | 509.321.3637