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COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION

Greater Spokane Incorporated invites you to get engaged on one of our many committees. GSI committees range 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.

AgriBusiness Council Steering Committee
Established in 1897, this council works to promote the agriculture industry through advocacy, infrastructure and economic activity. Chair: Jay Allert, Aslin-Finch Co.; Staff Liaison: Melisa Paul | 509.321.3633

Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Sub-Committee
Produces a farm machinery show that spotlights the latest innovations in agriculture each February. Chair: Tim Cobb, Hatley/Cobb; Staff Liaison: Melisa Paul | 509.321.3633

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
Focuses on creating jobs and investments in the Spokane region by expanding military operations. 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

Higher Education Leadership Group (HELG)
A national model of collaboration among higher education institutions and the business community. Members of this committee are Chancellor's and Presidents of our regional higher education institutions and universities amd leaders of businesses in our community.  This committee meets by invitation only. Co-Chairs: Dr. Beck Taylor, Whitworth University and Stacey Cowles, Spokesman Review; Staff Liaison: Meg Lindsay509.321.3608

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

Leaders Group
Advises the board and staff on GSI’s economic development program - business expansion, retention, recruitment and key developments.  Chair: Ted Lane, Wells Fargo

Public Policy Council
The central policy review group for GSI serves in a critical advisory role for the Board of Trustees. The Council reflects representation across industries. Chairs: Christine Varela, DH and Paul Read, Journal of Business; Staff Liaison: Cara Coon509.321.3622

Vision 2030 GSI Board Team
Drives the comprehensive vision for the growth of health sciences education, research, commercialization and the life sciences industry. Chair:  Jeff Philipps, Rosauers Supermarkets Inc.; Staff Liaison: Stacia Rasmussen | 509.321.3637