The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. is in full swing. What better time than now to take a trip to our nation’s capital?
That’s what we’re doing here at Greater Spokane Incorporated. But we’re not going for the festival (although it’s a nice perk). We’re headed over to D.C. to advocate on behalf of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Our region has more than 40 business leaders and the Greater Spokane Valley, West Plains, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene Chambers of Commerce on our side.
Much like we did in Olympia in late January, our delegation will meet with our elected officials to ensure support for various projects in our area.
Want the North Spokane Corridor extended south to the Spokane River? We’ll advocate for that. Care to see brand new KC-46A tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base? We’ll advocate for that, too. Want more residency slots available to medical school students in Spokane? That’s on our list as well.
So why do we travel to D.C. each year? It’s simple: to ensure Spokane and the Inland Northwest is a great place to do business. If we didn’t have a strong presence in D.C., how would we keep Spokane on the minds of our elected officials there? How would we secure a $35 million grant for the latest construction on the North Spokane Corridor?
It’s no secret these economic times are tough. Funding for different programs isn’t widely available. And that’s exactly why we’re going to our nation’s capital.
If resources are slim, wouldn’t we want to be face-to-face with the decision makers in D.C.?