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New Nursing Licensure Compact Helps Fill Workforce Shortage

By Pia Hallenberg *This story first appeared in the 2023 GSI Connect Magazine, which can found on our About Us page. Connect with us and learn how your company can get involved in our talent and advocacy efforts. For the last six years, Greater Spokane Inc. has used its legislative advocacy to support passage of a Nurse Licensure …

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Marty Dickinson

Marty Dickinson: Leaning in to Support Bonds and Levies

I have spent my professional life pouring into the spaces that lift our region up. That often requires me to wear multiple hats, and that is how I come to you today, wearing the many hats that are important to me.  I am a fierce advocate for public K-12 education. Having had three children attend …

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Olympia Legislative Update

Legislative Session Update: January 29-February 3, 2024

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate For More InformationPublic Policy developments change fast. Note this is a wrap-up of the week of January 29-February 3. You can find the prior week wrap-up here: January 22-26, January 15-19, and January 8-12, 2024. For more details about any of the bills in this article, visit …

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Olympia Legislative Update

Legislative Session Update: January 22-26, 2024

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate This Legislature Could Use a CutoffThe 2024 Washington State Legislative Session is more than a quarter of the way finished. The House of Origin policy cutoff is looming and committees are beginning to shift their focus to marking up bills, drafting amendments, committee votes …

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Olympia Fly-In Recap

GSI 2024 Olympia Fly-In Recap

Advocating for Medical Lake Recovery, the North Spokane Corridor, and Education and Workforce Solutions By Jake Mayson, Director of Public Policy, Greater Spokane Inc. From January 17-19, Greater Spokane Inc. embarked on an impactful journey to the state capital for the much-anticipated 2024 Olympia Fly-In with more than 60 business, non-profit, elected, and public sector …

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D.C. Fly-in Highlights Spokane Strengths

By Jake Mayson, Director of Public Policy, Greater Spokane Inc. A Spokane regional delegation of community leaders recently went to Washington D.C. for the “D.C. Fly-in” to advocate on behalf of the Spokane region. The Greater Spokane Inc. D.C. Fly-In brings together business leaders, elected officials, and community members from the Spokane region to advocate …

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Legislative Update with Jim Hedrick

Legislative Session Update: March 13-17

By Jim Hedrick, GSI WA State Lobbyist and Spokane Regional Advocate With approximately one month left in the legislative session, committees were back in swing this week hearing bills from the opposite chamber. Bills must now move forward in the opposite chamber, progressing through policy and fiscal committees on their way to the floor. Majority …

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