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GSI and Spokane County Announce Joint PPE Distribution for Small Businesses and Non-profits

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) and Spokane County are distributing free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Spokane County small businesses and non-profits reduce barriers to reopening and continue operations to keep employees and the public safe. Spokane County allocated CARES Act funds to purchase the PPE.

The GSI-led Regional Economic Recovery & Resiliency Task Force and Spokane County are finalizing the details for this free event, called OPENTogether, to provide businesses and non-profits with 49 and fewer employees PPE supplies which will include hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner, disposable facial coverings and cloth facial coverings.

What: Free Distribution of PPE for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Location: Spokane County Fairgrounds, 404 N Havana Street, Spokane Valley

Date: June 29 – July 2, 2020 Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Register: Business with 49 and few employees must register here prior to pick-up

“We understand small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and they have been especially hardhit during this crisis,” said GSI CEO Alisha Benson. “We thank the Board of County Commissioners’ investment in supporting them open safely for their employees and customers and providing the resources at a time when they are needed most.”

Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, Al French stated, “This distribution of PPE is just one of the next steps necessary to get Spokane County into and beyond Phase 3. Businesses and nonprofits throughout our region have made it clear that they are ready to follow strict guidelines for use of personal protective equipment and sanitation practices. As a Board, our focus is to do everything we can to get our economy rolling again safely. We will continue to look for ways to do this as we determine future allocations of the federal CARES Act funding.”

To date, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners has allocated over $2 million of federal CARES Act funds to purchase PPE for small businesses, non-profits, County employees, and Courthouse visitors to help aid in the safe reopening of our community.

For further questions about the OPENTogether distribution, email GSI at ppeinfo@greaterspokane.org.

About Greater Spokane Inc.

Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) is the Spokane region’s business development organization. GSI creates the place where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including nearly 900 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Millwood, Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit GreaterSpokane.org.

About Spokane County

Spokane County serves over half a million citizens and 13 municipal jurisdictions, making it the fourthlargest county in the State of Washington. For more information, visit www.spokanecounty.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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