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SPOKANE TO HOST NATIONAL ROLLER SPORTS EVENT

The Spokane Sports Commission announced that Spokane has been selected to host the 2019 USA Roller Sports National Championships. Planned for July 17 through Aug. 7, the event is expected to attract about 3,000 athletes, generate 12,500 overnight stays, and have an $11 million economic impact.

 

JOBS COUNTYWIDE DECREASE, BUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STILL FALLS

Spokane County had a total of 223,400 jobs in August, according to preliminary figures released by the Washington state Employment Security Department, down 1,900 jobs compared with figures from a year earlier. The unemployment rate, however also dropped to 4.9 percent in August, compared with the county jobless rate of 5.2 percent in August 2017.

 

GSI UNVEILS REBRANDING, NEW SLOGAN      

Greater Spokane Inc., Spokane’s regional business development organization, unveiled a new logo and tagline at its annual meeting. In the logo, which was designed by Spokane branding agency DH, the letter A in the words “greater” and “Spokane” are tipped to appear as right-pointing arrows, which are intended to represent forward momentum. Blue and green colors in the arrows match the familiar Spokane’s Expo ’74 color palate, and the point of the arrow is a deep lilac shade of purple, also a common color used in Spokane’s branding. GSI’s new tagline is “Together we’re greater,” which replaces its original tagline “Create something greater.”

 

HECLA INCREASES STAKE IN DOLLY VARDEN

Hecla Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co., has exercised warrants to acquire 1.25 million common shares in Dolly Varden Silver Corp., of Vancouver, British Columbia. Hecla Canada now controls about 6.8 million shares of Dolly Varden, or about 12 percent of the company’s shares. Hecla said it doesn’t have any more securities convertible into shares, and it doesn’t have any have any current plans to acquire a further interest in Dolly Varden.

 

CITY TASK FORCE TO MULL EXPANDING SALARY BOARD WORK

Mayor David Condon said he’s convening a task force to consider expanding the work of the Salary Review Commission and other changes that would help the city remain a competitive employer. “Our citizens deserve smart, competent, and qualified professionals,” Condon said. “We also want a diverse workforce that represents our community.” The announcement comes on the heels of a Council override of Condon’s veto of an ordinance that gives the council more oversight over administrative hiring.

 

SPOKANE RANKS THIRD STATEWIDE IN LIQUOR SALES

Longtime Spokane-based Inland Northwest Blood Center was renamed Vitalant as part of a consolidation under its parent nonprofit, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Blood Systems Inc., of 10 blood center brands operating 127 donation centers across 40 states. “Our organization has grown to encompass blood donation centers and specialty services from coast to coast,” says Vitalant President and CEO Dave Green. “As transfusion medicine leaders, we embrace this opportunity to combine our innovative capabilities.”