Spokane Journal of Business

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YES, SPOKANE, IT’S AMAZON

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. delivered confirmation of earlier reports first published by the Journal that the online mega-retailer plans to construct a massive distribution facility that will employ more than 1,500 people on the West Plains. The 2.6 million-square-foot, four-story robotic fulfillment center is being developed at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd., which is northeast of Interstate 90 and the Medical Lake Interchange, just southwest of Spokane International Airport.

 

SPOKANE-AREA EMPLOYERS CREATE 600 JOBS

Employers in the Spokane-Spokane Valley metropolitan statistical area added about 600 jobs in June, according to preliminary figures from the Washington state Employment Security Department. Total nonfarm employment crested 250,000, coming in at 250,300 people, up from 249,700 in May and 248,200 a year earlier. The jobless rate in the MSA held steady at 5.1 percent.

 

VISIT SPOKANE: TWO WEEKS OF EVENTS BRING IN $11 MILLION

Visit Spokane, the regional visitor’s bureau, reported that major conferences held this week and last will have a combined total estimated economic impact of more than $11 million and will have brought more than 8,500 visitors to Spokane. The gatherings include the Pacific Northwest Economic Region annual summit, at the Davenport Grand; a large Amway event called the Wolgamott Family Reunion, at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena; and the USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships, at Eastern Washington University.

 

AVISTA-HYDRO ONE DECISION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission extended its deadline for a decision on Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed acquisition of Spokane-based Avista Corp., to Dec. 14 from Aug. 14. The commission said the extension is in response to a recently announced agreement between Toronto-based Hydro One and the Province of Ontario that resulted in the resignation of the energy company’s full board of directors and the retirement of its CEO. 

 

WATER DEPARTMENT ELIMINATES LEAD SERVICE LINES

The city of Spokane Water Department completed its program to remove lead service lines in the city water system. The program was launched in May 2016. Since then, the city replaced 486 lead connections with new copper pipe.

 

EWU BREAKS GROUND ON SCIENCE CENTER BUILDING

Eastern Washington University broke ground on its envisioned $60 million, 100,000-square-foot Integrated Science Center building. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May 2020.