Spokane County and the Washington state Department of Transportation started work in late May on the Geiger Boulevard infrastructure improvement project that will support traffic increases anticipated by the new Amazon fulfillment center. The improvements also are expected to support further economic development in that area. The project will include upgrading Geiger into a three-lane asphalt roadway, and major improvements at the Medical Lake and Grove Road interchanges with Interstate 90.
The Spokane County Assessor’s Office sent out change-of-value notices in late May to all property owners in Spokane County. The new assessed values will be used to calculate taxes due in 2020
Portland-based Rodda Paint Co. has reopened its Spokane Valley store in a new location, at 409 N. Thierman, following a Feb. 17 fire that destroyed its store at 6818 E. Sprague. The company plans to be in the 8,800-square-foot building along Thierman for at least two years
The city of Spokane has developed a new pilot program for responding more quickly to reports of illegal camping and to expedite cleanup of such sites, while providing campers with more resources. The city said the program is decreasing the average time to resolve a complaint to four days, from 13 days.
The city of Hayden has received a $9.5 million loan to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality loan carries a low interest rate and is payable over 20 years.
The Kalispel Tribe of Indians plans to open the $14 million Northern Quest RV Resort in late May just south of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The first half of the development was available to guests starting Saturday, June 1. It consists of 38 RV spaces and 18 tiny cottages, as well as common amenities, such as a pool and clubhouse.
The Washington state Department of Commerce has awarded $1 million in grants to support small businesses in life sciences and health information technology statewide. Greater Spokane Incorporated was among the grant recipients, receiving $100,000 to support its Vision 2030 initiative to create a health care and life sciences hub in Spokane.
Optimism is growing among the business community in the Pacific Northwest, according to a report published by the Washington State University Carson College of Business. While many business leaders and employees surveyed in the report attributed the strengthening business climate to advances in technology, they also see growing opportunity in the marijuana industry and wine production, the report said.