Spokane Journal of Business

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Kootenai County anticipates steady expansion

Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, says the business community anticipates that Kootenai County will see another year of economic growth in 2019. “Regionally and in Kootenai County and Coeur d’Alene...

Mining industry is projecting improved returns

Mining companies here are optimistic they’ll see improved returns in 2019, based on forward-looking statements in recent earnings reports. “Our strategy is working. The (earning potential) we generated despite low metals prices is a result ...

Washington crop experts down amid trade conflicts

Some Washington crop producers are feeling negative impacts of ongoing trade disputes, industry experts say. Apples remain Washington’s top commodity with a value of $2.43 billion, up 3 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department o...

Spokane retail sales predicted to slow in 2019

Although retail sales growth here has been stronger than expected in recent years due to low interest rates and increased job growth, some observers of the retail industry are predicting a slowdown in the coming year. ...

Demand for wood products likely to remain steady

Despite fluctuations in lumber supply and pricing this year, demand for timber and forestry products and services is expected to stay consistent in 2019, some wood products industry observers say. ...

Conventions, sports tourism to see strong growth

This year has turned out better than expected in terms of the number of groups and conventions, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for Spokane tourism, says TJ Hake, interim president and CEO at Visit Spokane. ...

The Journal’s View: Wishing for prosperity, certainty in the new year

As a whole, Inland Northwest communities have reaped the benefits of another strong year of economic growth in a number of important areas: jobs, retail sales, and home prices, to name a few. Further growth is expected in many key areas ...

Guest Commentary: Capital gains fee would be illegal state income tax

Despite substantial state revenue growth, Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a 9 percent income tax on capital gains. This is just one of several tax increases the governor is pushing for in his massive 2019-21 budget proposal. ...

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The (Big) Engie that could

Energy and sustainability management service provider Engie Insight, formerly Ecova Inc., is ramping up the workforce at its Spokane office, which is at the center of a large technology upgrade for its French, multinational parent company Engie. ...

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