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Spokane’s North Bank draws a crowd

An estimated $36 million in commercial real estate has changed hands in Spokane’s North Bank neighborhood since the new sports stadium was announced there. That’s on top of $19 million in new developments and remodels permitted nearby during ...


Sustainable gift-bag maker Tokki hopes to go national

A sustainable gift bag company headquartered in Spokane has launched its core product, has a deal in the works with a large national retailer for next year’s holiday season, and is fundraising through crowdfunding. ...


2023 Economic Outlook: Many sectors brace for slower economy

The Spokane economy is expected to slow and perhaps, along with the rest of the country, enter a mild recession in 2023, as inflation, elevated interest rates, and labor shortages continue to provide obstacles to economic growth. ...


Meet & Greet with Spokane Sports’ Ashley Blake

Ashley Blake assumed her new role as chief executive officer for the Spokane Sports Commission on Dec. 5. Formerly the organization’s vice president, Blake is taking the helm for Eric Sawyer who was the organization’s CEO for 30 years....


Brick West Brewing plans two more locations

Brick West Brewing Co. is expanding with a new taproom north of Spokane and is planning a new taproom and second brewing facility in West Spokane, near Airway Heights. Co-owner Jordan Tampien says construction on the planned second brewing facility ...


Public works to outpace private projects in Spokane

Strong demand continues for commercial construction in the private sector, although private development is expected to slow in the new year due to ongoing labor issues and high materials prices. In 2023, public works projects likely will carry the bulk of...


Kootenai County rebound faces labor, housing challenges

Kootenai County is seeing a return to the incremental and measured growth that had been typical of North Idaho’s economy over the last decade, although that growth is being challenged by labor and housing shortages, says Sam Wolkenhauer, Post Falls-base...


Horizon Credit Union to expand operations in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley-based Horizon Credit Union is renovating its headquarters and constructing a new facilities-management and storage building in Spokane Valley’s Mirabeau neighborhood. Combined, the remodel and new construction projects are valued at...


HMA CPA acquires practice, moves to larger downtown space

Spokane-based accounting firm HMA CPA PS has moved to a larger location and has acquired its fifth accounting practice over a six-year span, says Mike Whitmore, shareholder at HMA CPA. “It’s been a big part of our growth strategy, not just organic ...


Real estate sales forecast dampens in INW

Real estate activity in the Spokane area started off strong in 2022, and while demand is expected to remain high, affordability challenges in the new year likely will dampen industry growth for both residential and commercial markets, according to some in...

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