Spokane Journal of Business

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MacKay Manufacturing buys structure in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley-based MacKay Manufacturing Inc. is expanding its space and is hoping to grow its staff and increase production capacity. Katie MacKay, vice president and second-generation MacKay Manufacturing owner, says the computer numerical control...

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Economic Outlook 2019: Momentum to carry into new year, with some slowing

The Inland Northwest business community has plenty of momentum going into 2019, but an inevitable slowdown that’s bound to follow a long economic growth cycle is expected....

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Falls Tower hits historic preservation speed bump

The planned $60 million Falls Tower project has been placed on hold while the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission decides whether the two former YWCA buildings at 829 W. Broadway merit historic preservation designation...

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Simply Northwest: Sparkling with spirit of the season

Even before entering the Spokane Valley store, Simply Northwest greets customers with a window display so festive that Buddy the Elf would be proud....

Amazon effect might not lead to employment surge

It’s unusual—arguably unprecedented—to go into a new year knowing one employer plans to hire 1,500 people in the Spokane area. A pair of Spokane economists, however, are projecting job growth in 2019 similar to what has occurred this year...

Real estate market optimism persists in Spokane

The commercial real estate sector will see a strong year in 2019 due in part to companies from other areas leasing space in Spokane, some industry professionals here say. Jon Jeffreys, broker at NAI Black, says he saw some office space absorbed this year...

Convention, sports tourism to see strong growth in Spokane

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....

Overall construction sector expects healthy 2019 in Spokane

Despite rising labor and material costs, the Spokane-area construction sector likely will see another healthy year, say industry professionals here....

Startup growth spurs Spokane’s technology sector

A strengthening entrepreneurial presence and international cybersecurity changes could affect Spokane’s technology sector in the upcoming year, some industry professionals here say....

Health care industry looks to improve access

Health care administrators in the Inland Northwest say 2018 has been a growth year for the industry, particularly in the areas of technology and mental health, as organizations focus on tools to enhance patient experiences and improve access to care ...

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