Spokane Journal of Business

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$400 million in new projects targeted in grant awards

Three potential projects here could generate more than $400 million in capital investments and lead to the creation of 620 manufacturing and distribution jobs, according to data released with recent Washington state Department of Commerce grant awards. ...

Spokane Transit Authority, Uber mull pilot programs

Spokane Transit Authority is looking into partnerships with ride-sharing services, such as Uber. Steve Blaska, STA’s director of operations, says the organization’s staff met with Uber’s regional operations manager, Jonathan Hopkins, in October to...

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Downtown Spokane Partnership, city to curb meter feeders

The city of Spokane and the Downtown Spokane Partnership want to get meter feeders off downtown’s core streets and create more room for shoppers and visitors in the city’s center. The Spokane City Council has directed the city’s Parking Services De...

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Water rights issues hinder Kaiser site development north of Spokane

Officials here say plans for creating a mixed-use commercial development near what was formerly the Kaiser Aluminum Corp. Mead Works smelting plant north of Spokane have been put on hold due to a host of water rights issues. “It’s a long and involve...

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Hillyard rail cleanup plan review due by year-end

The Washington state Department of Ecology’s site manager for the Black Tank property in Hillyard says the department expects by the end of the year to submit changes to recommended proposals from two companies charged with removing contaminated oil on ...

Transportation plan update gears up

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council has begun work on an update to its long-range transportation plan for the region, known as Horizon 2040. First adopted by SRTC’s board in December 2013, Horizon 2040 is a metropolitan transportation plan for...

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Garco Construction lands $8.7 million DOT project

The Washington state Department of Transportation has awarded to Spokane-based Garco Construction Inc. an $8.7 million contract to build a new North Central Region Administration building in Wenatchee. Rich Wagner, a project manager for Garco, says the c...

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Bills rise for largest taxpayers in Spokane County

Tax bills levied on the top 50 property owners in Spokane County for 2016 totaled $51 million, up 3 percent from last year, county records show. The rate of increase was down, though, from a 6.4 percent increase in 2015 compared with the prior year’s t...

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Tougher overtime rules loom for Spokane employers

New overtime regulations set to go into effect Dec. 1 will mean some salaried workers could see a bump in pay, but many here will see their salaries converted to hourly wages, say Journal sources familiar with the update to the federal Fair Labor Standard...

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Water discharge regulations raise concerns

Three municipal operators along with Kaiser Aluminum Corp. and Inland Empire Paper Co. have Spokane River discharge permits up for renewal, but participants are raising concerns about higher regulatory standards being imposed as part of permit updates. F...

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