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County-city revenue share proposal still in the works

Spokane County and two cities that lie within it still are in the process of negotiating a possible revenue-sharing agreement for industrial-zoned land on the West Plains, says Al French, Spokane County commissioner. The talks are moving forward, but no...

Legislative bills propose new port district options

Two bills introduced recently in the Washington state Legislature and sponsored partly by Spokane-area legislators would give Spokane County more options for creating a port district to help promote economic development here. One or the other of them, h...

Integrus Architecture designs embassy compound to be built in northern Africa

The U.S. State Department has awarded a $131 million contract to a design-and-construction team that includes Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane, as the architect of record for a new U.S. embassy compound to be constructed in the northwestern African co...

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Low-impact development said to be in higher demand

Landscape architect Len Zickler, a principal in the Spokane office of Tacoma-based AHBL Inc., says the company is seeing more requests to design environmentally friendly infrastructure to manage stormwater drainage. He expects this approach, called low-...

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Marijuana businesses pose risk to banks—for now

Financial institutions in Washington state are anticipating federal guidance on how best to navigate the precarious issue of state law versus federal law in regard to allowing marijuana businesses access to traditional banking services. That question h...

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Spokane Transit Authority eyes big West Plains project

Spokane Transit Authority is in the early stages of planning for a $12 million West Plains transit center aimed at increasing passenger capacity and better connecting small cities west of Spokane. STA is seeking outside engineering and design consultants...

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Bankruptcies in Eastern Washington, North Idaho fall for third straight year

Bankruptcy filings fell again in Eastern Washington and North Idaho last year, marking the third year in a row that they’ve declined. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of Washington reported 5,057 cases filed in 2013, down 7 percent from ...

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Foreclosures climbed in Spokane County last year

Foreclosure actions completed in Spokane County swelled to a record level in 2013 following a four-year low in 2012, despite other indicators of improving real estate market trends. Last year, the Spokane County Auditor’s Office recorded 1,211 foreclos...

Deer Park business park clears key funding hurdle

The first phase of a long-envisioned Deer Park Business & Industrial Center project finally is moving forward after the Deer Park City Council approved a $1.3 million local improvement district bond last month. Bob Lee, owner of Deer Park-based Centennia...

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'Green rush' set to boom

As the license application deadline for growing, processing, or selling marijuana in Washington state approaches, the number of Spokane County retail applicants is almost twice the number of retail licenses the county has been allotted. As of Dec.17, a ...

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