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Inland Northwest economy continues to make positive strides

In some sectors of the Inland Northwest economy, activity levels are returning to prerecession levels, welcome news that comes none too soon for economic observers. In overall employment, Spokane-area economists are expecting job growth next year, though...

Jobs to continue to grow here, though possibly at slower rate

The rate of growth, however, might not keep pace with this year, says Grant Forsyth, regional labor economist for Spokane-based Avista Corp. He’s projecting a 1.5 percent increase in employment next year in Spokane and Kootenai counties, which would be ...

Spokane groups set goals for upcoming legislative session

Spokane groups set goals for upcoming legislative session

A roundup of regional priorities here for the 2014 session of the Washington Legislature focuses mostly on transportation and education projects and programs totaling more than $1 billion, although most of that would be for multiyear construction projects...

Spokane PFD starts design work for convention center skywalk

The Spokane Public Facilities District says it recently began the design process for an envisioned skywalk that would be constructed over Spokane Falls Boulevard to connect the Spokane Convention Center to a planned hotel that's being built across the str...

Francis Avenue bridge partially open as work continues

The new Francis Avenue bridge is now open to through traffic, says Darrell McCallum, the Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer for the development. The state opened one westbound lane and one eastbound lane on Nov. 16, McCallum ...

Don't let big terminal get derailed

Recently, I sat down with members of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Spokane City Council, the Legislature, and local labor organizations to talk about two things that we all agree are important to Spokane: jobs and agriculture. The reason I visited...

Spokane County, cities revenue share talks heat up

Spokane County, cities revenue share talks heat up

Spokane County and two cities that lie within it are discussing a revenue-sharing program intended to curb cities' desires to annex attractive, tax base-rich properties just outside their borders, and one elected official says such an agreement be...

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Big library projects are on the books

With a recent site-plan approval from the Spokane Valley City Council in hand, the Spokane County Library District says it expects to seek approval from county commissioners next month to put a $22 million bond measure before Valley voters next for...

Spokane contractor updates Coeur d'Alene sewage plant

Spokane contractor Williams Brother Construction LLC has begun work on the first phase of a wastewater treatment facility update for the city of Coeur d'Alene, says John Williams, project manager at Williams Brother. Construction at the plant, a...

Transportation plan sets sights on upkeep, North Spokane Corridor

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council's long-term transportation plan, called Horizon 2040, is shifting focus from constructing new projects to preservation of existing streets, says SRTC spokeswoman Staci Lehman."It's a different from the...

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