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Retired GSI CEO Rich Hadley to lead statewide initiative

Rich Hadley, who retired as Greater Spokane Incorporated’s CEO just two months ago, has agreed to head up a statewide initiative aimed at helping the Olympia-based Association of Washington Business forge closer ties with local chambers of commerce and ...


A promising response

Pain … chest pain, back pain, and abdominal pain as well as nausea, shortness of breath, and vomiting are among the top 10 reasons firefighters are called out by 911 dispatchers to assist people in the city of Spokane, says Brian Schaeffer, assistant fi...


Beacon Hill deadlock loosens

Long-time Spokane businessman and entrepreneur Pete Rayner says it’s go time. After 26 years, Rayner says he is ready, willing, and able to start the real work of building his dream project at Beacon Hill, in East Spokane. And the City of Spokane agree...

Innovate Washington shutdown still being sorted, negotiated

As of last week, Spokane-based Innovate Washington, the statewide technology-focused economic development agency, no longer exists, and the agency’s operating reserves are under the control of the state’s Department of Commerce, which says it will ful...

The Growler Guys craft beer shop seeks other space after objection to liquor license

Geoff Guertzmacher and his wife, Lindsey, who live in the Tri-Cities, are delaying plans to open a Growler Guys craft beer shop on Spokane’s South Hill after learning their state liquor license application was being held up because of an objection. Mea...


City, vendors look to resolve food-truck fracas

Players in the Spokane food truck-regulations fracas were meeting this week to try to iron out some of the issues around a proposed ordinance governing how, when, and where mobile food truck vendors operate in and around the Spokane area. Ben Stuckart, ...


Riverfront Park plan, financing are up for vote

Spokane Park Board members will meet next week to deliberate and vote on the $60 million master plan as it exists today and a finance package to renovate Riverfront Park that, if approved, will go to the Spokane City Council for approval before it can be ...


Green Bluff event-rules clarifications welcomed by some

Green Bluff farmers and event sponsors appear somewhat apprehensive, but generally supportive of new rules Spokane County commissioners adopted last month that spell out how special events, including weddings, are hosted on small-tract agricultural areas ...

City proposes street, parks funding plan

The city of Spokane announced this morning a refinancing proposal that would fund street maintenance and park improvements. If executed as proposed, the city says in a press release, strategic refinancing could provide $25 million annually for street f...

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