Spokane Journal of Business

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Urban Outfitters building takes top design award

ALSC Architects PS and Centennial Properties Inc., both of Spokane, won the top honor in the 2017 Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards for an expansion and remodel project at a retail building now anchored by Urban Outfitters downtown. ALSC also was rec...

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A new approach to Riverfront Park

As some long-envisioned improvements to downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park start to become reality, the city’s Parks and Recreations Department is grappling with a looming challenge: How does it create a financial sustainability plan for the city’s ...

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Median household income increase in Spokane County outpaces U.S., state

Household income in Spokane County has increased at a faster pace than statewide and national incomes, data compiled by the Community Indicators of Spokane Initiative show. Countywide annual median household income rose 9.3 percent last year, according t...

Startup efforts in Whitman, Asotin counties to grow

Inland Northwest Partners, a community economic development and educational nonprofit based in Liberty Lake, has won a two-year, $142,000 contract with the Washington state Department of Commerce for business startup assistance in Whitman and Asotin count...

Ignite cda issues request for Midtown development proposals

Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency, which operates as ignite cda, has issued a request for development proposals for land it owns in the city’s Midtown corridor. Located at 813 to 823 N. Fourth, the property totals 23,000 square feet—or a half-...

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Neighborhood commercial buildings to be revived

Kelly Chadwick, owner of Spokane-based Spirit Pruners, says he’s eager to begin the process of working with city planners as he prepares to establish a permanent home for his tree pruning business in a West Central neighborhood. Chadwick’s effort to ...

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Unfair labor practice filings in Spokane buck trend

Not long after returning to his hometown of Spokane six months ago, Chris Foster, a labor law attorney at Randall Danskin PS, wanted to know how many unfair labor practice filings have been submitted here in the last few years. Through the Washington, D....

Greater Spokane Incorporated revises approach to strategic plan

Greater Spokane Incorporated is restructuring its strategic plan for improving the Spokane area’s business climate, with the goal of prioritizing those items that can be implemented soonest, says GSI CEO Todd Mielke. “The previous plan was divided i...

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Rail facility project likely to relocate to new airport PDA

One of the first infrastructure projects under consideration for the recently formed West Plains Public Development Authority might be the long-envisioned transload facility, says Spokane County Commissioner Al French. The facility won’t be located, ho...

Business license amnesty program nets 1,000 businesses

The city of Spokane says the business registration amnesty program it set up has reduced by 1,000 the number of unregistered businesses that are located in the city or do business here. City taxes and license specialist Margaret Redd says there now are r...

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