Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Mining industry is projecting improved returns

Mining companies here are optimistic they’ll see improved returns in 2019, based on forward-looking statements in recent earnings reports. “Our strategy is working. The (earning potential) we generated despite low metals prices is a result ...

Washington crop experts down amid trade conflicts

Some Washington crop producers are feeling negative impacts of ongoing trade disputes, industry experts say. Apples remain Washington’s top commodity with a value of $2.43 billion, up 3 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department o...

Spokane retail sales predicted to slow in 2019

Although retail sales growth here has been stronger than expected in recent years due to low interest rates and increased job growth, some observers of the retail industry are predicting a slowdown in the coming year. ...

Demand for wood products likely to remain steady

Despite fluctuations in lumber supply and pricing this year, demand for timber and forestry products and services is expected to stay consistent in 2019, some wood products industry observers say. ...

Conventions, sports tourism to see strong growth

This year has turned out better than expected in terms of the number of groups and conventions, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for Spokane tourism, says TJ Hake, interim president and CEO at Visit Spokane. ...

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Medcurity: Helping with HIPAA

Spokane-based health care information technology startup Medcurity Inc. has developed and launched a type of secure records compliance platform that the company’s founders claim is already in high demand. ...

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Mental health insurance coverage to broaden soon

Starting Jan. 1, behavioral health services traditionally covered through Medicaid also will be covered by some of the same managed care organizations that currently cover physical health services, says Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. ...

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Direct Primary Care offers services through membership model

Matt Dinsmore says he became dissatisfied with the prevailing medical care model after several years of working in health care. His dissatisfaction with high insurance premiums, high patient volumes, and the complexities of dealing with insurance...

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Nonprofits, landlords tackle housing affordability

Dozens of landlords and representatives of Spokane County nonprofit agencies that serve low-income and homeless people have partnered to create the Spokane Landlord Liaison Network, which aims to increase affordable housing options ...

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School work: A first look at the Lewis & Clark High School expansion

Spokane Public Schools plans to start work next spring on a $23.4 million addition at Lewis & Clark High School, on the periphery of downtown Spokane. The project will involve adding eight classrooms ...

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