Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Health sector faces uncertainty in transitional year

Health sector faces uncertainty in transitional year

The Inland Northwest health care sector faces perhaps more uncertainty and change in the coming year than any other industry sector here, as it prepares for broad implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in 2014. Industry executives who...

Metal prices, demand said to be holding strong

Mining companies expect another year of high metal prices and production in 2013 to meet global demand for gold and silver, as well as for base metals. Industry leaders say challenges ahead include a growing shortage of experienced mine workers and...

Some in high tech expect to ramp up sales, workforce

Some Inland Northwest high-technology companies are expecting large gains in sales, along with some increases in employment, in 2013. Others expect to stay competitive in challenging markets.Meanwhile, angel investment efforts gathered steam a a...

Contractors said mostly optimistic about rebound

Contractors said mostly optimistic about rebound

Many residential and commercial builders here are looking to the new year with greater optimism than they have in years, some industry observers say.Corey Condron, owner of Condron Homes LLC, a longtime Spokane homebuilder, says the company has...

Real estate market staging comeback from big downturn

Real estate market staging comeback from big downturn

The residential real estate market appears to be starting a rebound following six years of sales declines, and commercial real estate also is poised for a comeback in 2013, industry observers say.Ken Lewis, owner of Spokane Valley-based Spokane...

Jobs expected to climb in '13 after rise in hiring this year

Spokane-area economists expect employment growth in 2013, building upon gains during the last half of this year.Grant Forsyth, chief economist at Spokane-based Avista Corp., says he's projecting 1.1 percent job growth in 2013 in Spokane and If 2...

Light at end of the tunnel grows

Like the ever-so-gradual acceleration of a heavily laden train, the Inland Northwest economy finally is expected to begin showing some noteworthy forward momentum next year, albeit at a still subpar pace.Although plenty of uncertainty remains, a...

CHAS medical director starts as  need grows

CHAS medical director starts as need grows

Dr. William Lockwood, who joined Community Health Association of Spokane in 2010 to launch its first urgent-care facility, has taken on new duties as CHAS medical director.The change comes as the nonprofit continues to grow, with plans to add to...

Kootenai Health acquires gastroenterology practice

Kootenai Health, the Coeur d'Alene-based hospital district that operates Kootenai Medical Center, has agreed to acquire a gastroenterology practice over the next year and a related endoscopy practice in 2014.North Idaho Gastroenterology will its...

New medical complex rises in Valley - art only

New medical complex rises in Valley - art only

The $58 million Providence Medical Park-Spokane Valley has started to come out of the ground along the south side of Interstate 90, along Indiana Avenue and east of Sullivan Road. The 127,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in of...

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