Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

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Promotion reflects love of community banking for State Bank Northwest exec

The banking field hasn’t lost its luster for Lorilei Bruggink, who has worked in the industry for 35 years and was named president of Spokane Valley-based State Bank Northwest earlier this month....

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Federal student aid system undergoes overhaul

Several policy changes were included in the recently approved 2021 Omnibus spending bill that will ease the federal student aid application process and expand Pell Grant eligibility, industry observers here say....

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High end, high demand in Spokane’s housing market

The luxury-home market is especially hot in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market due to what some agents say is a convergence of factors. ...

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Low home inventory doesn’t dissuade new Realtors

Spokane real estate agent Mary Stanton worked part-time in real estate for decades before deciding late last year to make it her full-time profession. Despite the arrival of COVID-19, the 51-year-old Stanton says she’s busier in real estate now ...

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Copper Creek Landscaping to expand in Hillyard

The owner of a Spokane-based landscaping company located in the Hillyard neighborhood has his sights set on expanding his current office and constructing a new 18,000-square-foot light-industrial incubator starting the middle of the year....

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New residents are just one factor in rise in Spokane home values

Ever thought it’s those out-of-towners who have driven up housing prices here recently? You probably aren’t alone. After all, the median house price for resale has climbed from approximately $284,000 to $330,000 over the past four quarters. ...

Work on North Idaho veterans home to resume in spring

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services says it will resume construction in the spring on a 64-room veterans home in Post Falls on a 7-plus-acre parcel of donated land. Veterans Services broke ground and began site work in the final quarter of 2020...

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2021 could usher in economic reset

While our previous decade-long ascending economy took an abrupt nosedive in 2020, prognosticators among many economic sectors are looking up for 2021. The extent of their optimism, however, hinges on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, or congressional...

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Construction activity likely to be strong in 2021

The 2020 construction season got off to a slow start because of pandemic-induced restrictions. Overall, though, industry observers here say the season finished better than expected, and 2021 is expected to even better. About $30 million in public work ...

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Health care system to continue to be challenged

While Washington state officials say the first COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to select groups of residents this month, local health care officials say there will continue to be areas of uncertainty heading into next year. ...

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