Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

$1 million food hall planned in old Sterling Savings building

Preliminary plans on file with the city of Spokane show the first floor of downtown Spokane’s former Sterling Bank building could soon be converted into a multitenant “food hall” restaurant space to be called Market Hall Eatery, following a renovati...

Project ID moves programs to Spokane Valley building

Spokane-based nonprofit Project ID is in the process of moving to a 19,400-square-foot building at 4209 E. Pacific, says Bob Hutchinson, executive director. The organization, which provides opportunities for personal development, work, socialization, and...

Downtown structure renovated, renamed SoDo Commons

Chris Batten, a Spokane developer and owner of RenCorp Realty LLC, has renovated the former Danmor Apartment building, at 410 W. Third, into SoDo Commons micro apartments. Batten purchased the 110-year-old building in the fall of 2016. The building’s s...

Two more buildings rising at Playfair Commerce Park

Construction is underway on two more warehouse buildings at the nearly 60-acre Playfair Commerce Park, the former home of the Playfair horse racing track in East Spokane. “Depending on the success of the two buildings, construction could start on anoth...

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Inland Northwest economy to build upon gains of 2017

Employers in Spokane County are projected to add jobs in 2018 at about the same pace they did this year. Meantime, business leaders in some sectors expect to build on this year’s momentum, while others are planning for activity to level off or slow. ...

Spokane employers expected to add 5,000 jobs again next year

Employers are expected to add about 5,000 jobs countywide in 2018, which would be similar to this year’s expansion pace, says Doug Tweedy, the Spokane-based regional economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department. At that clip, total...

Slow, steady growth might be as good as it gets in Kootenai County

Sam Wolkenhauer, Post Falls-based regional labor economist with the Idaho Department of Labor, expects Kootenai County’s economic growth will slow slightly in 2018. “But that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the economy,” Wolkenhauer sa...

Finance industry executives are bullish despite rate hikes

Bank, credit union, and investment market executives here remain mostly bullish about the coming year, despite possibly growth-dampening effects of anticipated Federal Reserve rate hikes and potential impacts of tax reform. Earlier this month, the Fede...

INW tourism marketers expect modest to strong growth

Cheryl Kilday, president and CEO of Visit Spokane, says the tourism-promotion organization is expecting modest growth in tourism here in 2018. “We’ve got a good number of convention groups coming in,” Kilday says. “Since the expansion of the Sp...

Spokane health care industry ramp-up is in high gear

Despite the ongoing prospect of changes to the Affordable Care Act, health care administrators in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene continue to drive operations in growth mode. Providence Health Care, the Inland Northwest’s largest provider network, has tr...

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