Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Construction industry looks strong in Spokane despite workforce shortages

Despite difficulty finding qualified workers, the construction industry here will continue its overall strong economic momentum into 2018, say some industry professionals. James T. “Tim” Welsh, CEO of Spokane-based contractor Garco Construction Inc...

Spokane-area retail sales outpace income—for now

Following the trend of recent years, retailers here are again predicting sales growth for 2018. However, with income growth for the region remaining low, some industry representatives and observers remain skeptical as to how long this period of gains will...

Spokane real estate industry expects healthy year

Strong activity in the real estate sector will continue on into 2018, some industry professionals say. Larry Soehren, president and CEO of Spokane-based commercial real estate and property management company Kiemle & Hagood Co., says the overall commerci...

Inland Northwest timber industry anticipates modest growth

Some observers of the wood products industry are expecting to see modest growth in U.S. housing starts in 2018, which would drive demand for timber and forestry products and services. Joel White, executive officer of the Spokane Home Builders Association...

Spokane technology scene grows with investment, acquisition

As technology becomes increasingly more influential in daily life, the tech industry here is growing, some industry professionals say. Thomas Simpson, president of the startup investment group Spokane Angel Alliance, says the group invested a total of $1...

Mining industry upbeat, optimistic about new year

Laura Skaer, executive director of Spokane-based American Exploration & Mining Association, says capital is returning to the U.S. mining industry, and investors and mining concerns are putting ventures together to back new projects. Skaer, fresh from the...

Apple, wheat sales strong despite change, challenge

An emerging trend fueled by the nation’s consumers has apple growers in Washington state producing nontraditional varieties of apples at an unprecedented rate, says Todd Fryover, president of the Wenatchee, Wash.-based Washington Apple Commission. “I...

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Inland Imaging’s sharper image

Inland Imaging LLC, of Spokane, has begun using new dual scanning technology called a SPECT-CT scan, which radiologists here say enables them to diagnose and treat patients with certain conditions more accurately. Inland’s nuclear medicine manager Davi...

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Providence cardiac program accredited for treatment of congenital heart disease

The Providence Adult & Teen Congenital Heart Program, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, is among the first heart programs in the U.S. to receive accreditation from Adult Congenital Heart Association. The program here is o...

HSSA grants $380,000 for access to health care

The Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County announced it will grant $380,000 next year to five community recipients of its annual Access to Care grant competition. The organizations that were selected provide health services and increased ...

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