Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Real estate market optimism persists in Spokane

The commercial real estate sector will see a strong year in 2019 due in part to companies from other areas leasing space in Spokane, some industry professionals here say. Jon Jeffreys, broker at NAI Black, says he saw some office space absorbed this year...

Convention, sports tourism to see strong growth in Spokane

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....

Overall construction sector expects healthy 2019 in Spokane

Despite rising labor and material costs, the Spokane-area construction sector likely will see another healthy year, say industry professionals here....

Startup growth spurs Spokane’s technology sector

A strengthening entrepreneurial presence and international cybersecurity changes could affect Spokane’s technology sector in the upcoming year, some industry professionals here say....

Health care industry looks to improve access

Health care administrators in the Inland Northwest say 2018 has been a growth year for the industry, particularly in the areas of technology and mental health, as organizations focus on tools to enhance patient experiences and improve access to care ...

Finance experts: Economic growth to slow in 2019

Financial experts here say 2018 has been a good year for the Spokane area, but 2019 is unlikely to bring the same rate of growth. Steve Scranton, chief investment officer and economist for Spokane-based Washington Trust Bank, characterizes 2018 ...

Kootenai County anticipates steady expansion

Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, says the business community anticipates that Kootenai County will see another year of economic growth in 2019. “Regionally and in Kootenai County and Coeur d’Alene...

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. ...

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