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SmaK Plastics grows in North Idaho

SmaK Plastics grows in North Idaho

ince leasing a shuttered Coeur d’Alene facility and moving in last April, Vancouver, Wash.-based S…

Inland Northwest economy to build upon gains of 2017

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 y…

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

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 ye…

Finance industry executives are bullish despite rate hikes

Finance industry executives are bullish despite rate hikes

Bank, credit union, and investment market executives here remain mostly bullish about the coming yea…

INW tourism marketers expect modest to strong growth

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

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…

Construction industry looks strong in Spokane despite workforce shortages

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

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…