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Place LA is off to strong start in blooming economy

After more than two decades working in landscape architecture, Joshua Tripp started Place Landscape Architecture LLC here on April Fool’s Day in 2016 with just $100 in a business account. Since then, says Tripp, the landscape architecture firm has flour...


Greenways: Gonzaga students engineer future transport

Gonzaga University engineering professor Rhonda Young claims we’re in the midst of a new transportation era, similar to the days when cars first began to replace horse-and-buggy as the main mode of transportation. “We’re looking at a future with ...


The city of Spokane’s environmental report card

The city of Spokane recently issued its environmental report card, which highlights an ongoing menu of eco-friendly efforts to support and encourage environmental sustainability through financially stable means, says Catherine Olsen, the city's environmen...


Butting out at Spokane County

A Spokane County committee called the Eco-Team has launched a local pilot project of the national Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, says Cassandra Harvey, water resource specialist with the county’s Solid Waste division within the Environmental Servi...


Avista to debut Solar Select energy program

Registration has started for Spokane-based Avista Utilities newest renewable energy program, Solar Select. Marc Schaffner, renewable energy product manager for Avista, describes the program as a cost-effective structure designed to bring solar energy to ...


Budinger & Associates sees revenue, staffing growth

During the past three years, Spokane Valley-based environmental services company Budinger & Associates Inc. has seen about a 25 percent increase in staff, which now consists of 46 mostly full-time employees, says John Finnegan, CEO, principal engineer, an...


INW financial planners counsel clients to think long term

Maybe you’re retired, or maybe you’re close to retirement, and the stock market, though fluctuating wildly in recent weeks, remains at an all-time high. Despite the appearance of volatility and uncertainty, Spokane-area financial planners say they’...


Helping caregivers understand dementia

Rick Bennett, administrator of the Bennett House adult day care center in Coeur d’Alene, says he’s about to start up a new business to help caregivers of people with cognitive loss. The new venture, to be called The Dementia Coach, is designed to hel...

State launches online retirement marketplace

Since the launch of the Washington Retirement Marketplace last month, the nation’s first state-verified online marketplace for low-cost retirement plans, its director, Carolyn McKinnon, says the program is receiving an encouraging number of calls and we...

Pension-maximizing options allow income flexibility

Do you have a defined-benefit pension plan? We’re not talking about 401(k)s or 403(b) deferred compensation accounts. We’re talking about an actual life-income pension that gives you a guaranteed income in retirement for the rest of your life. Ofte...

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