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Johnston Engineering builds on strong 2020

Johnston Engineering PLLC saw its strongest year-over-year growth last year and is on track to meet or exceed that level this year, says owner Andy Johnston....


‘Pringles’ church roof dubbed feat of engineering

Although Spokane doesn’t have the most recognizable skyline, assistant professor of civil engineering at Gonzaga University Joshua Schultz would argue that the buildings within it are nothing short of spectacular....


Food shortages test Inland Northwest restaurants

Most mornings, Paul D’Orazi opens emails to find out which foods will be in short supply that day. The “low inventory warning” he received at Incrediburger & Eggs on a recent, late June morning from distributor US Foods contained shredded ...


Small farms work to stave off droughts, fires

Tucked away on a small 50-acre property in Valleyford, about 12 miles southeast of downtown Spokane, CasaCano Farms owners Madyson Versteeg and Jorge Cano have been hard at work reducing fire and drought risks. ...


Spokane manufacturers expect long lead times into 2022

Some manufacturers here say that demand for their products remains high, but they expect to experience ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic into 2022....


Sticker Shock: Steep construction costs likely to persist this year

Contractors here have seen staggering material cost increases over the past year as surging demand and supply chain bottlenecks have pushed prices to record heights, and many predict those issues won’t end this year....


Health care industry starts to rebound from COVID-19

Despite being caught directly in the crosshairs of a global pandemic, local health care officials report the industry is on the financial mend a little more than a year beyond the arrival of COVID-19....


Small business owners regain their confidence

Small business owners in Spokane and across the country are slowly but surely regaining their footing after a uniquely challenging year. In fact, Spokane County’s job market is continuing to recover, with its April 2021 unemployment rate dropping ...

Economy endures its sharpest, shortest recession

The U.S. economy is back in business after enduring its sharpest and shortest recession ever. Zero percent interest rates at the Federal Reserve, multiple government stimulus payments, business subsidies, and generous unemployment benefits all helped...


2021 Women in Leadership: Women drive pandemic-era entrepreneurship in Spokane area

Following a lull early last year in new business starts, entrepreneurship is surging again, with women leading the charge, industry observers here say....

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