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Uncertainty infects Inland Northwest health care industry

The economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care sector has been as uneven as a Spokane street in the middle of winter. In hospitals, where it would seem a pandemic would deliver unprecedented job security, just the opposite has happened. ...


Financial sector better positioned for recovery now than during Great Recession

This isn’t the Great Recession for Inland Nortwest bankers. And that’s a good thing, executives here say. While the pandemic has brought a host of challenges, leaders at some banks and credit unions say financial institutions are in a much better...


Municipalities prep for revenue shortages

Sales taxes traditionally have provided a relatively stable revenue source for states and local governments during previous economic downturns, but the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the economy is different. ...


Goodwill lives tale of two states

The reopening of Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest stores in Idaho is a welcome relief to the organization, says CEO Clark Brekke. With most of its operations in Washington state, however, the Spokane-based organization still faces a myriad ...


Stimulus funds received, not targeted, some Spokane nonprofits say

Despite efforts nationwide to encourage people to donate their federal stimulus checks to nonprofits, Spokane-area organizations have largely avoided such campaigns. ...


SNAP, utilities partner to keep lights on

Requests for assistance paying utility bills have essentially doubled in Spokane, according to Carol Weltz, director of community action at community service nonprofit Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners. ...


Social capital drives fund for response to COVID-19

We were lost. Not dangerously lost, but definitely turned around and off-course. During the third day of a 50-mile backpack trip with my son’s Scout troop, we broke camp and unknowingly started following a ridgeline that led away from our planned route....


Tamarack Aerospace looks to bolster sales, keep employees

As the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on businesses, some are offering incentives to draw customers back to their industries and keep employees working. ...


INWAC keeps sights set on top-tier manufacturers

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium remains undeterred in its work to try to lure a major aerospace manufacturer to the West Plains, INWAC chairman Mark Norton says. ...


Quest for knowledge: Virtual learning gains popularity at Post Falls software company

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Quest Integration Inc. rarely offered online training. Now, the Post Falls-based company, which sells and provides support of manufacturing-design software and hardware, is providing all training ...

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