Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Empire Airlines Nominated to Idaho Hall of Fame

Empire Airlines was nominated to the Idaho Hall of Fame in June. The business received the prestigious honor for being a good citizen corporation that hires and cares for its employees. The company was recognized for providing a safe and healthy working environment, encouraging its employees to be creative thinkers in finding new and innovative business methods and products, and promoting a work setting for its employees to be comfortable and void of hostile relationships among the employees." Empire has 345 employees and has a history of flying into new horizons.

For more information, read the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Culinary Tourism: How to Develop Your Taste of Place

Learn how to develop your taste of place at the Inland Northwest Partners 2016 Fall Meeting, which will focus on culinary tourism. The event takes place on Thursday Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, ID.

Rebecca Mackenzie, executive director of the Culinary Tourism Alliance in Toronto, Ontario, will keynote the event and discuss, "Food Tourism 101: Key Strategies, Market Readiness & the Importance of Partnerships" and "The Anatomy of a Foodie: Characteristics, Behaviors, Marketing Trends & Techniques."

The event will also feature regional experts sharing best practices for culinary tourism.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Reviving Rural Downtowns Workshop: Sept. 21-22, 2016

The Reviving Rural Downtowns Workshop, Sept. 21-22, 2016 in historic downtown Ritzville, will provide valuable tools and information for anyone working to improve their rural to mid-sized community. The conference will provide attendees with access to an impressive list of knowledgeable presenters, including keynote speaker Joseph E. “Tripp” Muldrow, III, a principal in the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates in Greenville, South Carolina. Muldrow will discuss planning and marketing for small and rural communities. The workshop will benefit Washington Main Street members, downtown associations, city council members, planning commissions, chambers of commerce, economic developers and citizens interested in helping their cities and towns.

For more information and to purchase a ticket for $25, visit

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spokane VA Medical Center Plans to Build Mental Health and Education Building

The Spokane Mann-Grandstaff Veteran Affairs Medical Center plans to erect a mental health and education building on its campus in northwest Spokane to kick off a few projects in the works there with a combined value estimated at nearly $35 million, according to an article in the Journal of Business.

The 20,000-square-foot Intensive Outpatient Mental Health and Education Building will have two stories and a basement. Other planned projects likely to start this year or next include a $16 million boiler plant, a $10 million primary care clinic and a $1 million computed-tomography unit expansion.

To learn more, read the article or visit

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brunswick Corporation Acquires Thunder Jet

The Brunswick Corporation recently acquired Thunder Jet. The Brunswick family of companies includes 20 boat manufacturers, including such well-known names as Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Lund and Crestliner. Thunder Jet manufacturing will remain in the Lewis -Clark Valley and is expected in expand operations in the future.

For more information on news from the Lewis-Clark Valley, visit

Thursday, August 18, 2016

North Idaho College Breaks Ground on New Recreation Center

North Idaho College broke ground on its new Student Wellness and Recreation Center. The $7.7 million, 30,000-square-foot center will have a rock climbing wall, running track, weight area, multi-activity court, open recreation space, locker rooms, offices and storage, among other amenities. The project is expected to be completed in early summer 2017.

To learn more, visit

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pearson Packaging Systems Experiences Growth

Pearson Packaging Systems, maker of packaging equipment, says it expects double-digit revenue growth this year and for the foreseeable future, according to an article in the Journal of Business.

President and CEO Michael A. Senske says the company has experienced that sustained level of growth every year for the last eight years. Pearson expects to hire up to four new control engineers at its packaging equipment plant in Spokane. Meanwhile, as many as six mechanical engineers could be hired at a facility it operates in Vernon, Ill., near Chicago.

Pearson now has an employee roster of 200 workers, up from 134 at the beginning of 2011. Roughly 150 employees are based at Pearson’s 110,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly operations facility on the West Plains. The company employed approximately 100 workers at its Spokane operation in 2011.

Read the Journal of Business article or visit to learn more.