Wednesday, March 15, 2017

INP Spring Meeting - 2017 Regional Economic Forecast: A Snapshot of Things to Come?

Join business and community leaders from around the Inland Northwest to discuss the state of the region’s economy, including economic growth, labor trends and economic forecast. Speakers from Idaho Commerce and the Washington State Department of Commerce
will cover the State of the States. Regional case studies from Valley Vision, the City of Liberty Lake, the Coeur d’Alene EDC and Adam County EDC will highlight area successes. For more information, see the complete event agenda.

Inland Northwest Partners 2017 Spring Meeting 
March 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hayden Lake Country Club
2362 E. Bozanta Dr.
Hayden, ID 83835

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Coeur d'Alene EDC Secures INL Grant

Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (formerly Jobs Plus), under the leadership of the organization’s president Gynii Gilliam, successfully secured a grant from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for Technology-based Economic Development. The INL grant will help the corporation identify and foster cybersecurity measures for all of the area’s industries that are becoming increasingly technology-driven, including health, agriculture, aerospace and informatics.

To learn more, contact Jobs Plus at (800) 621-5600 or visit

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Insight Enterprises Inc., Tempe, Ariz.-based technology company, has moved its operations in Liberty Lake to larger quarters. Formerly located in a 19,900-square-foot office space, the company now has moved to a 33,000-square-foot space in the Liberty Lake Business Park, according to an article in the Journal of Business. Insight has 133 employees in Liberty Lake. The company leased the larger space to be able to expand its operations in Spokane over the coming years.

Read the article to learn more or visit

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

City of Spokane Valley Outlines Comprehensive Plan

The City of Spokane Valley has recently adopted the 2017-2037 Comprehensive Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and supporting development regulations. The Comprehensive Plan evaluates growth and land use for a 20-year planning horizon. The FEIS reviews the impacts of proposed goals, policies, alternative land use plans and other features of the Comprehensive Plan. The City took a unique approach and integrated strategic actions in the Comprehensive Plan to implement its economic development efforts. For each strategy identified, the City designated lead staff, timetable for completion and level of priority. In addition, the City took advantage of the SEPA infill exemptions where it studied the transportation impacts in specific areas of the City allowing it to expedite the review process and promote development.

For more information on the City of Spokane Valley’s Comprehensive Plan, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kalispel Tribe Announces $20 Million Expansion of Northern Quest Resort & Casino

The Kalispel Tribe recently announced plans for a nearly $20 million expansion of Northern Quest Resort & Casino and high-end signature RV Resort. The resort expansion will include Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, a day care/entertainment center and family-friendly arcade, additions to the food court and Windfall, a new retail store featuring a variety of outdoor recreational items, home and sporting goods and more.

The Northern Quest expansion will include 40,000 additional square feet connected to the current south side of the casino. Groundbreaking is schedule for late spring 2017, with projected opening in early spring 2018. To learn more, read the press release.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Startup Washington 365 Promotes Job Growth

Together, Startup Spokane, Startup Asotin and Startup Whitman are connecting urban and rural ecosystems in an effort to deliver support to entrepreneurs, regardless of their stage or industry. The programs are a part of Startup Washington 365 program, which focuses on organic job growth in communities statewide.

Over the past two years, the groups have had a strong impact on the communities they serve, including:

Startup Asotin and Whitman 

  • Events: 68 
  • Event Attendees: 623 
  • Entrepreneur Assists: 126 
  • Business Starts: 30 

Startup Spokane 

  • Events: 152 
  • Event Attendees: 8,421 
  • Entrepreneur Assists: 183 
  • Business Starts: 8 

To learn more visit, or

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hecla Mining Company Sees Record Year

Hecla Mining Company recently announced strong Q4 and full year 2016 results. The company produced 17.2 million ounces of silver in 2016, which was a 48 percent increase over 2015. Gold production equaled 233,929 ounces, which was a 24 percent increase over 2015. Silver equivalent production equaled 46.1 million ounces.

The amount of silver and silver equivalent ounces produced mark the third consecutive year Hecla Mining Company has broken its 125-year production record, a result of the company’s strategy of investing in organic growth. More details can be found in the company’s press release.