Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hagadone Marine Earns National Dealer Honor

Hagadone Marine Group has just been named the No. 15 best boat dealer in America for 2014.

Boating Industry announced its 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The award was collected by Ashley Craig, HMG customer service manager, as well as Chris Craig, HMG Malibu sales manager and Bret O'Brien, HMG Cobalt sales manager.

To learn more, read the Coeur d'Alene Press article.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Avista Invests $200,000 in Spokane STEM Network as a Founding Partner

Spokane STEM today announced it has received a $200,000 investment from Avista, a founding partner of the Network. The partnership allows Spokane STEM to implement key initiatives crucial to the network's mission of improving teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math in the region.

The Spokane STEM Network, a collaborative effort of early learning, K-12, higher education, business and community organizations, works to transform the way we think, learn, work, and live through STEM (science technology, engineering and math) by enhancing STEM education opportunities for all youth in the region and by increasing the number of students pursuing and achieving success in STEM careers.

To learn more, read the Greater Spokane Incorporated news article here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walla Walla Community College Receives Financial Assistance Award for Workforce and Business Development Center

The United States Economic Development Administration has approved a Financial Assistance Award in the amount of $2.35 million to fund the construction of a Workforce and Business Development Center at the Walla Walla Community College campus in Clarkston, Washington.

The Workforce and Business Development Center will house classrooms and lab space for workforce training in mechatronics, industrial maintenance, welding and fabrication, precision machining, electricity and energy systems, and business programs. Space will also be available for community members and business owners to collaborate and grow entrepreneurial endeavors.

The investment is expected to help create 470 new jobs over a 10-year period.

For more information, visit www.wwcc.edu.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Washington State University Startup to be Showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation

M3 Biotechnology, a Washington State University startup, was selected as one of five companies to be showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for their work on neurodegenerative disease therapies. The MJFF aims to accelerate the research and development of projects in Parkinson’s disease research by making the researchers and projects more visible.

M3 Biotechnologies has been chosen by the MJFF to push the MM-201 development, their oral drug designed to reverse the neurodegenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Visit http://commercialization.wsu.edu for more information.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Alturas Analytics Recognized Among Inc.'s 5,000 Top Growth Private Companies

Alturas Analytics, provider of LC/MS and LC/MS/MS services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, has been recognized among Inc.’s 5,000 top growth private companies as well as among the fastest growing companies in Idaho. Alturas Analytics’ skilled scientists to provide high quality contract research and personalized laboratory services.

To learn more, visit www.inc.com/profile/alturas-analytics or www.alturasanalytics.com.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BioCement Technologies Receives Small Business Innovation Research Grant

BioCement Technologies Inc. (BTI), high-tech manufacturer of bio-cement, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant through the National Institute of Health for the amount of $53,968 to test bio-cement for bioremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils. Going forward, this will allow BTI to apply for phase II of the SBIR program as well as phase IIB, with potential grant awards of $1 million and up to $3 million in matching of investment funds, respectively.

For more information on the SBIR grant, visit http://sbirsource.com and to learn about BTI, go to www.biocementtech.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wildfire-fighting Company Aero-Flite to Relocate to Spokane International Airport

According to an article in the Spokane Journal of Business, Aero-Flite Inc., a Kingman, Ariz.-based wild land firefighting company, is in the process of relocating its operations to a hangar on the south side of the airport, next to the air traffic control tower.

The company’s relocation is the subject of an aerospace business recruitment announcement scheduled to be held today, Nov. 20, by the Spokane Airport Board at Spokane International Airport and attended by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee.

Aero-Flite is taking over a lease-and-operating agreement formerly held by JetTech Aerospace for most of the 70,000-square-foot, airport-owned hangar. Aero-Flite will occupy 30,000 square feet of floor space and an additional 20,000 square feet of office and maintenance shop space, says airport spokesman Todd Woodard.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington Grain Commission announces $5 million gift to advance grain research at Washington State University

The Washington Grain Commission announced a $5 million gift to expand facilities and advance grain research at Washington State University. The new facility will complement the existing 34,000-square-foot wheat research growth facility on the Pullman campus and provide WSU and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists with space and technology to conduct groundbreaking research. It will include innovative controlled environment growth rooms, greenhouse spaces and laboratories where plant scientists will address some of the biggest challenges in agriculture and climate.

The initial phase is projected to construct 9,500 square feet of greenhouse space on two levels. This phase will also introduce 10,500 square feet of indoor space for research and equipment. Phase 1 will be completed in 2015. For more information, visit http://wsu.edu.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inland Northwest Partners Recognizes Communities and Individuals for Economic Development Achievements

Inland Northwest Partners (INP), a regional non-profit economic development organization, honored local communities and individuals with Hometown Awards at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 14.  For more than 25 years, the INP has recognized deserving individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in supporting the economic growth of communities in the Inland Northwest.

The Hometown Awards, voted on by INP board members, were given to recipients in one of four categories: Partnership, Community, Hometown Hero and Hall of Fame Award.

The Partnership Award recognizes communities, persons, agencies or regions that have achieved significant economic development accomplishments through innovative partnerships.

The Grant County EDC and the Port of Moses Lake, along with all of their other partners, were recognized for their outstanding commitment to economic development. The partnership is considered a shining star of business recruitment and expansion, playing key roles in the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation project, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers expansion and AstaReal Technologies manufacturing plant project. The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation project, which will result in more than 80 high-paying aerospace engineering positions, is putting the region on the global map as a location of choice for future aircraft certification and testing activities. SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers plans to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber plant, funded by an investment of $300 million, making it the world’s largest carbon fiber plant and creating jobs for 200 people. The AstaReal Technologies manufacturing plant project is a $30 million investment with 45 permanent local jobs created. In addition, the county is home to new data centers of global companies, including a planned Microsoft data center in Quincy. Jonathan Smith, executive director of the Grant County EDC and Richard Hanover, director of business development for the Port of Moses Lake, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

The City of Post Falls, the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Post Falls Urban Renewal District were honored for their integral role in many of the economic development activities occurring in North Idaho, including the Interstate 90 overpass at Greensferry Road. The project intends to ease congestion, create economic development and improve connectivity, traffic mobility and emergency response between the business districts and residential areas north and south of the Interstate. When completed, the project will feature two lanes in each direction, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides that connect to the Centennial Trail. The overpass, estimated at $15 million, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015. Without a partnership between the URA, the chamber and the city, it is doubtful that this much-needed project would have ever happened. Post Falls Mayor Ron Jacobsen, City Administrator Shelly Enderud, Post Falls Chamber President and CEO Pam Houser, Post Falls URA Chairman Jerry Baltzell and URA Executive Director Tom Lien accepted the award.

The Community Award, honoring a community that has successfully implemented an effective recruitment, retention or community development strategy that has made a positive impact on the community’s economy.

The City of Moscow, Idaho was recognized for its efforts to help keep EMSI in the community. EMSI, a private company and employer of more than 100 that provides web-based economic modeling, demographics, workforce and occupational analysis for clients across the globe, was quickly outgrowing its rented space at the Alturas Technology Park. The Wintz Company, a local real estate development company, had recently acquired the former Daily News Building in the downtown area and renovated the property for EMSI. Because the property lies within the Legacy Crossing Urban Renewal District, the City of Moscow and the urban renewal district were able to participate in some of the redevelopment of public infrastructure. Because the city and urban renewal district had a retention strategy in place, EMSI was able to remain in the community with minimal disruptions to their productivity. The city gained an attractive new commercial property within the urban renewal district and the local payroll and workforce continues to be positively impacted. Mayor Bill Lambert, City Supervisor Gary Riedner, Community Development Director Bill Belknap, City Council members Walter Steed and Tom Lamar, Wintz Company President Mark Wintz and EMSI Account Manager David Wallace accepted the award on behalf of the entire community.

The Hometown Hero Awards, which recognize individuals who have played a key role in the economic development efforts of a community or region, were bestowed on two recipients. These two are selfless individuals who are truly dedicated to seeing their communities succeed. 

Margie Hall, executive director of Lincoln County EDC, was recognized as a Hometown Hero for her outstanding efforts in promoting economic and community development for the county. The Lincoln County EDC provides traditional EDC services and also serves as the Visitor & Convention Bureau. In a county that is the seventh largest in the state, but with less than five people per square mile, Hall secured funds from the Washington Department of Commerce and pulled together a team that addressed broadband issues and opportunities across the county. Hall offers social media and other online presence training for the local business community. She is an active member of the Washington State Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference planning team and hosted one of the most successful sites during the last conference. Hall’s high energy, positive attitude and planning expertise have gained her many supporters and partners within the county and across the region.

Jim Hammond was honored as a Hometown Hero for his efforts promoting economic development for the City of Post Falls, the region and the State of Idaho for decades. Hammond’s career in public office has included serving as Mayor, State Senator, City Councilor and City Administrator. He has also served on numerous boards and organizations. Hammond is currently serving as the interim executive director of the Panhandle Area Council where he served on the board of directors for 20 years, and will soon be taking over as the new city administrator for the city of Coeur d’Alene. Over the years, Hammond has supported and often led the charge to recruit new businesses, retain existing business and develop public infrastructure to support new growth. His early vision and leadership helped make Post Falls one of Idaho’s fastest growing cities and home to industries such as manufacturing, research, medical, robotics and international companies. His support of economic development tools such as urban renewal districts, tax increment financing and the STAR bill helped bring businesses such as Cabelas, Sysco, Flexel and Buck Knives to Post Falls and strengthened the public infrastructure.

The Hall of Fame Award goes to individuals, communities, agencies or companies that have provided substantial support to economic development efforts in the Inland Northwest region.

Terry Lawhead, business development manager and CERB liaison for the Washington State Department of Commerce, was honored with the Hall of Fame award. Lawhead provides statewide technical assistance in infrastructure investments and renewable energy projects as well as collaboration on
special initiatives. He thoroughly enjoys working closely with the businesses and residents of the diverse communities located throughout the state. Born and raised in Washington with a journalism degree from the University of Idaho, he brings an eclectic mix of experience to the position, including stints in logging, ranching, farming, construction, corporate relations, downtown revitalization and publishing. He is an IEDC certified economic professional, licensed farrier and wrote several books on native Hawaiian history, banking, the origins of tourism and a travel guide for parents with children. He has represented Washington State in international forums and assisted with the first U.S.-held international conference by TCI in a unique partnership with Oregon.

Tom Stroschein, Latah County Commissioner, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Stroschein has served on the Latah County Board of Commissioners for the past 12 years. His resolve for supporting a countywide economic development organization, the Latah Economic Development Council, was unwavering. He has been an active supporter and participant with the Potlatch River Ridge Redevelopment effort, Latah Food Innovation Resource Center study and value-added agricultural strategies, Palouse Basin water development issues, and building strong collaborative partnerships with the City of Moscow and the University of Idaho.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CERB Approves Funding for Infrastructure Projects for Steel Suppliers

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has approved a loan and a grant totaling $538,000 to construct infrastructure to expand one steel supplier and bring another supplier to the Inland Northwest market. The city of Airway Heights will match CERB’s investment with $187,000 in local funds to complete the infrastructure projects.

Seaport Steel is a family-owned, Seattle-based company with a satellite operation in Airway Heights. Seaport Steel plans to construct a 60,000-square-foot building where it will expand. Brown-Strauss, a century old, Denver-based company, plans to occupy an existing facility being vacated by Spokane-based Scafco Corp. Scafco is expanding into new facilities in East Spokane. Together, the companies will invest $5 million in construction and improvements and bring more than 20 new jobs to Spokane County.

For more information, read the Journal of Business article – www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/state-loan-grant-fuel-w-plains-job-growth.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Major Capital Improvements for Colfax Airport Approved

The Port of Whitman County’s Board of Commissioners approved a series of major capital improvements for the Colfax Airport, including a $2.3 million runway reconstruction project. The project, which includes new runway lighting, drainage and electrical work, is scheduled for completion in 2015. A $170,000 taxiway and apron pavement rehabilitation project is also scheduled to be completed next year. Read the Lewiston Morning Tribune article to learn more http://lmtribune.com/northwest/article_bdbd18ce-5c09-5de5-b9c6-b82d9cd7975e.html.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Expanding Adult Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital is expanding and remodeling its adult cardiac intensive care unit to meet the needs of the region for highly specialized cardiovascular inpatient treatment. Construction began this summer and will be complete by spring 2016. The $19.2 million project will take place in two phases: one to build out new space and another to remodel existing space.

To learn more about the expansion, go to http://washington.providence.org.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advanced Thermoplastic Composites Manufacturing Submits Plan for Manufacturing Plant in Post Falls

Advanced Thermoplastic Composites Manufacturing (ATC), manufacturer for the aerospace industry, has submitted a commercial site plan to the City of Post Falls for an office and manufacturing plant. ATC is seeking approximately $4.2 million in bonds for the project, according to the City of Post Falls. ATC currently employs 71 people and expects to expand that number by 30 to 45 in 2015. To learn more, read the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Associated Painters Opens Second Aircraft-Painting Hangar in Spokane

Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc., the world's leading commercial, military and VIP aircraft painting company, announced that its Washington-based division, Associated Painters, has opened a second aircraft-painting hangar at Spokane International Airport.

Associated Painters expects to grow its local workforce by 50 percent during the next year. The new 32,000-square-foot structure boasts state-of-the-art intelligent air handling, energy efficient high lumen lighting and top-of-the-line water treatment systems. The more than $6 million hangar has one large painting bay that is capable of handling up to a Boeing 757-300 and is located adjacent to Associated Painters’ current facilities.

For more information, visit www.leadingedgecorp.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alliance Data Retail Services Celebrates Grand Opening in Coeur d'Alene

Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 130 private label and co-brand credit card programs for many of today’s most recognizable brands, celebrated the opening of its new 44,500 square-foot facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The center is expected to employ up to 200 people by the end of the year.

As part of its long-term growth plan, Alliance Data is hiring customer service representatives to serve its rapidly expanding portfolio of branded credit card programs and its renewal of agreements with existing clients.

To learn more about Alliance Data, visit www.alliancedataretail.com.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deer Park Business & Industrial Center Broke Ground for Infrastructure Improvement Project

Ground has been broken on the Deer Park Business & Industrial Center infrastructure improvement project. The $2.2 million project includes a new roadway with sewer, water, sidewalks and underground electrical, natural gas and lighting systems. Five individual corporations own the 140-acre industrial center, which will be divided into 14 parcels.

The business center currently has two tenants, Knight Construction & Supply Inc. and an Avista Corp. service center, committed to construct buildings in the park once the infrastructure improvements are completed.

Read the full Journal of Business article to learn more – www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/deer-park-breaks-ground-on-business-center-project.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CERB Approves Loan to Support Infrastructure for AeroTEC Hangar

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved a $500,000 low-interest loan to support infrastructure for the new Aerospace Testing Engineering and Certification, LLC (AeroTEC) hangar where Mitsubishi will conduct flight-testing and certification.

The Port of Moses Lake will match CERB’s investment with $125,000 in local funds to complete the aircraft hangar. AeroTEC will invest $8 million in the private project and will retain two permanent jobs and create 24 permanent jobs as a result of this investment.

To learn more about the flight test center, visit www.grantedc.com.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Moses Lake to be Test Site for Mitsubishi Aircraft Regional Jet

Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft will create a flight-test center at Moses Lake for its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), bringing dozens of pilots, engineers and technicians to the Central Washington town.

Mitsubishi, which is completing Japan’s first new commercial passenger aircraft in more than 40 years, was attracted by the long, uncrowded runways at Grant County International Airport and the new-plane expertise available in Washington. In all, about 100 people in Moses Lake will work on the flight-testing project.

To learn more, visit www.grantedc.com.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spokane County Wins $25,000 Grant

Spokane County won a $25,000 Culture of Health grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it was announced today. Priority Spokane, a Program Partner with Greater Spokane Incorporated, accepted the prize.

Priority Spokane has joined a number of local organizations in using education initiatives in improving public health. The grant recognizes Spokane County for its strategies to empower young people and expand educational opportunities. In Spokane Public Schools, the graduation rate has jumped from less than 60 percent in 2006 to almost 80 percent in 2013.

For more information, visit http://greaterspokane.org.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spokane STEM Network Awarded Grant

Spokane STEM Network announced it will receive a multi-year grant totaling $200,000 from Washington STEM to help improve teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and math in the region.

The Spokane STEM Network, a collaborative effort of early learning, K-12, higher education, and business and community organizations, works to transform the way we think, learn, work, and live through STEM by enhancing STEM education opportunities for all youth in the region and by increasing the number of students pursuing and achieving success in STEM careers.

To learn more, visit http://greaterspokane.org.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

University of Idaho Breaks Ground on Integrated Research and Innovation Center

The University of Idaho recently broke ground on the Integrated Research and Innovation Center. The center will host discovery-based or interdisciplinary research across a broad spectrum of science, engineering and other disciplines. The IRIC will feature flexible laboratory, office and meeting space that can be adapted for use by faculty, staff and student researchers from across the university. The building also includes a state-of-the-art visualization laboratory, as well as space for core research facilities, equipment, video conferencing and other specialized needs. To learn more, visit www.uidaho.edu.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grant County EDC Showcases County at International Aerospace Shows

The Grant County EDC is helping showcase the county as a prime location for aerospace development. Jonathan Smith, executive director for the Grant County EDC, Pat Jones, executive director of the Port of Moses Lake, and Richard Hanover, director of business development for the Port of Moses Lake, joined Governor Jay Inslee as he led a state delegation to the Farnborough International Air Show in July. Farnborough and the Paris Air Show are widely considered the largest global aerospace industry events. The two events take place on alternate years. The Grant County EDC was represented at the Paris Air Show in 2013. Over 70 aircraft will be on display at the show and the more than 1,500 companies that build the component parts for the aircraft will be exhibiting. An estimated 110,000 participants are expected to attend the five-day show which provides opportunities for business development and growing the industry. To learn more about the visit, go to www.grantedc.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cascade Windows Expands to the Southwest

Spokane Valley-based Cascade Windows, already one of the larger vinyl window and door manufacturers in the western U.S., is expanding to the Southwest. It says it has acquired Tempe, Ariz.-based manufacturer Paramount Windows, boosting its overall workforce to more than 850 employees. Cascade, which operates as Window Products Inc. and is a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment firm, also has facilities in Portland and Salt Lake City. Read the full Journal of Business article here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

University of Idaho Starts Renovation of College of Education Building

The University of Idaho has started a $19.5 million renovation of the College of Education building. Built in 1968, the structure contains asbestos in the walls and ceilings, and it is expensive to maintain. It also does not accommodate today’s multifaceted methods of teaching and learning. After renovation, it will contain seminar rooms equipped with technology for distance learning and furniture designed to create collaborative spaces for students to work in groups. Until construction is finished in August 2016, the college’s 60 employees will work in five different locations on campus. For more information, visit http://labor.idaho.gov or www.uidaho.edu.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Clearwater Economic Development Association Secures Funding from USDA

Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) secured $15,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant to support a concept design plan for the development of the Greater Palouse Slaughter Facility, a small-scale, shared slaughter facility. CEDA wrote the grant application for this funding and will administer the grant on behalf of Greater Palouse Meat Producers. For more details, visit www.uidaho.edu.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gritman Medical Center Breaks Ground on New Clinic in Potlach

Gritman Medical Center broke ground on a new 2,400 square-foot clinic in Potlach. The new building will have three exam rooms and one procedure room and will be easier to access than the current location. The upgraded facility will better accommodate both scheduled and walk-in appointments and offer better privacy. The building should be open for business in November. For more information, go to www.gritman.org.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Port of Clarkston Holds Ribbon Cutting for Turning Pointe Business Park

The Port of Clarkston, Wash. held an official ribbon cutting for its 130-acre business and industrial park, Turning Pointe Business Park. 130-acres of land has been paved and utilities have been put in place on a stretch of Evans Road outside the city of Clarkston. For more information, visit www.lewis-clarkvalley.org.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ammunition Industry Continues to Expand in North Central Idaho

The ammunition industry continues to expand in north central Idaho. Vector Bullets, a start-up in Lewiston, is producing 223-caliber bullets that are popular for target shooting because they are a less expensive round. The company employs two people and is hiring four more. Owner Dan Dorman expects to employ 12 by the end of the year. In addition, Seekins Precision, manufacturer of high quality modern design sporting rifles, celebrated the grand opening of its new factory near the Lewiston airport in May. The business began 10 years ago in a garage, and then moved to the Port of Lewiston’s business incubator four years later. The company and its 25 employees has now outgrown the incubator. Its new 25,000-square-foot building represents a $4 million investment into the community. For more information, visit http://labor.idaho.gov or www.lewis-clarkvalley.org.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clearwater Economic Development Association Receives USDA Rural Community Development Funding

The Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) will receive $152,492 through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative program to launch a “train the trainer” program that will teach community representatives how to complete development projects from start to finish. As part of the three-year program, titled, “Putting All the Pieces Together for Success,” CEDA will assist each participating community in completing one priority community project. In the first year of the program, CEDA will provide training for four communities. In the second and third year, CEDA will work with six and four communities, respectively. A total of 14 rural communities in the region have signed up to participate in the program. For more about the USDA program and funding recipients, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/STELPRD4024067.html or www.clearwater-eda.org.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kaiser Aluminum and Boeing Form Multi-Year 'Closed-Loop' Aerospace Aluminum Recycling Program

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Boeing announced they have formed a closed-loop scrap recycling program that is expected to involve approximately 22 million pounds of aluminum during the 2014-2015 production period. This program, the largest aluminum recycle program to date, captures aluminum alloy recyclables generated at multiple Boeing facilities during production of commercial aircraft. The scrap alloys will be re-melted and utilized in production of aerospace sheet and plate at Kaiser Aluminum's Trentwood facility in Spokane, Washington. To learn more, go to www.kaiseraluminum.com.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Plans to Triple Capacity of Carbon Fiber Plant in Moses Lake

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers plans to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Wash. The expansion is funded by an investment of $200 million, in addition to the previously invested $100 million. The site expansion, scheduled to be completed by early 2015, will make the plant in Moses Lake the world’s largest carbon fiber plant.

With the anticipated creation of 120 new jobs, the headcount at the joint venture in Moses Lake is going to rise from 80 to about 200 people. With the automated production processes, the expansion of the site in Moses Lake will make it possible for the BMW Group to apply carbon fiber material also in other model series in the future, at competitive costs and in large quantities. For more information, visit www.sglgroup.com or www.grantedc.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Core-Mark International, Inc. to Expand in Spokane

Core-Mark International, Inc., one of the largest distributors and marketers of consumer goods in North America, has signed into a new 15-year lease with Crown West Realty for a 50,000-square-foot expansion to their distribution center in the Spokane Industrial Park. Vandervert Construction will be the contractor for the expansion, which is expected to be completed late this year and be a multi-million dollar project. Once complete the distribution center will total 150,000 square feet. To learn more, visit www.inlandnwbusiness.com or www.core-mark.com.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AstaReal Opens Moses Lake Facility

AstaReal Technologies, Inc. recently held a grand opening ceremony for its new production facility in Moses Lake, Wash. The new 59,000 sq. ft. factory will produce natural astaxanthin and is expected to begin production this summer, initially employing approximately 45 people.

Moses Lake was chosen after a global search and is a perfect match for AstaReal Technologies’ new factory. Moses Lake offers a stable supply of pure water and renewable electrical energy, two resources that are critical to the success of the new facility. To learn more, go to www.astareal.com or www.grantedc.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Providence Health Care Opens Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley

Providence Health Care recently opened Providence Medical Park-Spokane Valley, its new outpatient facility in Spokane Valley. The $44 million, 11-acre property houses two connected buildings: one for physician offices and another for diagnostic and treatment services. For more information, visit http://washington.providence.org.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Entrepreneurs Connect at the Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp wrapped up its first year on June 25. The immersive bootcamp had six companies participating in the agriculture track, six in technology and one in animal health. The topics were selected based on area expertise and regional demand, according to event organizers.

“It was a great first year,” said event organizer Robin Ohlgren, co-chair of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor and representative from the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA). “We are pleased with the success of our inaugural effort. The board has already voted to hold the event again next year.”

Local organizations also got in on the show. The 33 event sponsors ranged from small businesses to both the University of Idaho and Washington State University and local government agencies, as well as corporate support. There were also 32 instructors at the Bootcamp, with expertise ranging from law, marketing, accounting, economic development, startups, social media and more.

 To learn more, read the recap press release.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Asphalt Plant Proposed in Kingston, Idaho

An asphalt plant is being proposed in Kingston on 19 acres owned by Woods Crushing and Hauling in a natural resource zone. This is part of a $55 million joint project between the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Quality that focusses on re-paving roads throughout communities in Idaho including Shoshone County. To learn more, visit http://labor.idaho.gov.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Advancing Aviation Manufacturing Expo and Conference Draws 100 Aviation Professionals

About 100 aviation industry representatives attended the first one-day conference for Idaho’s growing aerospace manufacturing sector in Coeur d’Alene, organized by the Lewiston-based American Manufacturing Network. Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little opened the Idaho - Advancing Aviation Manufacturing Expo and Conference. Workshops included prospects for 3 -D printers changing how they make products, how drones could create opportunities and how they could become more involved in federal contracting. Some experts predict the market for drones will be about $40 billion worldwide in five years. To learn more, visit www.amn-usa.org or http://labor.idaho.gov.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Consortium of Health Care Providers Plans Primary Care Clinic in Spokane's University District

A consortium of Spokane’s health care providers is planning a $15 million, 40,000-square-foot primary-care clinic in the city’s University District to serve as a training ground for new physicians and other emerging medical professionals. Residents will begin training this year. The consortium includes Washington State University, Providence Health Care and the Empire Health Foundation. The consortium has secured $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for six new medical residencies in Spokane. Annual funding is expected to ramp up over the next three years to $2.7 million for 18 new residencies. To learn more, visit http://medicine.wsu.edu or go to http://labor.idaho.gov.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

INW in the News: American Snowmobiler, "Frozen MOTO Brings Fresh Faces to Snow Industry"

American Snowmobiler Magazine recently featured an Inland Northwest company, Frozen MOTO. Founded in 2010, Frozen MOTO is owned and operated by Dan Shanahan in Lewiston, Idaho. The company manufactures and sells conversion kits to turn your dirt bike into a snow bike. AmSnow had the chance to catch up with Dan and learn where he got the inspiration behind Frozen MOTO and what’s to come. Read the full article here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eight Washington Counties Win Manufacturing Community Designation

Eight Washington counties - including Spokane - were awarded the "Manufacturing Community" designation as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative put on by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 The eight Washington counties make up one of a group of 12 winners that will be given preference for federal grants from a number of federal agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Labor, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Agriculture and the Small Business Administration, among others. Learn more at www.greaterspokane.org

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Industry Track Experts to Share Knowledge at Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Aspiring entrepreneurs across three specific industry tracks will have the opportunity to learn from experts and small business leaders at the Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp, a five-day experience June 21-25 in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington.

The bootcamp will utilize experts in value-added agriculture, animal health, and technology and innovation from Washington State University and the University of Idaho, as well as surrounding areas. The three topics have been selected based on experts in the area and demand in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more at www.palouseknowledgecorridor.com.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Teck American Reopening Pend Oreille Mine

With zinc prices rising, Teck American Inc. plans to reopen the Pend Oreille Mine in northeast Washington by the end of the year, as reported by the Spokesman-Review. About 80 people are already working at the underground mine near Metaline Falls, and the workforce should increase to about 240 by December. The company’s intent is to have the mine back to full production by the fourth quarter. Read more in the Spokesman-Review article.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kootenai Health Announces $57 Million Expansion

Kootenai Health announced plans to break ground on a $57 million, three-story expansion by late summer or early fall of 2014. Kootenai estimates it will add between 100 and 150 new positions related to growth and expansion by 2018. The project is expected to require 400 to 450 construction workers from start to completion. As Kootenai has grown its services to care for the patients and families of northern Idaho, patient volumes have grown. Additional space is needed to accommodate this growing number of patients and also make room for improvements to the existing facility. For more information about the expansion, visit www.kh.org.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

StanCraft Outgrows Post Falls Facility

StanCraft, custom builder of wooden speedboats, has outgrown its 17,000-square-foot facility in Post Falls, Idaho and it plans to move next year to a 72,000-square-foot complex the company recently bought in Coeur d’Alene. The company has doubled the size of its workforce in the last two years, now employing 50 people. To learn more, read the Journal of Business article.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Western Construction Wins Contract for Port of Clarkston's Sustainable Business Park

A Lewiston, Idaho firm won the bid to build the first phase of the Port of Clarkston’s sustainable business park. Under the $2.13 million contract, Western Construction and its subcontractors will install roads, sewers and water lines for about half of the 100-acre park near Clarkston Heights. Port officials expect the project to be finished by June and hope to attract environmentally-friendly companies such as jet boat manufacturers and suppliers. To learn more about the business park, visit http://portofclarkston.com.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

INW in the News: Business Xpansion Journal, "Cleantech Opportunities on the Rise"

Business Xpansion Journal recently featured the strong cleantech industry in the Inland Northwest's Palouse Knowledge Corridor (PKC). As highlighted in the article, "public and private investments are taking existing strengths in scientific research and turning clean technology theory into practice." The article discusses how groups like the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance, companies such as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and institutions like the University of Idaho and Washington State University are among the many interconnected organizations that make the PKC a desirable place for cleantech activity. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Alliance Data Retail Services Expands with New Facility in Coeur d'Alene

Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 130 private label and co-brand credit card programs for many of today’s most recognizable brands, will hire approximately 200 customer care employees in a new 44,500 square-foot facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which is scheduled to open in June. As part of its long-term growth plan, Alliance Data is hiring customer service representatives to serve its rapidly expanding portfolio of branded credit card programs and its renewal of agreements with existing clients. Alliance Data Retail Services is a business unit of Alliance Data Systems Corporation, a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions. To learn more about this expansion, visit www.alliancedataretail.com.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

SRM Spokane Expands to Inland Northwest

SRM Spokane recently expanded to the region, bringing eight new direct and high wage jobs and more than $2 million in annual economic impact. SRM Spokane is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice located in Spokane Valley. Learn more at www.srmspokane.com.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

INW in the News: Global Corporate Xpansion, "Vision, Cooperation and Capital Stimulate Bio"

Global Corporate Xpansion magazine recently featured the thriving health sciences industry in the Inland Northwest. The article highlights the role of healthcare-related activities in the Spokane area's growth and how the area's medical hub attracted health sciences companies. Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fairchild Air Force Base Cuts Ribbon on New Headquarters

Fairchild Air Force Base hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 20 to commemorate the opening of the new headquarters building designed for both the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings. The construction of the new building started the summer of 2013 with a $12 million construction. Present during the ceremony were Fairchild leaders Col. Brian Newberry, the 92nd ARW commander, and Col. Daniel Swain, the 141st ARW commander, along with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane, Wash. Mayor David Condon and Airway Heights, Wash. Mayor Patrick Rushing. For more information, visit www.fairchild.af.mil/news.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

North Idaho STEM Academy Expands to High School Students

Beginning this fall, North Idaho STEM Academy will open its Rathdrum campus to high school students. The state recently granted the kindergarten-to-eighth-grade charter school permission to add grades nine through 12. The school will begin serving ninth-grade students in the fall and add another grade each consecutive year. The expansion will increase enrollment from 315 to 724 students over the next nine years. The academy provides dynamic, project-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. For more information, visit http://labor.idaho.gov or www.northidahostemcharteracademy.org.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Critical Power Exchange Expanding in the Inland Northwest

Critical Power Exchange LLC, a Spokane Valley-based recycler and reseller of backup-power equipment, has hired an additional 10 full-time employees and plans to expand its operations with two new locations in the next six months. Critical Power, which occupies a 55,000-square-foot space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, has 35 full-time and three part-time employees. Read the Spokane Journal of Business article to learn more.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exotic Metals Forming Company to Build Aerospace Plant in Airway Heights

Exotic Metals Forming Company LLC, a Kent, Wash.-based world-class manufacturing company supplying the OEM segment of the aerospace industry for more than 48 years, has selected a site in the City of Airway Heights for a new manufacturing facility. Exotic Metals Forming is a leader in state-of-the-art, high-temperature, high-strength sheet metal designs and fabrications for the aerospace industry. The company is considered one of the preferred suppliers of complex sheet metal assemblies. To learn more about Exotic Metals Forming Company, visit www.exoticmetals.com.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Microsoft Buys Land for Massive Data Center at Port of Quincy

Microsoft has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the Port of Quincy for 200 acres of industrial land. The company has plans to build a multi-phase data center campus on the property. The transaction will be worth $11 million and will stand as one of Quincy's largest land deals. The data center is expected to create 100 full-time jobs. For more information, visit www.portofquincy.org.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dahl Natural Relocates to Spokane

Dahl Natural LLC recently relocated to Spokane from Corvallis, Ore. Dahl Natural is a federally-funded research operation that monitors pesticides for food and water safety. The company employs eight people and has connected with WSU Spokane’s College of Pharmacy to work on a joint research project with one of its prominent researchers.

To learn more about Dahl Natural, visit www.dahlnatural.com or read the Greater Spokane Incorporated press release.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

INW in the News: Marine Log Magazine, "Small Boat Builders Dream Big"

Marine Log Magazine, one of the largest circulation and most popular business-to-business marine magazines in the world, featured the Snake River Boat Builders in its September issue. Click here to read the article and learn about the successful export initiative underway in the Inland Northwest's Lewis-Clark Valley.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Biodiesel Facility Reopens in Odessa, Wash.

The Odessa Public Development Authority recently signed an operating agreement with TransMessis Columbia Plateau, LLC to reopen Odessa’s integrated canola crushing and biodiesel production facility after its closure several months ago.

The facility has restarted production and 20 employees have been hired or re-hired. TransMessis Columbia Plateau will also provide capital to allow an approximate three-fold increase of the capacity of the plant. When that expansion is complete, the facility will employ more than 30 employees and TransMessis anticipates crushing up to 300 tons of canola seed a day, allowing for an annual production of up to 10 million gallons of biodiesel.

Several local farmers supply canola seed to the production facility, further expanding its economic impact on the area.

For more information, contact the Lincoln County EDC at 509-725-1170 or http://lincolnedc.org.