Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kootenai Health to Expand Post Falls Campus

In order to meet the growing needs of patients in Post Falls, Kootenai Health is embarking on a $10.5 million, two-story, 22,000-square-foot expansion project. The expansion will add on to the existing campus at 1300 E. Mullan Ave. and provide new space for additional clinic locations and ancillary services to better care for our patients.

To learn more, visit

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Renaissance Marine Group Plans Expansion at Port of Clarkston

Renaissance Marine Group, the region’s largest jet boat builder, is planning an expansion at the Port of Clarkston. It will move from its current facility into a 56,000-square-foot building. Renaissance Marine Group currently employs about 125 people in Clarkson.

For more details, read the Lewiston Tribune article.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Coeur d'Alene Airport Unveils $600,000 Improvements

The Coeur d'Alene Airport unveiled its new welcome mat for air travelers. The $600,000 parking area improvement project includes an increased structural base course, a new asphalt section, new aircraft tiedowns, new security fencing and gates and lighting upgrades.

The project is a critical step in ensuring the airport can fulfill its mission of helping create economic development for North Idaho. For more information, read the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Photo Source: Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pacific Cabinets to Open Lewiston, Idaho Office

Pacific Cabinets, Ferdinand, Idaho-based manufacturer of high quality commercial cabinets, is opening a branch office in Lewiston. The new branch will house engineering employees that will accomplish data input for construction drawings, quantity takeoffs and material orders for commercial cabinet manufacturing and installation projects.

Pacific Cabinets is locating an office in Lewiston in order to take advantage of skilled workforce being generated by Lewis Clark State College, Walla Walla Community College, University of Idaho, and Washington State University. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Inland Northwest Partners Honors Economic Development Contributions of Area Communities and Individuals

For more than 25 years, the Inland Northwest Partners (INP), a regional non-profit economic development organization, has recognized deserving individuals and organizations with Hometown Hero Awards for their contributions to the economic growth of communities in the Inland Northwest. The INP honored the 2015 Hometown Award winners at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 12. The Hometown Awards, which are voted on by INP board members, were given to recipients in one of four categories: Community, Partnership, Hall of Fame and Hometown Hero 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 Town of Fairfield, Wash. was recognized for its creation of a Community Advisory Board to promote and support a well-connected, vital community that fosters healthy eating, active living and economic development. The town developed a framework for community action that included creating a caring and supportive community with a vibrant economy, a quality education system, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages, and safe and diverse neighborhoods.

During the advisory board’s first year, it has installed new playground equipment in the local park, completed the gardening season with a community garden that benefited senior citizens at the local care facility, and will soon have a digital reader board installed. By creating a shared vision through this collaborative effort, the Community Advisory Board generated momentum toward a stronger town and neighborhoods where people feel welcome and a part of the community.

Jeannie Jesseph, a member of the Community Advisory Board, accepted the award on behalf of the entire community.

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

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor was recognized for its work helping make area communities more resilient and connecting entrepreneurs to resources to grow and expand jobs. The Palouse Knowledge Corridor was established in 2007 to unify economic development efforts on the Palouse through the collaboration of Washington State University and the University of Idaho, the private sector, economic development agencies and governments in the Cities of Moscow and Pullman, and Whitman and Latah Counties.

The organization promotes creativity and innovation, and works to find solutions to shared challenges, such as workforce development, transportation issues, funding, retaining the companies that grow out of university research, and training entrepreneurs to establish successful businesses. The group’s Fall and Spring Business Showcase events give entrepreneurs a platform to highlight their business ideas to community members and potential investors, and its highly successful annual Be the Entrepreneur™ Bootcamp offers training and practical experience in establishing successful businesses.

Palouse Knowledge Corridor co-chairs Marie Dymkoski and Robin Ohlgren accepted the award.

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.

Dr. Gene Merrell, associate vice president for economic development and chief technology transfer officer at the University of Idaho, was the receipt of the Hall of Fame Award. In his collaborative role at the university, he has made tremendous contributions to the local economies in the region. Merrell oversees the Office of Technology Transfer, which is responsible for the management of the University's intellectual property portfolio. He serves on the Clearwater Economic Development Association's Board of Directors, Business Development and Finance Council and its Operations and Finance Council. He is also the University's representative on the Board of Directors of the American Manufacturers Network and the Palouse Knowledge Corridor.

Prior to joining the university, Merrell was vice president for research of the Process Chemicals and Energy Chemicals subsidiaries of BetzDearborn, Inc. He was with the company for 19 years and is listed as inventor on seven U.S. patents. He received his B.A. in chemistry and physics from Houston Baptist University and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Washington State University.

The Hometown Hero Award recognizes individuals or families that have played a key role in the economic development efforts of a community or region.

The Jacklin Family was the receipt of this year’s Hometown Hero Award. For over a half-century the Jacklin name was synonymous with the grass fields that stretched across North Idaho. The Jacklins grew the family business, started in 1935, into one of the largest grass growing business in the nation with international markets and up to 200 employees. The Jacklin’s influence over the years has gone beyond their family business. Their generosity has touched all parts of the Inland Northwest through numerous donations to the arts, education and veterans. The Jacklin Family was recognized as a true Hometown Hero for not only its support to the City of Post Falls and Kootenai County, but to the entire Inland Northwest region.

Duane and Don Jacklin accepted the Hometown Hero Award on behalf of the Jacklin family.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

City of Rathdrum Purchases Site for Future Facilities

The City of Rathdrum has purchased 30 acres for $650,000 as a site for future city facilities. City hall, the police station, the parks and recreation department and public works are nearing their capacity. The land will be developed to house the city facilities over the next five to 10 years.

Read the Coeur d’Alene Press article for more details.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Walla Walla Community College Building $5.1 million Workforce and Business Development Center in Clarkston

Walla Walla Community College is building a $5.1 million Workforce and Business Development Center in Clarkston. The facility is expected to open in time for the 2017 school year, offering training in manufacturing maintenance, fabrication and related fields.

In order to meet the immediate demand for skilled workforce, Walla Walla Community College has partnered with the Clarkston School District and is currently conducting industrial maintenance classes in the high school shop. This program will offer students a certificate in industrial maintenance technology. Other programs will include welding and fabrication, along with precision machining. Ultimately, students will be able to earn an AA degree in advanced manufacturing.

To learn more, visit

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Alorica Inc. to Add 350 Jobs in Spokane

Alorica Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based company that bought call center operator West Corp.’s client agent services operations earlier this year, plans to hire up to 350 new employees in Spokane by next year. Last March, Alorica announced its acquisition of West Corp.’s client agent services for $275 million. Alorica has a base of about 450 employees in Spokane.

To learn more, read the Spokane Journal of Business article.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kootenai Health to Create up to 150 Jobs With Expansion

Kootenai Health’s expansion project on the main campus in Coeur d’Alene is over halfway complete. The three-story expansion will provide a family birthing center, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), 10 percent more patient rooms, a new hospital entrance and registration area and expanded visitor waiting areas. The facility is expected to open in late January 2016 and is estimated to add between 100 and 150 new jobs. To learn more, visit

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AsatReal Expanding Moses Lake Facility

Fuji Chemicals, the parent company for Moses Lake-based AstaReal Technologies, hosted Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Moses Lake delegates in its Tokyo offices. At the meeting, it was officially announced that the AstaReal facility located in the ASPI Technology Park in Moses Lake will be expanding. The company will invest $30 million in new facilities and hire 50 new employees to complete the expansion.

Over the next five to seven years, Fuji Chemicals expects to continue its growth and investment in Grant County with an additional 100 jobs. Once the expansions are complete, total employment at AstaReal will exceed 200.

For more information, visit or

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Clearwater Paper Holds Groundbreaking for $160 Million Pulp Digester

Clearwater Paper held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $160 million state-of-the-art continuous pulp digester. The equipment will reduce emissions, reduce energy costs and increase efficiency in converting wood chips to pulp for use in Clearwater’s private label tissue and paperboard production. The project is expected to take two years for construction.

Clearwater Paper has 1,370 direct employees at the Lewiston mill, which supports nearly 4,000 total jobs in the region.

For more information, go to

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Delegation from South Korea Visits Grant and Adams Counties

A visiting delegation from Gunpo City, South Korea recently toured Grant and Adams counties. The delegation met with a dozen local businesses that have products and services in demand in the Korean market.

The visit was capped by a trade expo held at the Columba Basin Technical Skills Center where students have been involved in international business projects between Washington State and South Korea. Gunpo City has extended a reciprocal invitation and a delegation from Grant County will visit South Korea in May 2016 for business-to-business meetings.

For more information, visit

Monday, October 12, 2015

Palouse Knowledge Corridor Hosts Business Showcase on Oct. 15 to Promote Economic Development

Several presenters have been selected for Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s upcoming Business Showcase event to promote economic development and growth on the Palouse. This event is free and open to the public, October 15 from 2–5 p.m. at the University Inn Best Western, located at 1516 Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID.

The goal of the Business Showcase event is to connect people with good business ideas to those who might be able to help make those ideas happen. Each presenter will showcase their business in 15-minute presentations, highlighting their business idea and relating management, product and/or service, technology, market, financial viability, and employee growth implications. Time will also be allowed for question and answer with each presenter.

Read the Palouse Knowledge Corridor's press release to learn more.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4 Wheel Parts Unveils Post Falls, Idaho Retail Store and Distribution Center

Transamerican Auto Parts will further its major expansion initiative with the Grand Opening of its Post Falls, Idaho 4 Wheel Parts retail store and adjacent distribution center this Saturday, October 10.

The event marks the growing presence of the national truck and Jeep performance product reseller into the Pacific Northwest while providing an increased level of service and delivery to customers in the region. 4 Wheel Parts is pleased to welcome area off-road enthusiasts to the family-friendly event, who will be greeted with installation specials, hourly prize drawings, aftermarket parts giveaways and tours of the newest, state-of-the-art facility.

Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SEWEDA Hosts Cup O’ Joe to Discuss Shipping Solutions for Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs and small business owners from the greater Palouse region are invited to attend the next Cup O’ Joe on Wednesday, October 7 from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. at the Crimson Commerce Club, a co-work space at the Pullman Armory, 540 East Main Street, Pullman. Tony Poston from College Hill Custom Threads and Ed Robertson from Badger Braces will be on hand to discuss shipping solutions for small businesses. No RSVP is necessary. Coffee is provided.

Cup O’ Joe is an entrepreneurial support program sponsored by Startup Pullman, a new initiative for the Whitman County office of Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA), and takes place the first Wednesday of each month.

“Tony and Ed will help new manufacturers navigate the business of shipping goods,” says Robin Ohlgren, Whitman County Director of SEWEDA. “Distributing product is often an afterthought to a start-up entrepreneur and these guys have some great tips.”

SEWEDA is a private non-profit economic development organization committed to enhancing economic vitality and quality of life through partnerships with business, civic interests, and government for the benefit of the residents of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Whitman Counties.

For more information about Cup O’ Joe or Startup Pullman, contact Ohlgren at

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

University of Idaho Awarded Multiple Grants

A University of Idaho team developing a novel water treatment process has been granted $427,000 to perform a one-year feasibility study on its work. The funding comes from Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, which helps Idaho’s universities, business leaders and other stakeholders push new technology beyond laboratories into the private sector. N-E-W Tech uses biochar, a charcoal-like activated carbon, to remove organic and mineral contaminants in wastewater with high efficiency. The process generates energy, and the minerals stripped from the water are used to produce fertilizer.

In addition, the National Institute of Health has awarded the University of Idaho a $10.6 million grant to help fund its new Center for Modeling Complex Interactions. The center will focus on using mathematical, statistical and molecular models to address biomedical research questions. The award is the first phase of a new Institutional Development Award Center (IDeA) of Biomedical Research Excellence for the university.

For more information on these projects, visit or

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Relay Application Innovation Completes Construction of Headquarters

Relay Application Innovation, provider of electric power system protection, recently finished construction of its new headquarters in the new Palouse Business Center in Pullman. It is the first tenant in the business center.

For more information, visit or

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Inland Northwest Towns Upgrade to LED Streetlights

A landmark arrangement between the state of Washington and two major utilities will facilitate the installation of cost-saving LED streetlights in numerous small cities at no cost to the cities. Small cities have lagged nationwide in LED conversion because they cannot afford the initial capital cost. If all the small cities (population less than 5,000) were in one location in Washington, they would form the second largest city in the State, with 40,000 streetlights. The new program - called Relight Washington - is the result of an agreement proposed by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

To learn more about the program and which cities will receive the streetlights, read the TIB's press release.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dahmen Barn Artisans Receive Grants from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Artisans at the Dahmen Barn received grants from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation ($29,581) and Northwest Farm Credit Services ($2,500) to complete restrooms in the facility’s new 3,600-square-foot addition that includes more studio space for artists, a multi-purpose room to be used for larger classes, live music performances and rentals for private events, restrooms and storage.

Also included is a commercial kitchen to be used by event caterers and will allow us to expand our programming into culinary arts classes. The addition adds 60 percent capacity to the facility.

To learn more, visit

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

North Idaho College Breaks Ground on $15 million Career Technical Education Facility in Rathdrum

North Idaho College recently broke ground on its $15 million, 100,000-square-foot Career Technical Education Facility in Rathdrum. The facility, which will house several NIC professional-technical programs that are currently in temporary and/or tight quarters, is scheduled for completion by July 2016.

To learn more, visit

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Columbia Pulp to Build $150 Million Mill in Columbia County, Wash.

Columbia Pulp, LLC is planning to develop and build a 140,000-ton-per-year pulp mill on a 449-acre site in Columbia County, Wash. The $150 million facility, which is expected to start production in the 3rd quarter of 2016, will create roughly 130 new jobs.

To learn more, go to

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

North Idaho College Aerospace Center for Excellence Receives Federal Aviation Administration Certification

]The North Idaho College Aerospace Center for Excellence is now a Federal Aviation Administration-certified school for aviation mechanics.

The college received a nearly $3 million federal grant in late 2012 that helped create the Aerospace Center in Hayden, which has offered advanced manufacturing programs since the fall of 2013. To date, 87 students have been taught hands-on skills fabricating and repairing composite parts, operating a CNC mill or learned about non-destructive testing methods in that program.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FedEx Ground Expanding Distribution Center in Spokane

FedEx Ground is expanding its distribution center in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The expansion includes an addition with 46,600 square feet of warehouse space and 1,000 square feet of office space. The project is valued at $3.5 million.

To learn more, read the Journal of Business article.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Transamerican Auto Parts to Open Warehouse in Post Falls

Transamerican Auto Parts, an industry leader in the manufacture, distribution and sale of off-road parts for Jeeps and light trucks, recently unveiled plans to open a new warehouse distribution center in Post Falls, creating 50 new jobs. The 75,000-square-foot warehouse will increase supply and inventory levels at retail stores in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

In addition, the company plans to open a 10,000-square-foot retail outlet called "4 Wheel Parts," the global leader in off-road truck, Jeep and aftermarket performance products.

To learn more, visit

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Avista Launches Energy Storage Project

Avista recently launched its Energy Storage Project to test a new large-scale battery storage system in a real-world setting at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories using batteries manufactured by UniEnergy Technologies.

The $7 million project is funded by a $3.2 million grant from Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Clean Energy Fund and $3.8 million in Avista matching funds. The Energy Storage Project is part of Avista’s investment into research that will improve power system reliability.

To learn more, go to

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Palouse Knowledge Corridor Host Successful Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp™

Approximately 100 people attended the Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp™presented by the Palouse Knowledge Corridor.

Experts from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and EMSI joined more than 40 other speakers, teachers and mentors over the five-day camp, lending expertise in a variety of areas. They didn’t just share expertise: They also shared contacts, and in some cases helped land a client.

After five days of intense camp experience, complete with business pitching, fundraising, marketing and real-life networking experiences, attendees headed back to their daily lives armed with new ideas to launch their businesses. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Grant County, Wash. Sees Retail Growth

Retail growth in Grant County is starting to catch up to the industrial growth that has been occurring over the past few years. Panda Express, Party City, Marshalls, Carl’s Jr. Fairfield Suites, and Pita Pit have all announced new locations that will open in Moses Lake this year.

It is estimated that local residents spend over $125 million at stores and restaurants outside of the area because shopping options are not available locally. These new stores are poised to capture some of those dollars that have been leaving the community. Collectively these businesses will employ more than 150 people.

To learn more, visit

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Comcast Creates 750 Jobs in Spokane with New Customer Support Center

Comcast recently announced it will build a state-of-the-art customer support center in the Spokane area, creating 750 jobs. The center, which will open in summer 2016, is a part of the company’s multi-year commitment to create more than 5,500 new customer service jobs with the addition of three new customer support centers in Spokane, WA; Albuquerque, NM; and Tucson, AZ.

For more information, go to

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hayden, Idaho Honored for Stoddard Park Work

The city of Hayden's work on Stoddard Park earned the city an award June 11 from the Idaho Association of Cities. Hayden won a City Achievement Award in the Parks and Recreation category.

These awards are given in several categories and recognize the work of cities around Idaho that have implemented pioneering approaches to improve quality of life, address community challenges, and enhance service delivery in cost-effective ways.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

INW in the News: Site Selection, "Top Micropolitan Groups of the Year"

Congratulations to Grant County Economic Development Council on being recognized by Site Selection magazine as a Top Micropolitan Group of the Year! Click here to see the article. To learn more about Grant County EDC, visit

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comcast Selects Spokane for New Call Center

Comcast announced the selection of Spokane as one of three sites at which it will develop new state-of-the-art customer support centers. The other two locations are Albuquerque, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona.

Hiring is already underway and Comcast expects to hire 80 people every six weeks, culminating in 675 new jobs for the greater-Spokane area. Positions will include management, human resources, training and customer care, with cumulative annual salary and benefits packages totaling more than $27 million. Comcast extends employee investments that include paid training, tuition reimbursement, opportunities for promotion, relocation and advancement within the company.

Employees will work from a temporary location until a permanent 80,000-square-foot facility, expected to cost $7 million, is built.

To learn more, read the Greater Spokane Incorporated article.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greater Spokane Incorporated Announces AGORA Award Winners

Greater Spokane Incorporated announced the winners of the 2015 AGORA Awards. The AGORA Awards recognize businesses in the region that exemplify leadership in supporting a strong economy and quality of life.

The winners were selected by an independent team of volunteer judges who carefully consider company growth, marketing strategy, employee environment, response to adversity, customer service, strategic planning, creativity and contribution to the regional economy.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Telect Opening New Manufacturing Facility in Liberty Lake

Telect, Liberty Lake-based manufacturer of network infrastructure equipment, is opening a new manufacturing facility in the Liberty Lake Business Park. The new plant will employ about 60 to start and will include space for new headquarter offices, allowing both office and manufacturing staff to all be under the same roof once again.

Read the Inland Northwest Business article to learn more or visit

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Northwest Specialty Hospital Building Syringa Medical Campus

Northwest Specialty Hospital is developing another complex near the hospital, known as the Syringa Medical Campus.

The $2.1 million project will include three buildings. The first building will have 17,000 square feet of office space and is expected to be complete in June. Two other buildings of similar size also are planned as part of the Syringa Medical Campus, although no construction dates are set for those buildings yet. Each building will accommodate two to eight tenants with suite sizes ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 square feet.

For more information, read the Journal of Business article.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation Hires New President

Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation has a new president for the organization. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam brings more than 20 years of experience in economic development, having worked in both rural settings in central Idaho and urban centers as large as Detroit. She was the former chief economic development officer for the state of Idaho, and prior to joining Jobs Plus, Inc. ran her own consulting firm providing workshops in “transforming elected officials and stakeholders into champions for economic development.”

For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Toolbox Supports Local Entrepreneurs

The Toolbox is a new collaborative work space in Spokane’s University District where seasoned entrepreneurs, established companies, growing startups and nonprofit-maker organizations will share tools, equipment, space, ideas and knowledge with emerging entrepreneurs and innovators interested in building businesses based on making things.

The Toolbox is the brainchild of Andy Barrett, chairman and majority shareholder of Berg Co. The Toolbox creates a team and assists that team with creating a business plan, manufacturing a final prototype, securing financing and forming a company.

To learn more about Toolbox and its current projects, go to

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Next IT Constructing New Headquarters in Spokane Valley

Next IT, provider of natural language platform software, is constructing a new building for its corporate headquarters in Spokane Valley. The 44,000 square-foot building will be completed this fall. Next IT currently employ's 160 and expects to grow that number in the coming months.

To learn more, read the Inland Northwest Business article or visit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hecla Mining Company to Acquire Revett Mining Company

Hecla Mining Company announced plans to acquire Revett Mining Company in a transaction valued at $20 million. Following closing of the merger, Hecla intends to continue to advance permitting of the Rock Creek project. Located in Northwest Montana, Rock Creek is considered one of the largest undeveloped silver and copper deposits in North America.

For more information on the acquisition, go to

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Empire Unmanned Aviation to Provide Precision Agriculture Services Using Drones

Empire Airlines, ADAVSO and Blair Farms announced a partnership to develop Empire Unmanned Aviation, which will provide precision agriculture services using unmanned aircrafts, also known as drones.

ADAVSO was one of the first companies in the United States to receive a commercial exemption approved by the FAA to operate commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems specifically designed for precision agriculture.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

$15 Million Office Complex Planned for Spokane's University District

Brown Properties, Spokane developer and contractor, plans to build a $15 million office complex in Spokane’s University District. According to the Spokane Journal of Business, the project, tentatively named Spokane River Properties Development, would have four three-story office buildings and one single-story retail building.

Depending on the city’s plans and Washington State Department of Transportation approval, construction could begin in late summer and carry into 2016.

To learn more, read the Spokane Journal of Business article.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alliance Data Retail Services Plans to Hire Additional 130 Employees 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, plans to hire 130 additional employees this spring to expand its Coeur d'Alene facility.

The Ohio-based company made the expansion announcement as part of a long-term growth plan to meet its expanding portfolio of branded credit card programs. Alliance Data's facility in Coeur d'Alene opened in June 2014.

To learn more, read the Coeur d’Alene Press article or visit

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2nd Annual Palouse Knowledge Corridor's Be the Entrepreneur Boot Camp

The 2nd Annual Palouse Knowledge Corridor's Be the Entrepreneur (BTE) boot camp will take place June 14-18. The boot camp is designed to help entrepreneurs clearly see opportunities and help prepare them for the perils ahead.

The BTE is a way to quickly determine the probability of startup success so you don't miss the window of opportunity, while minimizing the risk of failure by taking that hard look before jumping off the entrepreneurial cliff.

For more information, go to

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tuition-Free Training Opportunities for Manufacturing Employees

A new $2.7 million federal grant is helping manufacturing businesses across Washington pay for worker training through Washington State University and King County's Highline and Shoreline Colleges at nearly no cost.

All training is online and aimed at boosting staff productivity. Classes are available in even the most rural places, where enhancing employee skills is critical, but difficult. Courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level for; Project Management, Supervisory Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma, Lean Agility, Global Trade & Logistics, and more.

To learn more, go to

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Inland Northwest's Avista Utilities Featured in New York Times

Inland Northwest-based Avista Utilities was recently featured in the New York Times for its liquid battery project in Pullman, Wash.

In an industrial park on the outskirts of Pullman, Wash., 10 white storage trailers sit side by side, neatly arranged in two rows. These are no ordinary storage units. Arranged on racks inside are the guts of a large rechargeable battery, the kind of device that can store and release utility-scale amounts of electricity.

But this is no ordinary storage battery, either. In contrast with the typical lead-acid batteries used to start car engines or the lithium-ion cells that power electric vehicles — both of which are largely solid — this battery is mostly liquid.

To read the full article, click here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grant County at JEC Europe Composite Conference

Emily Braunwart, Business Recruitment Manager of the Grant County EDC traveled with the Washington State Delegation to the JEC Europe Composite Conference which was held March 10-12.

Braunwart was able to connect with a company the EDC has been working with since last year. Braunwart was also able to identify new and emerging sub industries within the composite industry.

The conference boasted over 36,000 attendees, which makes it the largest composite show in the world. Companies ranging from resin manufacturing to carbon fiber manufacturers to machinery to natural composite manufacturers were all present.

To learn more about manufacturing and Grant County, visit and read the full article.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Small-Town Entrepreneur Talks Business with U.S. Lawmaker

Andrew DePaula, founder and president of intelliPaper, a technology company in Edwall, Wash., that has developed a type of “smart paper,” met with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Monday, March 16 to talk about innovation, entrepreneurship and small business.

The visit to Capitol Hill was arranged by the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network as part of its annual meetings with U.S. legislators.

“Andrew is such an incredible example of what small businesses can do, not just for the economy in general, but for their communities in particular,” said Duane Fladland, state director of the Washington SBDC Network.

The Washington SBDC ( is hosted by Washington State University and receives funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional support comes from other institutions of higher education and nonprofit economic development organizations.

Read the full SBDC article to learn more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Hires and Trains New Employees in Moses Lake

Fifty-nine new employees have been hired and trained by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers. By years end, total employment at the Moses Lake campus will be just under 200.

A portion of the training was funded with the support of a $150,000 Work Start training grant from the Governor’s Office and the Washington State Department of Commerce. Positions that were trained include supervisors, maintenance technicians, electricians and production operator trainers. Skills and principles taught included supervisory leadership, communication, negotiation, and skills directly related to day-to-day operations of the facility.

Through the training, two employees were promoted to supervisory positions, 41 employees learned production operations procedures and 13 employees were promoted to production operation trainers.

To learn more, visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Keystone Automotive Operations Announces Spokane County Expansion

Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc., an Exeter, Pennsylvania, corporation, recently announced an expansion in Spokane County, with the construction of a large distribution warehouse in Spokane’s West Plains area. The 250,000-square-foot facility will be home to approximately 60 employees who will be responsible for inbound and outbound freight activities.

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive equipment and accessories in North America. Keystone’s parent company, LKQ, based in Chicago, is a Fortune 500 company with worldwide distribution.

To learn more, go to

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Manufacturing Startup Incubator Launches in Spokane’s University District

Veteran Spokane entrepreneurs Andy Barrett and Tom Simpson are leasing space at the Spokane complex owned by Seattle-based McKinstry Co. for a manufacturing business incubator, called Toolbox, according to an article in the Journal of Business.

Toolbox is located in a portion of the former Habitat for Humanity ReStore building near the McKinstry Innovation Center. It’s intended to serve as a collaborative space where established companies and business mentors will share expertise, ideas, tools and equipment with manufacturing startups and entrepreneurs, Simpson says.

To learn more, read the Journal of Business article.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Grant County EDC to Host Entrepreneurship Conference on April 17

The Grant County Economic Development Council and the Adams County Development Council are co-hosting an Entrepreneur Conference on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the  Othello Community Hospital. Erik Pages, a leader in rural entrepreneurship through EntreWorks, will be the keynote presenter where he will discuss best practices for small business success. The conference provides the opportunity to engage with a national expert, add value to existing rural businesses and encourage new entrepreneurs.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Registration is available online at: For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

INW in the News: Business Xpansion Journal, "Washington: Building Business Legends"

Business Xpansion Journal featured Grant County EDC's economic development success in the magazine's article on innovation in Washington state. The article includes details about BMW SGL's facility ground breaking in Moses Lake and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.’s selection of the Grant County International Airport.

BMW SGL broke ground for a third building and will begin production on a fourth line in its second building. By late 2015, the company will be running six production lines, which will make it the world’s single largest producer of carbon fiber.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. announced it will test and certify its regional jets from Grant County International Airport, expecting to invest $60 million and creating 50 jobs.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

City of Coeur d’Alene Issues Building Permits for $20 Million High-Rise

The city of Coeur d’Alene has issued building permits to an Aspen, Colo.-based real estate company to construct a $20 million, 15-story high-rise. The mixed-use project, as envisioned, would include 60 luxury apartment units with one, two and three bedrooms and living space ranging from 750 to 3,400 square feet.

To learn more, read the Journal of Business article.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Port of Lewiston Adds $3.5 million to Economic Development Activities in 2014

The Port of Lewiston estimates it added $3.5 million to economic development activities in 2014.
During the year, it completed the construction of a 150-foot extension to its dock, increasing productivity and safety. It had 100 percent occupancy in all buildings available for lease.

The port partnered with Great Northwest Railroad to pursue container-on-rail opportunities. It also completed a five-year strategic plan, a master plan for the Harry Wall Development and the Northport Transportation Study.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

National Biodiesel Board and Regents of the University of Idaho Receive USDA Grants

The National Biodiesel Board and Regents of the University of Idaho received $768,000 and $192,000, respectively, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. The project consists of converting 187 million gallons of manure from dairy operations to electricity that will help fuel and care for properties in Idaho.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pullman, Wash.-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Continues to Expand

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), an employee-owned company serving the power industry worldwide, continues to expand. Employment at its Pullman campus has reached 2,000 and the company has 200 local job openings, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. About two dozen of the jobs are in manufacturing assembly.

 The company is internationally known for the high quality of equipment it designs and manufactures to monitor and control electrical systems.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spokane's Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center Plans $10 Million Primary Care Clinic

The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center is in the design phase of a $10 million primary care clinic to be constructed on the hospital campus in northwest Spokane. The 25,000-square-foot clinic will be designed to accommodate a new patient-aligned care team focus. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016.

For more information, read the Journal of Business article.