Industries

Aerospace

Spokane International Airport

The Spokane region, with over 8,000 employed in airframe production, is the nation's fifth largest aerospace cluster and the second largest in the state of Washington. A diversified supply and service chain, and a highly skilled workforce, equips the region to support and grow new business within the industry.

More than 120 manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and organizations related to the worldwide aerospace industry

Leading industry segments:

  • Aircraft parts manufacturing
  • Auxiliary equipment manufacturing
  • Aircraft manufacturing and support activities for air transportation
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Life Sciences / Health Sciences / Healthcare Hub of the Intermountain Northwest

U District

The Spokane region is a life sciences industry hub that connects companies with infrastructure, talent, and a network of clinical partners. Spokane's uniquely collaborative spirit and supportive business environment creates a culture that propels innovation and advances the health of people and communities.

As the largest healthcare, health sciences and medical education hub from Seattle to Minneapolis, and Calgary to Salt Lake City, Spokane provides services to a population of approximately 1.2 million. With over 4,000 health-related businesses, Spokane has a track record of growing high value companies in Health IT, pharmaceutical manufacturing, biological products, surgical and medical instruments, medical laboratories and software development.

  • 9 hospitals employ 43,000 people; well over 20% of Spokane's employment base
  • Currently a billion dollar industry in the region, projected to grow to $2.5 billion within ten years

Spokane's University District, 770 acres adjoining downtown Spokane, provides connections between the healthcare industry center and the institutions of medical and health sciences education. Education partners include:

  • Community Colleges of Spokane – second largest allied health program in the U.S.
  • Eastern Washington University Spokane
  • Gonzaga University
  • University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership – site of the WWAMI medical education program
  • Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane Campus
  • Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Whitworth University

Spokane is primed for growth with the infrastructure for life sciences and lifestyles. It boasts an attractive cost of doing business – 18% below the national average. The region's affordable land, buildings and space, combined with renewable hydroelectric power and some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, present an attractive environment for start-ups and early stage companies allowing them to minimize their cost of operations.

Agribusiness

Farmers Market

Agriculture is one of our region's most important industries. There is a strong interdependency of agricultural jobs and agricultural-related jobs in non-agricultural sectors which directly affect the spending power in the region.

The “Local Food Movement” is also creating a significant impact through farmers' markets, field to table restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries, and wineries.

Regional agriculture industry:

Whitman County, just south of Spokane, is the #1 wheat producing county in the US, and ranks #2 in the country for barley production.

Spokane County has the second-highest number of farms in Washington State with over 2,500.

Food processing in Spokane accounts for $566 million in revenue.

The Inland Northwest's largest farm machinery show, Spokane Ag Expo, is celebrating its 40th year in 2017. Ag Expo provides the best possible marketing showcase of agricultural equipment and related products for the large scale operator to small acreage farms and ranches. More than 6,000 attendees visited the 2016 event at the Spokane Convention Center.

Energy / Clean Technology / Environmental

Hillyard

Known as the Evergreen State, Washington State's economy embraces clean technologies, business-driven energy efficiency and environmental solutions. As a region, Spokane is leading the way in creating innovative and exciting best practices.

Our region is fortunate to be home to a number of globally, regionally and nationally significant companies in a variety of sectors that provide services and products in areas as diverse as:

  • Metering and communication solutions
  • Energy and utility management solutions
  • Power system protection and monitoring
  • Energy and hydrogen fuel cell storage
  • Smart building construction
  • Solar solutions
  • Environmental control and waste-to-value solutions
  • Energy auditing

Contact Information

Contact Teri Stripes,
Economic Development Specialist at:
509.625.6597
incentives@spokanecity.org