Group to develop consistent, transparent project evaluation
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart have announced the formation of a work group as part of plans to encourage economic investment, create jobs, and improve the median household income in Spokane.
The work group will deliver a policy that will ensure certainty for those looking to invest in the city. In addition, the work group will formalize conversations as the community attracts the next large projects in Spokane, as well as commit the City to making improved economic prosperity a priority in the next budget cycle.
“We are building a framework that will introduce the kind of certainty that businesses and entrepreneurs desire when making the decision to invest in our city,” said Condon. “It also gives us – and citizens – a consistent, transparent way to evaluate projects for potential for business, community and citizen benefits.”
“I think we have all seen great things in the last three-and-a-half years – with streets, our clean water plan and parks,” said Stuckart. “Now is the time for economic policy. A united vision is important.”
Formation of the work group is the next step to continue the momentum of the more than $850 million in business investment the City has cultivated over the past two years. The City will engage citizens over the next few weeks as the discussion unfolds and will provide periodic updates at SpokaneCity.org.