City takes next steps in efforts along East Sprague

Public invited to workshop focusing on Smart Growth

Boris Borisov, City of Spokane Planning Department, 509.625.6156,

Monday, September 14, 2015 at Noon

City of Spokane officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America this week in ongoing efforts to revitalize the East Sprague area. The workshops on Sept. 15 and 16 are part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program.

“Improvements made so far to East Sprague are just the beginning of a larger vision the City Council and I share for moving this underutilized business district and surrounding neighborhood forward,” said Mayor David Condon. “The Smart Growth America workshop will help us direct the resources to transform the neighborhood into one of economic vitality.”

In December 2014, Smart Growth America, which offers growth solutions to support business and job creation, chose Spokane as one of just 14 communities nationally (from a pool of over 120 applications) to receive a technical workshop grant to assist the City of Spokane’s Sprague TIP project. The Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health workshop will focus on smart growth policies that can help the community save money and use targeted investment to spur economic development along East Sprague and elsewhere in Spokane.

“We’re very excited to take this next step to strengthen how we design our city and plan for city investment,” said Councilmember Jon Snyder. “The workshop will be a big boost for efforts to reinvigorate key areas of Spokane including the East Sprague district.”

City of Spokane residents are invited to join the workshop’s first day for an introductory presentation on the relationship between how a community grows and the health of its economy and local finances. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at SCAFCO Steel and Stud Manufacturing, 2800 E. Main Ave.