City of Spokane and Partners to Receive Award

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:58 p.m.

The City of Spokane and our partners have been selected to receive Governor Jay Inslee’s Smart Communities Smart Partnership Award.

This Thursday, October 4 the City of Spokane and our partners will receive the Smart Partnership Award. The award ceremony will take place in the 1 South Madelia Community Room at 5:30 p.m. Those being recognized for their efforts to implement the Sprague Targeted Investment project include the City of Spokane, Spokane Regional Health District, Community Frameworks, Spokane Police Department, East Central Neighborhood Council, Sprague Community Café Members, East Spokane Business Association, and Avista Utilities.

The East Sprague Targeted Investment Pilot (TIP) established by the Spokane City Council with support from Mayor David Condon. The TIP sought to prove that targeted public investments in housing, public infrastructure, and safety, lead to increased private investment and measureable long-term vitality. Total investment in the East Sprague area is expected to be in the tens of millions. In the past three years, multiple projects have been completed including: the East Sprague Avenue rebuild, 1 South Madelia Housing Development, East Spokane Business Improvement District formation and implementation, and a community-driven lighting project.

“This target investment project has been extremely beneficial to the East Sprague neighborhood,” said City of Spokane Director of Neighborhood and Planning, Heather Trautman. “Between 2013 and 2017, the median sale price of residential real estate increased by 73%. The median sales price of commercial real estate increased by 100% over the same period.”

For a full list of Smart Communities Award winners visit the Department of Commerce website.