David Condon

Encouraging economic investment in Spokane

David Condon, Mayor, No Phone Number Available

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 3:25 p.m.

We've been discussing for some time a strategic approach to enhancing economic prosperity for City residents. Some initial steps have set us down a path of making government more affordable for the citizens we serve.

Monday, Council President Ben Stuckart and I announced a next step that encourages economic investment in our City and, by extension, creates jobs that will improve the median household income. A work group we are forming will deliver a policy for those looking to invest in the city. It'll formalize conversations as the community attracts the next large projects in Spokane. It will also 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. It also gives us – and citizens – a consistent, transparent way to evaluate projects for potential for business, community and citizen benefits.

Formation of the work group will help us continue the momentum of the more than $850 million in business investment the City has cultivated over the past two years. Check back here for periodic updates as the discussion unfolds.

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