Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.
Next fall, a new Amazon fulfillment center with 1,500 employees will open in the West Plains! Before Amazon even considered opening a facility in the West Plains the City of Spokane, Spokane County and Spokane International Airport formed the West Plains Public Development Authority (PDA) with the goal of attracting new manufacturing and aerospace development that would grow jobs in the area. This innovative partnership is just one example how integrated solutions can help deliver economic development goals.
Besides the West Plains, our economic development team is focused on six target investment areas across the City, including our downtown, the University District and more. Our economic development team is growing Spokane’s business activity by helping to align public investments in neighborhood planning, community development, and infrastructure development with private sector investments.
The City of Spokane is also working to attract entrepreneurs and provide them with information on moving their business to Spokane as part of our Hacking Washington campaign. The Hacking Washington website showcases the many reasons a business should consider relocating to Spokane.
Our city is home to leading colleges supplying a skilled workforce, an international airport, affordable housing, commute times under 20 minutes, and ample office space with rent that is often less than half the cost of commercial rent in Seattle. We also want to talk to Spokane alumni, the people who have left Spokane and have been successful in other places. They might want to consider coming back and possibly bringing along jobs that they oversee at corporations across the nation.
These are just some of the tactics the City of Spokane is utilizing to improve the economic and social well-being of Spokane citizens. To learn more about our economic development strategy visit our new economic development website!