Partnering for Success

Spokane River

November 2019

One of the reasons for the Administration’s success has been its willingness to join forces with other agencies and organizations in the community. These collaborations are mutually beneficial and have yielded results.

One of those partnerships has been with Spokane Public Library, which has flourished in recent years, adding world-class facilities and resources for the City to enjoy, while along the way also building culture and community. The City’s libraries have become known as inclusive gathering places where opportunities far exceed simply checking out a book.

The future for the City’s libraries is also stable and promising, thanks to voters passing a $77 million bond in 2018 to remodel four libraries, while funding the construction of three new libraries. To formulate the bond, the Library worked with the Administration, and teamed with Spokane Public Schools to place the library bond alongside the school bond on the 2018 ballot.

“The ongoing bond projects reflect a strategic partnership between the City, Parks & Recreation, and Spokane Public Schools to effectively and efficiently deliver taxpayer-funded resources to citizens,” says Spokane Public Library Executive Director Andrew Chanse.

The City also engaged the Library to partner, along with Spokane Transit Authority, on the Spokane Youth Card, providing free bus passes to students and connecting them with programs like free swim, library events and skate parks.

“We’ve enjoyed working with the Administration to implement these successful projects that are aimed at improving citizen’s lives,” says Chanse.

Read more about the progress Spokane has made.