In July 2019, the Northeast Public Development Authority (NEPDA) hired a new Executive Director to assist in furthering the economic development of the Hillyard Industrial Area in northeast Spokane. This area is called The Yard, which is an emerging employment center for industrial businesses, including approximately 500 acres of heavy and light industrial-zoned property. The North Spokane Corridor (NSC or U.S. Highway 395) has reached The Yard. Funding has been allocated by the Washington State legislature to complete construction to connect with Interstate 90 by 2027. This new freeway will include two interchanges in The Yard, on Francis Avenue and Wellesley Avenue. The NSC will be a critical link in transportation infrastructure for the region.

Choose Spokane’s YARD to grow your industrial Business

The Timing is Right

“The YARD” – a hub for local, regional, national, and international trade—is the right location for your small or medium sized business to grow. Opportunity abounds in The YARD, where the local community supports and encourages industrial development and investments are being made to ensure the area’s long-term industry and expanded freight-supportive features, such as:

  • Land zoned for light and heavy industrial.
  • Easy access to Class I Rail service.
  • Location adjacent to US 395, a designated high priority International Corridor and T1 truck route.
  • Two planned and funded interchanges flanking the industrial district with direct access to I-90.
  • High-capacity utilities, already on site.
  • Available real estate, including many build-to-suit opportunities.
  • The Northeast Public Development Authority (NEPDA) Board, working to encourage economic vitality and a business-supportive environment within the YARD.
  • Additional infrastructure projects called for in the City’s 6-year comprehensive streets program.

The City will work to make your development, business start-up, and/or expansion easier. We offer tailored assistance to projects in our targeted redevelopment areas.

About the Northeast Public Development Authority

Vision: the northeast Spokane focus area, known as The YARD, as home to an array of commercial and industrial businesses providing quality employment and economic opportunity to residents in the region, and quality housing for area workers.

Mission: invest in infrastructure, economic development efforts and land development to create business and job opportunities.

NE PDA's Redevelopment Guiding Principles
  • Identify and support priority, catalytic, projects to create sustainable job base
  • Build on past work to integrate the area with the neighborhood and improve economic opportunity for residents
  • Remove barriers to support market development
  • Replace blight with sustainable jobs
  • Promote public participation
  • Maximize revenue generation for private and public use

View more information about the Northeast Public Development Authority.

Contact Information

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David Guthrie named Northeast PDA director

David Guthrie has been selected as the executive director of the Northeast Public Development Authority. Guthrie is experienced in developing, financing and managing commercial and mixed-use real estate, including the 160-acre Riverstone development, in Coeur d’Alene. Most recently, he managed the global real estate operations of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, with more than 5,000 employees, and offices in over 100 countries worldwide. He reports to the NEPDA Board of Directors, and will serve as a staff member of Greater Spokane Incorporated dedicated to furthering economic development in the Hillyard industrial area of northeast Spokane.

David Guthrie
Executive Director
Northeast Public Development Authority
509.992.0551 (Office/Cell)