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.
“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:
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.
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.
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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.
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