Mayor's Minute: What's happening with your city this week - July 21 Economic Vitality

Friday, July 21, 2017

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Streamlining the city’s permitting processes, designating target investment areas, a renewed focus on industry and sector strengths, and adding the economic investment program that evaluates projects for potential investment programs are driving that investment. More recently, the City Council and Mayor’s Office worked together on a partnership with Spokane County and the Spokane Airport designate a new economic investment area on the West Plains to drive manufacturing and aerospace growth. Growing sustainable economic vitality also involves people who can identify potential investment opportunities, who understand the needs of businesses, and can find the right fits within the city.

In case you missed them, following are other recent city happenings of significance.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting a community engagement workshop to discuss the design of the North Spokane Corridor. The presentation and workshop are on July 25 from 5:30-9 pm at the Spokane Community College Lair Building Event Center.

Work on an approximately 1 million gallon underground storage tank that will help prevent overflows from combined wastewater and stormwater sewers from entering the Spokane River is nearly complete. The tank at Lincoln Street and Summit Boulevard is one of a network of tanks that makes up an extended underground network.

Meet Francis Adewale, an assistant public defender, who received the President’s Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The award recognizes distinguished service to the highest traditions of the criminal defense bar on a particular case or series of related cases, or long-time service to the criminal defense bar.

Learn more about these and other events at Thank you and we’ll see you next time on the Mayor’s Minute.


The community has consistently told us that the city shares in the responsibility to facilitate growing jobs and economic vitality. It is one of the key elements of the strategic plan being developed jointly by the Mayor’s Office and the Spokane City Council to build from the more than $1.9 billion that has been invested in the city over the past four-plus years.