Spokane Valley’s Unique Distribution and Logistics Advantages

Home to a robust infrastructure, offering low operating costs and equipped with specialized incentives, Spokane Valley makes an ideal location for warehousing, distribution and logistics businesses. The leading third party logistics provider in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Inland Empire Distribution Systems Inc., is headquartered in Spokane Valley, and is ideally suited for supply chain control of freight distribution to and from Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Wide-Ranging Infrastructure

The Spokane region is equipped with the transportation logistics to move products across the U.S. Conveniently located on I-90, Spokane Valley manufacturers can make easy use of this freight corridor to carry both international and domestic interstate and intrastate trade. Additionally, north-south routes provide access to Canada – only 110 miles to the north – as well as Mexico.

Class 1 railroads Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe both ship nationally out of the Spokane Valley switching yard. On the direct Seattle to Chicago line for both railroads, Spokane Valley is the gateway to and from the interior U.S. and the Pacific Rim, with efficient east-west access and reciprocal switching capabilities matched by only a few regions nationwide.

Low Costs

Spokane Valley’s advantage begins with its low taxes. The city does not impose a local Business & Occupation tax and has not increased the city property taxes for six years. It is also home to friendly worker’s compensation rates that keep costs low by basing the rates on hours worked rather than the wages paid.

For warehousing and distribution, the State of Washington offers the Remittance of State Sales Tax for Warehouses to wholesalers or third-party warehousers who own or operate warehouses, grain elevators or retailers who own or operate distribution centers. The incentive applies to sales tax paid on the construction or expansion of warehouse or distribution centers by at least 200,000 square feet or the construction or expansion of a grain elevator by at least one-million-bushel storage capacity.

There are also a variety of general employer incentive programs for everything ranging from the hiring of veterans to providing international services. Through the Washington Customized Training Program eligible businesses can also receive customized employee training. The level of customization ranges from existing training curriculum delivered at the job site to fully customized training curriculum developed exclusively for the business.

Accessible Workforce

Not only is Spokane County the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, but additionally, the area is home to 18 universities and colleges. Nearly 90,000 students study within an 80-mile radius. In addition to these graduates, the Fairchild Airforce Base provides a working pool of retired military and military spouses. The largest jobholder group is 25 to 34 years old.

Recognizing that finding a skilled workforce is one of the most critical needs of any company, Spokane Valley also offers a wide range of resources to support the hiring needs of employers.

The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council offers employers resources such as job posting and screening, candidate source, job profiling, assessment testing, behavioral interviewing, on the job training and work opportunity tax credits. Its initiative Work Ready Spokane provides workplace skills assessment that can be used by employers and job seekers alike. WorkSource Spokane also specializes in providing employers with tax information, the tools to find qualified applicants and help with employee training.

When combined with Washington’s community colleges, job skills programs and workforce college, these resources make building a highly skilled team fast and simple.

Vibrant Community

When it comes to recruiting a workforce, the Spokane region offers a quality of life that makes the decision to relocate an easy one. Spokane Valley enjoys 260 days of sunshine a year and is home to a wide selection of fun outdoor activities to enjoy all year long.

Events like Valleyfest provide live entertainment, while the Centennial Trail offers biking, walking, running and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ski resorts are plentiful in the area, with five resorts within 75 miles and over 300 inches of snow each year. Some of the nation’s finest golf courses are also found in the Spokane region.

Meanwhile, Spokane Valley offers education to prepare students for college at three main school districts – East Valley, Central Valley and West Valley. Post-graduation, the Spokane region is home to the 77-acre University District meaning students can receive a top-notch education close to home.

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