Economic Development partners work to create new Spokane regional economic strategy

THRIVE Spokane logo over image of valleyGreater Spokane Inc. (GSI), in collaboration with the City of Spokane Valley and other community partners, has launched THRIVE Spokane, the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Spokane region. THRIVE Spokane is a vision and roadmap coordinated in collaboration with community leaders to create a plan for an equitable and vibrant future.

With funding from the US Economic Development Administration and in-kind contributions from economic  development partners, GSI is leading the effort with guidance from consulting firms, TIP Strategies, Inc. and Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. The project will continue through Spring 2022.

THRIVE Spokane will identify the community’s common vision, creating opportunities for economic and equitable growth and collaboration across our region. The vision will help shape strategies that address deficiencies and help define growth objectives including programs for small businesses and entrepreneurship resources, talent and workforce attraction, and the incorporation of new innovations and technologies.

THRIVE Spokane is currently in the planning process stage, with the first phase of the project focused on data collection and analysis and community engagement. The THRIVE team has launched a community survey to gather input from business owners and operators, developers, entrepreneurs, government officials, elected officials and other citizens. Click here to take the brief survey; it will be available through Oct. 20.

“It’s important to get feedback and have meaningful conversations all members of our community so we understand what’s important to them and what their vision is for the future,” said Gary Ballew, VP of Economic Development for Greater Spokane Inc. “Our goal is to engage the broadest possible constituency to drive inclusive economic development for our community. This will help us shape a more unified approach to planning and create goals for our region that benefits everyone.”

The public is encouraged to visit ThriveSpokane.org to learn more and take the community survey.