Discover the latest news from the Inland Northwest Partners in this edition of our Newsletter
INP Fall Meeting|The Creative Economy: An Economic Catalyst
for Your Community

September 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
(Continental breakfast @ 8:30 a.m.)

Hayden Lake Country Club
2362 East Bozanta Dr.
Hayden, ID 83835
Join us to hear about best practices in creative placemaking. Our keynote presentation is "Shaping Your Community's Character Through Activities, Individuals, & Spaces" by Margaret Hunt, Director Colorado Creative Industries.

Continental breakfast and early morning networking begins at 8:30 a.m.

$40 for INP members; $60 for non-members.  
Lisa Brown, Director of WA Commerce and Tom Kealey, Director of ID Commerce, shared the keynote presentation at the INP Summer Meeting in Pullman.

Inland Northwest Partner Investors
INP would like to thank these progressive companies for their commitment to economic development throughout the region:
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Washington Rural Broadband Workshop - Davenport

This FREE one-day workshop is for local broadband stakeholders in Washington State to learn about digital applications, broadband solutions, and Federal and State grant and loan programs.

This one-day workshop is designed to inform and engage civic leaders, businesses, and community champions, and ultimately help reshape our communities and drive rural prosperity.  Register here.

Sponsored by USDA Rural Development, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, and the State of Washington- with support from the Washington State Public Works Board, Community Economic Revitalization Board, Washington State University Extension Services, and Lincoln County Economic Development Council.
Upcoming Events/Conferences
EMSI Annual Conference  
September 16-18, 2019
Coeur d'Alene, ID  
Community Building Workshop - 13 Ways 
September 19, 2019
Potlatch, ID
More information
Washington Rural Broadband Workshop   
September 19, 2019
Davenport, WA

Community Building Workshop - 13 Ways 
September 20, 2019
Ritzville, WA
Inland Northwest Partners Fall Meeting
September 24, 2019
Hayden, ID
The Pluses of Additive Manufacturing Workshop  
September 26, 2019  
Lewiston, ID  
Washington Association of County Officials Annual Conference 
October 1-3, 2019  
Tacoma, WA 
8th Annual Sun Valley Economic Development Summit 
October 28, 2019
Ketchum, ID
Idaho Economic Development Association Annual Conference
November 5-7, 2019  
Boise, ID  
Greater Spokane Incorporated - 22nd Annual Economic Forecast
November 20, 2019
Spokane, WA
Maury Forman's new book on disaster preparation and recovery: "Noah's Town: Where Animals Reign."

From Amazon: Noah's Town: Where Animals Reign tells the story of how the descendants of Noah's Ark have integrated themselves in society and have formed a sustainable and growing community. That is until the never expected, once-in-a-lifetime storm causes havoc among residents and tourists. It is up to Maya Morton, a proud and stubborn donkey and the newly appointed economic developer, to rescue her community and guide them to recovery. This fable illustrates that there is nothing more powerful than a community working together to prepare for a disaster before it happens.
Inland NW Farmers Markets Help Grow Community, Economies, and Culture

Farmers markets act as an important "third place" or gathering space in our communities. These places can cultivate a different kind of connection among residents, welcoming people and providing space for neighbors and friends to meet one another. Read more in the INP Blog.

Athol: Athol Farmers Market
Bonners Ferry: Bonners Ferry Farmers Market
Coeur d'Alene: Wednesday Market  
Fresh bagels at Silver Valley Community Market

Inland Northwest Economic Developments, 3rd Qtr 2019

The following projects, initiatives and economic developments are making news in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This release is distributed by the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance on behalf of its regional partners.
MOSCOW, Idaho - Emsi  announced plans for a new 70,000-square-foot, 500-employee headquarters in Moscow. Emsi currently employs more than 200 people with 160 of them in Moscow. The new headquarters will allow the company to continue growing its team of software developers, engineers, data scientists, economists, sales representatives and others.  The full article can be viewed at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - For the second year in a row, Kootenai County's largest employer was named a Gallup Great Workplace, recognizing Kootenai Health as one of the most engaged and productive workforces in the world. See the full article here.
TDS Metrocom, a high-speed internet service provider, announced it will be expanding to Kootenai County over the next three years, bringing gigabit-speed internet to commercial and residential customers. The full article is at the Coeur d'Alene Press .
Hayden Idaho's StanCraft Boat Co. is expanding from manufacturing watercraft to offering aviation services with the addition of a $15 million StanCraft Jet Center at Coeur d'Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field. See the Spokane Journal of Business for more info.
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington Legislature in May approved an infrastructure budget that included $1.63 million for extension of water and sewer lines at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. See more information here .
SANDPOINT, Idaho - Quest Aircraft Company, which builds the Kodiak 100 aircraft, is being been acquired by Daher, a global aircraft manufacturer and service equipment supplier. This acquisition will achieve a major milestone in the growth of Daher's North American operations. See the full release here .
CHEWELAH, Wash. - The City of Chewelah has been designated a certified Creative District by the Washington State Arts Commission.   "We are looking forward to utilizing the designation as a catalyst for Chewelah to become a "beacon" for artisans, entrepreneurs, tourism, and continued economic growth," said Mike Bentz of the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce.
SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho - Block grants amounting to $1.5 million have been awarded to help with infrastructure and emergency services upgrades in the Cities of Kellogg, Osburn and Mullan.  Contact Silver Valley EDC for more information.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based McKinstry Co. LLC, a construction and energy-efficiency contractor, is expanding and expects to double activity at its Spokane-area operations by 2025, says Dale Silha, the Spokane-based regional vice president.  More information is available here.
WEST PLAINS, Wash. - Recent development in the West Plains shows just under $500 million in new and ongoing construction occurring in the area. The biggest project is the Amazon Fulfillment Center, with a construction value of $181 million. In addition, California-based Mullen Technologies Inc., has  signed a letter of intent to develop its new Qiantu K50 electric sportscar there; Selkirk Pharma Inc. plans to build a new, roughly $30 million manufacturing facility in Pacific Northwest Technology Park north of the Spokane International Airport; and,  Salt Lake City-based Kenworth Sales Co., a commercial truck sale and service company, plans to build a 60,000-square-foot facility south of the Spokane International Airport at a cost of $15 million. Contact the West Plains Chamber for more information.
OROFINO, Idaho -The city of Orofino secured a $300,000 Idaho Community Development and Rural Community block grant to expand its business park. The expansion will allow SJX Jet Boats to double the size of its facility and remodel its existing space at the Orofino Business Park on U.S. Highway 12. See the Lewiston Tribune for the full article.
CLARKSTON, Wash. -The Washington Legislature approved $923,000 for the second phase of renovations at the Asotin County Library and $1.75 million for a student activity center at the Clarkston campus of Walla Walla Community College. The full article is available here.
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Governor Brad Little signed an executive order establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho. Governor Little directed the task force to come up with recommendations by November on ways the state can assist in furthering Idaho's connectivity and speeds. For more information about broadband in Idaho, contact
ADDY, Wash. - Western Magnesium Corp., a British Columbia, Canada-based producer of magnesium metal, has announced it is exploring the purchase of a former smelter site in Stevens County. The site, formerly the Northwest Alloys Inc. magnesium smelter, is located about 60 miles north of Spokane.  Contact the  Tri County Economic Development District for more information.
Inland Northwest Economic Alliance (INEA) is a consortium of fourteen economic development agencies representing fifteen counties in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region. The collaborative effort is aimed at building economic growth through enhancing the brand recognition of the Inland Northwest and its communities and showcasing its business value.  To learn more, visit

Economic Tools and Resources

Spokane Community Indicators Initiative
A broad spectrum of information to support informed decision-making by individual community members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, business organizations, researchers and the press. 
I daho Association of Cities
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Economic Development Association
Idaho Small Business Development Council

International Economic Development Council
Washington Association of Cities
Washington Association of Counties
Washington Department of Commerce
Washington Economic Development Association
Washington Small Business Development Council