Discover the latest news from the Inland Northwest Partners in this edition of our Newsletter
INP Spring Meeting:
2020 Regional Economic Forecast
March 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
(Continental breakfast @ 8:30 a.m.)

CenterPlace Event Center
2426 N Discovery Place  
Spokane Valley, WA  99216

Join us for the 2020 Regional Economic Forecast,  featuring morning keynote speaker 
Rob Curley, Editor of the The Spokesman-Review and luncheon keynote speaker
John Mitchell, Principal of M&H Economic Consultants.  Continental breakfast and early morning networking begins at 8:30 a.m.     $40 for INP members; $60 for non-members.  

Thank you to our 2020 Spring Meeting Sponsor!

Inland Northwest Partner Investors
INP would like to thank these progressive companies for their commitment to economic development throughout the region:
For more information about becoming an INP Investor, log on to or contact us at .  

REGISTER NOW!  April 22 & 23, 2020 at Davenport Hotels, Spokane WA
* Guest speaker, Dan Janka, the President of Mazak North America
* Presentations from industry experts on latest supply chain trends
* Topics covered include workforce, cybersecurity, and B2B meetings
* Expo filled with 40+ aerospace suppliers and service providers
* One-on-one B2B meetings with major OEM's, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers    

Upcoming Events/Conferences
Washington Economic Development Association 2020 Winter Conference
February 5-6, 2020   
Olympia, WA 
Inland Northwest Partners Spring Meeting: 2020 Regional Economic Forecast
March 24, 2020
Spokane Valley, WA 
i90 Aerospace Corridor and Expo
April 22-23 , 2020  
Spokane, WA 
Idaho Economic Development Association Spring Conference
April 20-22, 20120  
Ketchum, ID 
Opportunity Zones =
Investments in low-income urban & rural communities
An Opportunity Zone is a community nominated by the state and certified by the Treasury Department as qualifying for this program. See which communities are certified by looking at this interactive map. 

For specific information on Opportunity Zones in Idaho, click here.
For specific information on Opportunity Zones in Washington, click here.

Inland Northwest Economic Developments, 4th 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.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 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. Construction on the new 85,000-square-foot FBO began in August east of Empire Aerospace, and the project is expected to be completed by May 2020. Contact Robb Bloem , StanCraft President, for more information.
Dauntless Air, an aerial firefighting company, relocated its aircraft maintenance operations to the Coeur d'Alene airport this year. Dauntless protects people, land and property from the devastation of wildfires through advanced aerial fire suppression tactics in Minnesota, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, North Carolina, California and Oregon. Learn more at .
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's Cosmic Crisp apple hit the fruit stands on December 1, a project over 20 years in the making. Cosmic Crisp was developed specifically for Washington's climate and growing conditions. Washington apple growers will have exclusive rights to the Cosmic Crisp for 10 years. Washington produces 65-75 percent of the nation's apples, yet this is the first variety that originated from the state. Contact Proprietary Variety Management for more information.
HAYDEN, Idaho - Hayden-based roller coaster manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), continues its Six Flags success with the innovative Jersey Devil Coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure  in Jackson, New Jersey.  RMC has grown to 115 full-time emplo yees and 5 manufacturing facilities, totaling more than 75,000 square feet. See USA Today's article for more.
DAVENPORT, Wash. - Washington Department of Commerce, USDA, and Washington State University Medical School hosted a daylong workshop in Lincoln County recently to address the broadband law approved this year by Washington state lawmakers. A new statewide broadband office will approve and distribute grant and loan funds to local governments, tribes, public, private and nonprofit entities working together to expand broadband.  Contact Washington State Broadband for more information.
ST. MARIES, Idaho - City officials and housing developer Troy Lozano are projecting construction of new homes in Ragan's Addition to begin in early 2020. Lozano purchased 21 lots in the addition and plans to partner with Julian Construction to build single family homes. Updates can be found at
OTHELLO, Wash - McCain Foods broke ground on a 170,000-square-foot expansion, a project that will cost $300 million and is scheduled for competition in 2021.  Adams County officials are working with McCain Foods and the state to develop a recruitment process and support. Email Adams County Economic Development Council for more i nfo.
MOSCOW, Idaho - Northwest River Supplies (NRS) began operations from its new facility on South Blaine Street on November 5, 2019. The 155,000-square-foot building includes a warehouse, customer service center, corporate offices and a 3,500-square-foot NRS flagship retail store. The $13.5 million project received a tax break from Latah County that exempts 75 percent of the increase in the site's value from property taxes for five years, ending in 2023. Read more here .
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Two Inland Northwest businesses were recognized through the Washington Secretary of State's Corporations for Communities Award Program. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, of Pullman, was recognized for donating and raising funds for local charities and providing money for employees to donate to the charity of their choice. Bunyard Automotive, of Colfax, was honored for repairing vehicles at little to no cost for families in need. Both businesses were awarded for their efforts in their communities. The full press release is here .
OSBURN, Idaho - The city dedicated the newly completed Shoshone Fire District #1 facility, which was awarded a $500,000.00 block grant earlier this year. The new 10,000-square-foot facility is a significant fire, training, and emergency services upgrade for the region. Contact Silver Valley EDC for more information.
LEWISTON, Idaho - With a start-up $839,809 grant from the National Science Foundation, the Northwest Intermountain Manufacturing (NIMA) Association, has created a pilot project to train high school students in fabrication and machining. The first group of students will complete the program in 2020. See Idaho Department of Labor article here .

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - In response to a gap in the city's flex office market, Liberty Lake Coworking LLC will open Jan. 2 at 23505 E. Appleway. The 4,600-square-foot space will have 11 private offices, six semi-private spaces, and open table space. More details can be found here.   

POST FALLS, Idaho - Construction on Idaho's fourth state veterans' home is expected to start next year. The 82,000 square foot project is to be built in Riverbend Commerce Park in Post Falls and will have 64 beds. Read the full article here.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Toolbox manufacturing incubator expanded to 17,000 square feet in a recent move to Logan Neighborhood. The Toolbox conti nues to serve as collaborative space where established companies and business mentors share expertise, ideas, tools, and equipment with manufacturing startup and entrepreneurs. Read full article here .
Washington Department of Commerce announces Thrive!, a new state program that helps second-stages businesses to increase revenue, streamline operations, and expand into new markets. Contact Susan Joseph Nielsen for more information about Thrive!
POST FALLS, Idaho - Northwest Specialty Hospital completed a $4.5 million addition to include an Endoscopy Center and two additional operating rooms. The 15,000-square-foot addition brings to eight the number of operating rooms for patient surgery. See company news release 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

Karen Hanan, Executive Director, Washington State Arts Commission; Margaret Hunt, Director , Colorado Creative Industries; and, Blair Williams, Commissioner, Idaho Commission on the Arts at Fall INP Meeting in Hayden, Idaho.    
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