Thanks to clean-tech, high-tech and life-science innovators in the Inland Northwest, there’s a deliberate and experimental approach to business here. The Innovation Center at McKinstry Station is an urban laboratory in Spokane’s University District with a world-class infrastructure ripe to produce world-class products and services.
The 38,000-square-foot facility is designed to promote innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship with space for prototype development, demonstrations, and conferences and meetings that seat anywhere from six to 40 people. For those moments when a creative mind needs to kick -back, rev-up or just chill, the center has a complete gym, grassy lawn, outdoor deck and kayak access to the Spokane River.
Collaboration is key at the Innovation Center. Tenants are encouraged to tap into McKinstry’s business expertise and take the opportunity to learn from the company’s mentoring team and skilled tradespeople. The networking, collaboration and sharing of ideas found in the Innovation Center at McKinstry Station are beneficial to all companies, regardless of sector or scale.
Startup Spokane, a program of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization, is the Inland Northwest’s first stop for entrepreneurship programs, resources and information on what’s happening in the Spokane startup community. More information can be found at startupspokane.com.
Fairchild Air Force Base, located a little more than 10 miles from Spokane in the city of Airway Heights, opened in 1942. FAFB is the largest refueling base in the western US and is home to the Air Force survival school, which trains 16,000 each year. Fairchild is the largest employer in Eastern Washington, with 6,000 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard and additional military and civilian employees working there. The base makes up close to 15% of the local economy, with an economic impact of $1.3 billion each year.
Military personnel are a vital part of our community and their families live in every neighborhood, attend our schools, play on our sports teams, and support our region.
Agriculture is big in the Spokane region. The agriculture industry in Spokane County generates close to $600 million in annual economic impact and provides 1,472 jobs. We’re surrounded by large-scale operations, medium-sized growers and small organic farms – and many of them have been here for generations. Locally-grown fruit, vegetables and meats are abundant at farmer’s markets and are supplied directly to chefs in area restaurants.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 2012 Census of Agriculture, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Olympia