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Gonzaga Trustees approve $60 million University Center

Gonzaga University, nearing the conclusion of its 125th anniversary celebration, has formally approved plans to build a new University Center. Construction on the 167,726-square-foot, three-story facility is scheduled to begin this July.

The new Center, currently in the final design phase, will be built on the site of the existing COG and its adjacent parking lot, and is expected to be complete summer 2015. The COG – an acronym derived from the original (contrived) Latin name of the building, "Circulus Omnium Gonzagaorum," or "Center of Gonzaga" – has served as Gonzaga's primary student center for nearly 60 years.

The total cost is estimated at $60 million, making it the largest-value construction project in Gonzaga's history and one of the largest in the City of Spokane in the last decade. The University's goal is to fund the project through private contributions and fundraising efforts, which are expected to continue through 2015. Gonzaga's Board of Trustees formally approved the proposal in April.

Hoffman Construction, based in Portland, Ore., is the general contractor. Opsis Architecture, of Portland, is the lead design firm along with Bernardo-Wills Architects of Spokane. An estimated 1,000 local jobs will be added for on-site labor as well as approximately 500 regional jobs for off-site fabrication and administration.

The planned facility includes a two-level residential dining experience and several retail dining locations, as well as the new home of University Ministry, the Center for Global Engagement, and an 800-plus seat multipurpose ballroom. Some event facilities have been designed with community use in mind.

The facility will also house the new Center for Experiential Leadership, offices for student government, and a center to support the University's 100-plus student clubs and organizations. New headquarters for the Center for Community Action and Service Learning, Unity Multicultural Education Center, and space for non-traditional and Veteran student populations are also planned.

Plans are to demolish the COG this July. The 650-stall parking garage within the new Boone Avenue Retail Center (BARC), on the corner of Boone and Hamilton, is expected to incrementally open for use starting in mid-May. Student dining services will relocate to the BARC in mid-June until construction of the University Center is complete. The Zag Shop (campus bookstore) will permanently relocate to a 16,000-square-foot, ground-level space inside the BARC.

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber to celebrate Entrepreneurs

On May17 from 6:30-8:30am the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Business Connections Breakfast at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in honor of the Spokane Valley Chamber Foundation. This year's speaker will be Steve Kraft who is a business owner of Froyo Earth who will be talking about "Growth: Learn &Keep Working on Your Plan". His experience and credibility with 6 successful frozen yogurt restaurants under his belt will provide excellent learning techniques and tools for entrepreneurs.

This event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members (this includes breakfast). Members can also reserve an exhibit table to get the word out about your product or service for $100. Register at spokanevalleychamber.org.

Doug Sasse joins Impreszzio

Imprezzio Inc. recently hired Doug Sasse as Customer Support Manager. Doug started working in the help desk industry in 1998 after retiring from a 20+ year career in the U.S. Navy. Doug comes to Imprezzio from tekservePOS, where he began serving as Help Desk Manager in 2008.

Sports Authority to open in Coeur d'Alene

Sports Authority, one of the nation's largest full-line sporting goods retailers, announces the grand opening of its newest location in Coeur d'Alene, offering brands, such as Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, The North Face, TaylorMade and more.

The new 44,000 square-foot Coeur d'Alene store, located at 200 W. Hanley Avenue, will feature an intuitive new format, making it easier for customers to find exactly what they need. With specialty sport shops and a spacious new layout, the store has been designed specifically to enhance the shopping experience.

The first 250 customers this Saturday, May 18, will be awarded with Sports Authority Scratch and Win "Mystery Bucks" that range from $5 to $500 in value, plus they will conduct hourly $100 gift card drawings from 9AM – 6PM. Enter for a chance to win a $500 Sports Authority shopping spree (entry period runs May 18 – May 25).

There will also be an appearance by Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate on Saturday afternoon, from 1 – 2:30PM.

For more information go to the Grand Opening page. The phone number is 208-762-5194.

Red Lion Hotels honors service with Military Appreciation Project May 15

Red Lion Hotels Corporation will bring 125 general managers and franchise hotel owners to Spokane for its annual Brand Convention, May 14-16. As part of the conference, organizers have created a community service project to honor the military and Red Lion employees' families and friends. Attendees will assemble 200 care packages to be sent oversees to our military. The iCare iCan project was designed to reflect the theme of the conference, The Magic of Service.

In partnership with The White Elephant, Costco and Chaffin Dental Care, dozens of requested necessities and fun items will be packed by the general managers and owners for the troops along with personal notes written by Red Lion associates and their families and friends. In advance of the conference, attending executives from 51 Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn &Suites gathered addresses from team members who are active duty or family of staff who are serving.

Informational Seminar on Social Security

Independent Wealth Connections announces this month's educational seminar on Social Security. This seminar will explore the facts on Social Security benefits and taxation and explore ways to structure a portfolio that helps you keep as much of your benefits as possible. The workshop will be held at the Independent Wealth Connections office at 2610 N. Pines Road in Spokane Valley this Wednesday, May 15th. The 11:30am – 1:00pm seminar is full; a second presentation from 4:30pm – 6:00pm has been opened.

The guest speaker will be Stephanie Farrar, Regional Wholesaler, Principal Financial Group. This seminar is sponsored and financially supported by Principal Financial.This is a free event and complimentary refreshments will be served. Contact Nicole Thomas or Toni Nersesian at 509-931-1088 or 877-397-7688 to reserve your seat. The website is www.independentwealthconnections.com

Spokane International Airport Master Plan Open House

Spokane International Airport (GEG) welcomes all interested members of the community to attend a Master Plan Open House. This will be the final public opportunity to review and provide comments on the draft 20-Year Master Plan before adoption.

To best serve the region, a series of three dates and locations will be offered:

May 14, 2013: DoubleTree Hotel, downtown Spokane

May 15, 2013: Mirabeau Park Hotel, Spokane Valley

May 16, 2013: Pence Union Building on the EWU Campus

All three events are scheduled from 4 pm-7 pm. The open houses are drop-in events. Airport executives and members of the project team will be available to answer questions and receive public comment.

The Master Plan will guide decisions about airside, landside and terminal projects at the Airport for the next 20 years. Public participation and input is encouraged at these events prior to adoption of the Airport Master Plan.

Festival of Speed June 1 and 2 to benefit Parkinson's

June 1st &2nd the Spokane Festival of Speed (spokanefestivalofspeed.com) will present the Porsche of Spokane Historic Races, a fun-filled weekend of vintage road racing at Spokane County Raceway benefiting the Inland Northwest HOPE for Parkinson's Conference (IN HOPE) scheduled for September in Spokane. (NWPF.org)

This year, the Spokane Festival of Speed expects well over 100 of the finest vintage road racing cars from around the U.S., competing in five classes, to attend its Porsche of Spokane Historic Races. As part of more than three days of racing and support activities, this year's Festival will celebrate open-wheel racing and will feature many of the most famous open-wheel racing cars built by renowned manufacturers from around the world.

To help the Festival realize its goal of underwriting the costs of the 2013 IN HOPE Conference and raise awareness of its tremendous benefits to the Parkinson's community, internationally celebrated road racing champion Tony Adamowicz (a2zracer.com) will be the Festival's Guest Celebrity Driver. Tony has an amazing history of worldwide road racing accomplishments and championships, driving everything from Porsches to Indy Cars. Tony is scheduled to compete in a rare Porsche owned by Spokane vintage racer, Bill Simer.

Also highlighting this year's Festival will be internationally famed vintage and historic race driver and car owner, Peter Giddings (petergiddingsracing.com). Coming from San Francisco to support the Parkinson's IN HOPE Conference and share in the Festival's celebration of open-wheel racing, Peter will compete in his fantastic and ultra-rare 1935 Alfa Romeo Formula One race car. Seeing Peter apply his considerable driving skills on SCR's challenging road course in this legendary car will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In only its third year, the Spokane Festival of Speed is quickly gaining momentum and recognition in the vintage racing community as the place to be for a fun weekend of vintage racing and for its tremendous fund raising efforts on behalf of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and the IN HOPE Conference.

The Spokane Festival of Speed is a non-profit organization of area road racing enthusiasts working with race-sanctioning body, SOVREN (Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts - sovren.org) and is dedicated to the support of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and its IN HOPE Conference by presenting top-tier vintage road racing events in Spokane.

For more information go to spokanefestivalofspeed.com

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