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New Alliance supports legal action on two Spokane city ballot initiatives

Concerned that two initiatives headed for November's ballot are illegal, members of a newly formed community advocacy group announced their support for 15 petitioners and Spokane County Commissioners in filing a complaint today with the Spokane County Superior Court.

The Alliance for a Competitive Economy, a broad-based coalition of civic and business leaders, is supporting those seeking legal clarity on Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights, Initiative No. 2012-3, and Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution's (SMAC) Voter Bill of Rights, Initiative No. 2012-4.

The petitioners of the lawsuit are joining with Spokane County Commissioners in asking the court to rule on whether both initiatives represent an abuse of the initiative process.

Alliance members believe that the initiatives that Envision and SMAC have put forward would have significant and negative consequences, including taking away Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights from businesses, nonprofits and individuals.

"As a Spokane resident and business owner, I am extremely concerned about what these two initiatives mean for the future of the city and the Inland Northwest. Recent rulings on similar initiatives by Washington Courts declared them illegal in those communities," said Michael Senske, President and CEO of Pearson Packaging.

Last year two Washington courts agreed that an initiative submitted in the City of Bellingham, which was similar to the current Envision proposal for Spokane, constituted an abuse of the initiative process under state law.

"We are a public policy organization. We advocate on behalf of our community," said Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. "These initiatives will stifle the voice of business, education and nonprofit organizations. They take away the freedom of people who work in both the nonprofit and for-profit communities to speak about the issues that impact their organizations and their future. They are a big detriment to a strong civic and business climate."

For more information go to allianceforacometptiveecnomy.com


ALSC Architects launches new website.

ALSC recently unveiled their new website which has a fresh new look that highlights many of their many architectural projects on a larger scale along with additional information on who they are and what they do. Go to alscarchitects.com.

Lyndsey Henry Joins River Park Square as Social Media & Events Manager



River Park Square has hired Lyndsey Henry as the Social Media and Events Manager. She will be responsible for the day-to-day strategy and management of social media and implementation of sales promotions and special events. Henry brings many relationships and contacts to the position through her previous work experience and education. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006 with her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. After graduating, Henry worked locally in the marketing, sales and retail fields.


Kootenai Medical Center becomes Kootenai Health



Last week, Kootenai Health formally introduced the organization's new regional vision and clinical structure – all under a new organizational logo. It is an important step toward Kootenai Health's vision to become the premier regional medical referral center for northern Idaho by 2020.

With the announcement, Kootenai Health will officially become the name of the hospital, formerly Kootenai Medical Center. The announcement this week also includes a new organizational name and structure for Kootenai's 77 employed physicians and their practices. Under the new structure, Kootenai Clinic will become the umbrella name for all Kootenai Health's employed physician practices.

Moving all the clinics under one name is designed to create a closer working relationship between the physicians, a model described as a medical home model of care. Kootenai Clinic is already working with its primary care physicians to begin development of the medical home model.

The new logo, Kootenai Health's "spark" was designed by BHW1 to visually represent Kootenai's vision of reaching out to others and bringing everyone together for the benefit of patients. Visually, the spark incorporates Kootenai's signature blue with the addition of fresh greens to represent healing and growth. Aesthetically, the linking pieces symbolize the connecting of multiple service lines within Kootenai Health to create a unified whole.

To view a short video about the development of Kootenai Health's new logo, visit kootenaihealth.org/spark.

Josh Wade's Nectar Media offers Go Social Summer School Series

Take your online marketing to the next level with Josh Wade and nectarMEDIA's Go Social Summer School Series. Upcoming classes will give the real world best practices on deepening existing customer relationships while wining new business online. "Nearly all searches for businesses begin online now," says owner Josh Wade. "Knowing how to engage people where they are is more critical now more than ever."

The following classes are offered at affordable rates.
7/16 (Noon-1pm) $25 - Blogging for Better Business
7/18 (9am -1pm) $39.95 - Go Social Summer School 101
7/23 (Noon-1pm) $25 - Advanced Facebook Class
8/8 (9am-1pm) $39.95 - Go Social Summer School 201


See all the class descriptions and register at http://nectarmedia.mycustomevent.com. Call 509-869-1572 for more information.


No-Li beers now selling in Portland



Spokane's award-winning beers from No-Li Brewhouse are now in Portland, Oregon. In partnership with General Distributing of Portland, their local distributor, No-Li had five draft kick-off events at high-profile beer accounts in Portland last week.

Taking the craft beer world by storm in it's freshman year, No-Li won a barrel-full of international awards; included is a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for Crystal Bitter ESB, gold & silver medals at the 2012 Japan International Beer Competition, two silver medals at the 2012 Brussels International Beer Competition, and a bronze medal at the 2012 European Beer Star Competition. 

No-Li ended 2012 impressively, earning accolades as a top brewery to watch in 2013 by Draft Magazine, Best of the Northwest by the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Crystal Bitter was named one of 21 top U.S. Beers of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Get more information at nolibrewhouse.com


Independent Wealth Connections hires Toni Nersesian as Marketing Director

Toni Nersesian has been hired as Marketing Director for Independent Wealth Connections. Nersesian brings three decades of non-profit experience and community involvement throughout the Spokane region to Independent Wealth Connections. She oversees educational seminars ranging from retirement planning to weathering the market and understanding social security benefits.

Nersesian has led several area non-profit organizations to success in her roles of marketing director, development director and executive director. Her experience in the marketing field ranges from shopping centers to art and fashion shows, sporting events plus youth and senior organizations. Her ability to identify potential partners has resulted in collaborations with municipalities, non-profit organizations and community volunteers to benefit the Spokane community.


Dedication of new Snow Removal Equipment Bldg at SIA this week

It is supposed to be 91 degrees on Wednesday, but winter will be one's mind at the airport. A dedication ceremony of the Snow Removal Equipment Building at Spokane International Airport at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 17.

DeeLyn Purdy hired as branch manager of Numerica's Kennewick Branch



DeeLyn Purdy recently joined Numerica Credit Union's Kennewick branch as the branch manager. Purdy has 20 years of experience in the banking and financial industry, holding a multitude of positions; most recently as a financial advisor. She has earned her Series 6 limited-investment securities, Series 7 general securities representative and Series 66 uniform combined state law licenses to sell securities and insurance.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 90,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the state of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

U.S. Bancorp celebrates 150th anniversary


U.S. Bancorp Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davis and Chief Financial Officer Andy Cecere took the stage at the NYSE last Friday at 4 p.m. ET to ring the closing bell. Joining them were 10 employees from across the bank, including two of the bank's longest-serving staffers, four employees who serve in the military and four other employees who were chosen as winners of bank contests commemorating the 150th anniversary. 

U.S. Bank's national charter, which is based in Cincinnati, was signed during Abraham Lincoln's presidency 150 years ago on July 13, 1863, while the Civil War raged across the Ohio River. Since then, U.S. Bank has not only survived, but thrived. Today, U.S. Bancorp is the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. US Bank has more than 30 branches in the Spokane area. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

Bonnie Tapscott joins hibu

Spokane advertising veteran Bonnie Tapscott has joined hibu as a Client Services Representative. Hibu, the 4th largest premier partner of Google and Microsoft and publishers of Yellowbook, has been in the visibility business since 1930, first as the original yellow pages publisher and now as representative of over 20 marketing products and services in both print and digital formats. South Hill and Coeur d'Alene hyper-local magazines, Advantage Website Packages, Search Engine Marketing and Target-Rich Direct Mail are just a few of the products/services Bonnie will bring to the Spokane and Kootenai County areas.

Bonnie spent most of her professional advertising career in the outdoor advertising industry with Lamar, Emerald and Sun Outdoor Advertising companies. She's very community active- on both the West Central Community Center and Our Place Community Ministries boards and is very excited about bringing her wealth of advertising-marketing knowledge and expertise now with hibu, on the wave of where advertising is going.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." Ralph Marston, writer and publisher of The Daily Motivator

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