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The Arc of Spokane opens Spokane's largest thrift store

The Arc of Spokane opened its own retail thrift store today at 808 North Ruby in the former Comp USA building. The new thrift store will be the largest in Spokane offering 20,000 square feet of retail shopping space and will be open 7 days a week. In the past, donations of goods to the agency were sold to a local thrift store chain. Having their own thrift store will allow The Arc of Spokane to get more value from the goods people donate to support important programs for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

University District Bridge project needs your input

The City is seeking input on the proposed University District Bridge and will host an Open House to provide a progress update, answer questions and take input. Tomorrow, December 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at WSU Spokane South Campus Facility, Room 100, 412 E Spokane Falls Boulevard.

The University District is an emerging area east of Division targeted for new and re-development growth. The vision is to see the southern area of the district developed into a vibrant mixed-use area. It would provide housing and services for the college campuses to the north and for the Medical District on its southern border.

The BSNF railroad bisects the University District and separates the southern commercial and multi-use area from the northern institutional area breaking up the connectivity between the two. The University District Bridge is a critical missing link for this developing corridor.

For more information on the project, visit universitydistrictbridge.com or visit the City blog at tinyurl.com/okvmfu6.

Cassidy Lange returns to Design Source

Design Source welcomes Cassidy Lange back to their design team. Cassidy rejoins the firm following a one year adventure in Seattle working as a project designer at Callison. With her 4 years of interior design experience she will continue to focus on corporate and educational projects.

To learn more about Design Source go to their website design-source-inc.com.

Blessings Under the Bridge Hosting Annual Winter Event

Blessings Under the Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides food and other services to those in need, will be hosting their Annual Winter Event December 14th from 12-2:30pm under the freeway in Downtown Spokane on McLellan between 3rd and 4th, next to the skate park. Over 200 volunteers will provide brunch, hot drinks, treats, clothing, winter gear, haircuts, music and more to between 700 and 1,000 of the homeless and less fortunate throughout Spokane. From 12-2:30pm, the candy-cane themed event will feature appearances by Miss Washington Allyson Rowe and the Lilac Princesses, and will aim to bring blessings to all those who need assistance.

Blessings Under the Bridge currently feeds close to 250 men, women and children every Wednesday under the freeway bridge in Spokane. For more information, contact: Mike & Jessica Kovak by phone: 509-869-6584 or email: blessingsunderthebridge@gmail.com.

Amy Jo Van Lierop joins Vickerman and Driscoll

Amy Jo Van Lierop joined Vickerman and Driscoll Financial Advisors as a Client Relationship Manager (CRM). Amy Jo is a CPA who spent six years with the regional CPA firm of McFarland & Alton in Spokane before working the last fifteen years for Providence.

Triple L Talent to become Mitchell Artist Management

Beginning in 2014 Anne Lillian Mitchell is rebranding her Triple L Talent agency to Mitchell Artist Management. She is refocusing to a smaller talent pool, that gives them more time for hands on participation with clients, and will be the only company of this type within the region, focused not only on bookings, but Actors as a whole including their goals for their career and assistance in transition to bigger markets if interested.

For anyone interested in joining MAM (Mitchell Artist Management) they can email a resume and headshot to Anne@WeAreMAM.com. They are looking for talent who are interested in aggressively pursuing opportunities.

The phone numbers are 509-720-8312 - Office, 208-818-1912 - Direct, 424-235-8312 - Voice Line and the current website is www.TripleLTalent.com.

Spokane Business & Industrial Park adds four new tenants

Four newest tenants have moved into the Spokane Business & Industrial Park: Allwest Testing & Engineering, CBC Moving, Inc., Ritchie Trucking Service, Inc. and Wolf Home Operations, Inc.

STCU's chief financial officer now chief lending officer

Bill Before, chief financial officer at STCU, now is also the credit union's chief lending officer. Before came to work at STCU in 1989, when the credit union had fewer than 30,000 members. As CFO, he is part of a management team that has since seen STCU rise to more than 118,000 members and become the third-largest credit union in Washington. The Credit Union Executive Society included Before on its 2009 'Rising 100' list of the next generation of credit union leaders.

Tom Johnson, STCU president and CEO, announced Friday that Before would be adding chief lending officer to his title. In that role, he will oversee all consumer, commercial and real estate lending for a credit union that has become one of the largest mortgage and home equity lenders in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

At the same time, Before will continue in his role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), overseeing the accounting, finance and compliance functions of the credit union.

Before holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montana. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, a two-year program operating in partnership with the University of Washington Graduate School of Business.

In his new role as chief lending officer, Before replaces Scott Adkins, former STCU vice president of lending. Adkins recently accepted the position of president/chief executive officer of Seattle-based School Employees Credit Union of Washington.

Divers West opens Spokane location

Divers West located at 1308 E. Best Avenue in Coeur d'Alene is opening a 2nd location: Divers West Spokane at 116 E. Wellesley Spokane, across from Northtown Mall. The phone number is 509-464-6969 and the website is www.diverswest.biz.

HSSA Awards $1.965 Million to WSU College of Pharmacy

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has awarded its single largest grant to date for $1.965 million to the WSU Spokane College of Pharmacy. The grant will match WSU start-up recruitment packages for three research-active faculty and complete the build-out of core research laboratory infrastructure for the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the Spokane campus.

"We are quite pleased to announce this significant grant to WSU to continue to bring highly qualified researchers to Spokane and complete the research laboratory equipment needs of the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building," said Nancy Isserlis, HSSA Board Chair. "HSSA's role is to help grow the public and private health sciences research capacity that is so important to diversifying and growing our regional economy," she said.

Under HSSA RFP #5, Invest in Human Capital to Accelerate Spokane's Health Sciences Research Capacity, HSSA requires that the researchers bring current grant funding to Spokane in their new assignments, and that they spend 75 percent of their time conducting research. Individual project budgets may total up to $500,000 per year for two years and are open to research-intensive academic institutions with active health sciences research programs.

In 2011, HSSA granted WSU Spokane approximately $1.4 million for two impressive research hires and core laboratory equipment that brings HSSA's total commitment to WSU to nearly $3.4 million. The two researchers HSSA helped fund in 2011, Dr. Phil Lazarus and Dr. Mike Gibson, have already provided in the aggregate a 14 to 1 return on the initial HSSA investment to date in extramural funding brought to Spokane along with increased numbers of employees.

Spokane City Street Dept selling Walk-Don't Walk signs

Looking for unique Christmas ideas? The City of Spokane has approximately 150 surplus pedestrian heads that are being offered for sale. These are the old Walk / Don't Walk heads that have been replaced with new 'international style' countdown models. They are being sold 'as is' on a first come, first serve basis.

Tremendous interest from the public occurred a few years ago when the City sold the old signal heads and parking meters. Cost is $40 each with sales tax already included. Payment must be made by check (with driver's license) or cash in exact amount. They can be purchased at the City of Spokane Street Department.

CdA Casino executive chef Adam Hegsted to open two new restaurants

Adam Hegsted, the executive chef of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, has announced he is opening two new restaurants in Spokane, next door to each other at Kendall Yards.

One will be called Yards Bruncheon, which will open in February serving brunch seven days a week. The other named The Wandering Table, serving American-style tapas made with wood-fired grills and ovens, will open in April.

Give the gift of Spokane Indians Baseball

A great gift idea comes from the Spokane Indians. For $99, you will receive $40 Spokane Indians Team Store Certificate, 4 reserved bench seats to 3 fireworks nights, including opening night. Game dates are June 13, July 19, Aug 8. Ticket packages and group outings for the 2014 season are on sale now. Visit www.milb.com/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t486, or call the Avista Stadium ticket office at 509-343-OTTO (6886).

The Spokane Indians open the 2014 regular season Friday, June 13 at Avista Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds.

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