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Spokane Tribe Announces Letter of Intent for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Spokane Tribe of Indians today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent with HRHH IP, LLC to bring the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand to its proposed mixed-use entertainment development in Airway Heights. The Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) would invest $400 million into Spokane County and create 5,000 jobs. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the most iconic and widely recognizable names and brands worldwide. Displaying an extensive collection of rare rock-n-roll memorabilia, Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos are premier entertainment destinations.

"We're proud to be working with HRHH IP, LLC to bring energy and excitement to the West Plains," said Tribal Chairman Rudy Peone. "We believe a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino would offer a unique experience, providing entertainment, dining and retail for local residents and tourists."

The Tribe is confident that the experience for all of Spokane County will be just as positive as the impact of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, which opened in August 2014. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said: "Our relationship with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino property in Sioux City has been great for the community. The property has been an active part of the community and they understand the importance of investing back into the community."

On June 15 the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its approval of the Spokane Tribe's project. In his decision, Asst. Secretary Kevin Washburn determined that STEP "is in the best interest of the Tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding community." Washburn issued a letter asking Gov. Inslee to concur with the Interior Department and the final decision now rests with the Governor.

Avista Print Ads Named 'Best of Show' at Utility Communicators International

Avista recently earned the 'Best in Show' award in print advertising in the 2015 Better Communications Contest sponsored by Utility Communicators International (UCI). The award commended Avista's work in print advertising for the company's 125th anniversary, '125 Years and Counting.' Print advertising for the anniversary also garnered a gold award in the national competition.

Avista received additional awards in the competition:
Gold Award - Employee Communications Campaign '125 Years and Counting'
Silver Award - Complete Campaign '125 Years and Counting'
Silver Award - Special Publications - 'Hydro Cube'

Utility Communicators International provides a unique networking forum with members representing more than a hundred electricity, gas, water, and alternative source utilities in the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda. Incorporated more than 80 years ago, UCI is the oldest organization of its kind. Its prestigious Better Communications Competition is among the longest running awards programs for excellence in utility communications.

Spokane Names New Director of Asset Management

The city of Spokane has hired Ed Lukas as its new director of asset management. Lukas replaces Mike Werner, who left the city to become president of Spokane-based parking software company OmniPark. Lukas previously worked at Umqua Bank as a vice president of commercial relationships and as a special assets administrator.

SCORE Workshop - How to Start a New Business

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents a workshop on Everything You Need to Know to Start a New Business, this Wednesday, July 1, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Learn step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics that you need to address to successfully start a business. Presenter is Rob Rowley P.S., Attorney & Counselor At Law and entrepreneur.

Workshop will be held in the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. Cost is $$40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company. Each workshop requires a minimum of three registrants. If you are enrolling a day or two before the workshop is scheduled, or plan to enroll at the door, contact the SCORE office to find out if the minimum registration criteria has been met. Phone number is 509-353-2821.

Register at www.scorespokane.org.

Coffman Engineers Announces New RCDD Certification for Electrical Engineer

Aaron Hesse, an electrical engineer at Coffman Engineers' Spokane office, recently received his Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) certification, a credential demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the design, implementation, integration, and project management of telecommunications, audio-video systems, electronic surveillance and security systems. Hesse has worked in Coffman's electrical department for the past year, with three years of previous experience. His background in the commercial and industrial markets has included a variety of designs for complex information transport systems, technology infrastructure, and advanced building systems. He is the first person in the Spokane office to obtain this certification, allowing Coffman to better serve the local market.

More News from Coffman Engineers

Jon Gilrein and Steve Michael, staff members at Coffman Engineers' Spokane office, have received their Washington State Professional Engineering licenses. Gilrein has worked in Coffman's electrical department for three years providing electrical design for a variety of projects including wastewater lift stations, motor control centers, and crane rehabilitations.

Steve Michael has been with Coffman's structural department for two years, designing a variety of structures including pre-manufactured metal building foundations, tilt-up concrete wall buildings, and steel skids for gas pipelines.

K&L Gates Ranks as One of World's Leading Law Firms

K&L Gates has recently been ranked as one of the world's leading law firms in Law360's annual Global 20 survey. The survey recognizes law firms that demonstrated the largest global presence and handles significant international matters. K&L Gates has been named on this list for the last 4 years. K&L Gates has a Spokane office located at 618 W Riverside, Suite 300. To find out more, visit their website at www.klgates.com.

Spencer Goodall and Rock Lamb Join Trindera Engineering

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, announces two recent hires. Spencer Goodall joins Trindera as Project Engineer, and has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. Rock Lamb has been hired as Senior Project Engineer in the commercial department. He is a senior electrical designer and project manager with more than 30 years' experience in electrical engineering design.

Shaun Pitts Recognized with 2015 EMS Instructor Award

The Spokane County EMS Council has awarded Shaun Pitts with the Instructor Award for his service during 2014. Pitts works for Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) Health Training as the Lead EMT and AEMT Instructor. Pitts has been an employee of INHS since 2012 and teaches EMT, AEMT, CPR, GEMS, PEPP, OTEP and PHTLS courses both online and in person. This award is given to instructors who are dedicated to quality instruction and have made an outstanding contribution to EMS education.

For more information visit www.inhs.org.

The Spokane Business & Industrial Park Announces New Tenants

C&C North America, Inc. dba Cosentino North America has leased approximately 22,600 square feet of space in Building 27 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. Their primary business is marketing, sale, and distribution of natural and engineered stone.

Hoskin & Muir, Inc. dba HMI/Cardinal Shower Enclosures has leased approximately 13,340 square feet of space in Building 35 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. Their primary business is manufacturing and distributing shower enclosures.

Buoy Restaurant open at Lake Coeur d'Alene

When you're out on the water at Lake Coeur d'Alene, and you get hungry, give the Buoy a call. The Buoy Restaurant, a converted houseboat, is basically a food truck on the water, serving burgers, chicken sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, hot dogs, and more with soda, water and ice cream. Visit thebuoycda.com for more information.

ValPak Spokane-CdA Operation for Sale

Val Workman, 'Mr. Valpak' has announced he is seeking an ambitious entrepreneurial sales-driven individual to purchase the Spokane-CDA operation. Valpak has been operating since 1980 and local shoppers and businesses are very familiar with the blue envelope. In recent years, Valpak has become a leader in the digital media space with its Valpak.com suite of products and services including mobile apps, 'Pak-Trak', SEO and SEM web services. Valpak is a nationally certified SMB Google Adwords vendor. Valpak also owns Savings.com and Kudzu.com. In addition to printing coupons, Valpak also prints and mails flyers and circulars.

Owner financing is available. Interested parties should visit www.valpakfranchising.com or call Val Workman at 509-892-6334.

American Cancer Society Teams Up with Honorary Coaches to Fight Cancer

Three regional university basketball coaches are teaming up with American Cancer Society's (ACS) Coaches vs Cancer (CvC) to participate in the 2015 CvC Spokane fundraising events.

Eastern Washington University Coach Jim Hayford, Washington State University Coach Ernie Kent, and Gonzaga University Coach Lisa Fortier are the lead coaches. The fundraising for ACS's CvC Hope Classic event will begin on Wednesday, September 23. The coaches, surprise guests, and a limited number of golf teams will gather for a golf tournament at the Circling Raven CDA Casino Resort-Hotel-Spa. On Saturday, September 26, for Evening with Champions, the honorary coaches and participants will enjoy a silent and live auction, speaker and entertainment at the newly opened Davenport Grand Hotel.

For more information about the ACS's CvC Spokane fundraising events, contact Meg Demand, Development Manager, Distinguished Events at demand@cancer.org or 509-242-8281.

Spokane's Little Van Named Ace Turns One

Since the launch of Visit Spokane's little van, Ace, a year ago, it has proven to be an invaluable resource for visitors. The mobile visitor information center, operated by Melissa Skomer-Kafton, Visitor Engagement Specialist at Visit Spokane, has ventured throughout the region -- helping nearly 5,000 people with suggestions ranging from where to eat and what to see, to where you can pan for gold. Melissa and Ace have attended nearly 50 events since 2014 and have parked in populated spots across Spokane, ranging from the Spokane Valley Mall to the Medical Lake Waterfront.

Over the past year, Ace and Melissa have weathered 100-degree days, been to just about every park in the region and even required one jump start at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Ace can be found cruising all over Spokane.

Fatbeam Acquires Fiber Assets from Eman Networks in Spokane's Central Valley

Fatbeam, a competitive access provider, has announced an agreement with EMAN Networks to acquire 24.5 miles of metro fiber in the Spokane Valley. Fatbeam plans to connect EMAN's fiber assets to its existing fiber network to provide dark fiber services to Spokane's Central Valley School District. Fatbeam has entered into a long-term agreement with the Central Valley School District to deliver dark fiber services to its 24 school district facilities. With this addition, Fatbeam has 301 miles of fiber network connecting 23 markets in the Pacific Northwest.

As the Northwest's leading provider of dark fiber to rural and mid-sized communities, Fatbeam has made significant investments in the State of Washington. Fatbeam has constructed fiber networks in Centralia, Cowiche, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Moxee, Spokane, Sunnyside, Tacoma, Walla Walla and Yakima. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with the city of Pasco to build a high capacity fiber optic network and deliver dark fiber services to its 24 school district facilities.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." Albert Einstein

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