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Spokane Symphony names Executive Director

After a six month nation-wide search, the Spokane Symphony has named Jeff vom Saal its new Executive Director. The search included candidates from across the nation, and vom Saal rose to the top of a highly qualified applicant pool. The Symphony began an exhaustive search of qualified arts administrators following the departure of former Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse in July of 2015. A special board committee was formed comprised of members of the Board of Trustees, community representatives, orchestra musicians, staff and Music Director Eckart Preu to guide the search in conjunction with the Catherine French Group, an executive search agency. Jeff vom Saal was the unanimous choice of the search committee and was approved by a unanimous vote of the Symphony Board of Trustees.

vom Saal is currently the Executive Director of the Marin Symphony, a regional orchestra located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has held executive positions at the Marin Symphony (CA), Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA) and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (ND). vom Saal will begin his tenure as the Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony on May 1.

Inlander on Top 10 List

Editor & Publisher has named The Inlander as one of 2016's 10 Newspapers That Do It Right. The list features newspapers that have earned achievement in at least one area, carried out a successful innovation, employed cost-saving procedures, or developed programs that produced revenues or increased circulation.

Web.com Group job fair tomorrow

Web.com Group Inc. needs to fill multiple positions in its Spokane office. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the company helps small business with websites and other services. They are hosting a job fair from 3 to 7pm tomorrow, March 15, at its Spokane office, at 1425 N. Washington. For more information, call 509-329-5555.

SFCC graphic design students medal at American Advertising Federation Awards

Spokane Falls Community College students won big at the Inland Northwest ADDY Awards competition held on March 5 at the Davenport Grand Hotel. SFCC graphic design students captured 24 of the 34 awards given out to students.

Tyler Hawotte won a Gold ADDY and Best in Show for the student division. Gold awards also went to Terri Porter, Johnny Bruzas, Corri Skillingstad, Ashley Marlow, Christian Davenny, Suzanne Lindholm, Sophia Macdonald, Sarah Kleyn, Jeremy King and Ryan Green. Silver awards were claimed by Kristine Campos, Bryan Clark, Tyler Hawotte, Johnny Bruzas (three silver awards), Hailey Zwanzig, Terri Porter (two silver awards), Ashley Marlow, Christian Davenny, Trina Stout and Nate Lewis.

Additionally, three students won the 2016 Toni M. Robideaux scholarship. Aaron Green, Ashley Marlow and Jacquelyn Barnes were recognized for student achievement and excellence in advertising arts receiving $1,000 each. The Inland Northwest ADDY Awards Competition is the first level of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). More than 100 awards were handed out to the best advertising work in the Inland Northwest.

Learn more about SFCC graphic design at graphicdesign.spokanefalls.edu.

Social Media Boot Camp comes to Spokane

Josh Wade of nectarMEDIA built his brand through blogging, social networks, and online marketing. Josh now owns 4 businesses whose sole approach to marketing is building and nurturing his online community. Online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more are capturing your customers and clients attention. Join the 4 hour social media boot camp class and Josh will show you the tools and techniques needed to help build business online.

Social Media Boot Camp with nectarMEDIA is Wednesday April 13 from 8am - Noon and includes breakfast. The class is limited to the first 30 registrants and will only be offered once in 2016. Find out more information and order your tickets online at nectarmedia.co or call 509-869-1572.

Julyamsh finds a home at Kootenai County Fairgrounds

After two years of discussion, Julyamsh has a new home, the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d'Alene. The event will run at the fairgrounds Friday through Sunday, July 22-24.

Julyamsh is the largest outdoor powwow in the Pacific Northwest and among the largest in the nation, drawing dancers and drum groups from across the U.S. and Canada. As many as 800 dancers and 60 drum groups have taken part in Julyamsh, representing U.S. tribes and Canadian bands from across the continent. Julyamsh will bring scores of vendors, including food and beverage, arts and crafts, and memorabilia. Fairgrounds facilities include 83 acres of camping area, a spacious arena, staging areas and plenty of facilities for horses. Each Julyamsh session begins with a horse parade, horses and riders in full regalia.

For more information, visit www.CDACasino.com.

Bi-state partnership investing in Spokane River

A consortium of 20 organizations from both Washington and Idaho aims to implement 150,000 acres of conservation practices on the ground to protect clean water and benefit working lands. The Spokane Conservation District, along with partnering state and local organizations, secured $7.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The program directs funds towards conservation projects to help improve water quality, enhance soil health and support wildlife habitat. This is the second RCPP award in eastern Washington and northern Idaho since its inception in 2014.

The Spokane Conservation District has long been active in promoting the sustainable use of natural resources throughout eastern Washington and parts of northern Idaho. The RCPP award will greatly expand that role through the partnership of more than 20 other organizations including the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Tribes, multiple conservation districts from northern Idaho and Washington, along with State, County and local governmental agencies. Several non-profits and service organizations representing the entire Greater Spokane River Watershed in both states will also be part of the coalition.

Each partner organization will play a specific and crucial role in the implementation of the project which will include conservation of soil and water resources on over 150,000 acres of agricultural lands. The partners will be contributing matching funds with the cumulative match equaling $15.4 million available for this project.

The program is expected to be available for private landowners to enroll in innovative conservation programs in the fall of 2016. It is anticipated that more than 300 farm operators will become involved over a 5 year period.

For more program information, contact Walt Edelen at Walt-Edelen@sccd.org or Charlie-Peterson@sccd.org, or visit the website at www.SCCD.org

New life for the Sherwood Apartment building

Dave Black of NAI Black is renovating the historic 100 year old Sherwood Apartment building at at 301 W. Main Avenue (at Bernard). The Suki Yaki Inn restaurant, which is a long time tenant will remain open during the renovation.

Black says the building will keep its historic feel and ground floor commercial, upper floor apartment uses. There are currently two storefront spaces on the Main street side of the building.

Post Falls Cancer Center Grand Opening March 23

Summit Cancer Centers announces the Grand Opening celebration of its latest Cancer Center in Post Falls, ID. The Grand Opening celebration will take place at 1641 East Polston Avenue, Suite 102 on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30-8pm. The Grand Opening will include refreshments, a display of artwork by cancer patients, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Media tours will take place from 5-6pm. More than 200 physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and the public are expected to attend.

Kershaw's Chair Bracket Challenge Calling All Fans of March Madness

The 2nd Annual Kershaw's Chair Bracket Challenge is about to begin. This year's winner's prize will be a Safco Zenergy leather ball chair. To be eligible to win, participant must live/work in the Spokane area within the counties of Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Kootenai and Lincoln. No purchase necessary.

To join the group, click here or find Kershaw's on Facebook. Enter group password: kershaws. Fill out your bracket before first round of games begins on March 17. For more information, call Melissa at 509-456-6500.

Chris Mansfield Joins T-O Engineers Spokane Team

With over 30 years of experience, Chris Mansfield, PE, joins T-O Engineers' Spokane office. Mansfield's experience includes aviation and transportation as well as an extensive network in Spokane. Mansfield will serve as Project Manager on multiple projects at the Spokane Airport for T-O Engineers as well as serve as the lead Transportation Manager for the Spokane Office.

The Business Thought of the Week

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