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STCU opens Airway Heights Branch

The 3,894-square-foot STCU Airway Heights Branch is scheduled to open this Wednesday, August 23 at 10811 W. Highway 2, in the Hayford Crossing development. STCU's newest branch location features solar panels, a free book exchange, and a tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces. It is the 21st branch location for STCU.

Designed by Bernardo Wills Architects and constructed by Meridian Construction & Development, the Airway Heights Branch is designed to meet standards for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Among its resource-saving features are solar panels positioned over the drive-through. Outside the branch is a star-shaped seating area built around a 55-foot flagpole. Each point of the star pays tribute to a branch of the armed forces. Inside is a children's corner with the book exchange, and a West Plains mural by Spokane photographer Dean Davis.

Stephanie Luby, a 17-year STCU employee who was raised in Airway Heights, is the branch manager.

Spokane Tribe Casino impacts upswing in job growth

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is poised to open the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights later this year. Tribal leaders have announced that regional benefits promised by the Tribe and approved by the Department of Interior are becoming a reality today.

Spokane Tribal Council Chair Carol Evans states that approximately 500 construction jobs and full-time casino positions are being created by the first phase of the project. Chairperson Evans said, "It is beautiful to see the workers constructing a project that will create economic independence and self-sufficiency for the Spokane Tribe while providing jobs for the Tribe and the entire community."

Tribal leaders expect to continue development of the multi-phase project on their 145-acre site over the coming years. Chairperson Evans adds, "as our project grows, so do the benefits to the region. Along with Fairchild Air Force Base and other development growth, our 500 jobs will turn into the projected 5,000 jobs as we expand to become a major regional entertainment destination."

In June, Fairchild Air Force Base announced they were selected by the U.S. Air Force to receive 21 KC-135 tankers, making it one of the largest tanker fleets in the country while adding new jobs on the West Plains.

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy's Benefit dinner Sept 22

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy's annual Appetite for Conservation will be held on Friday, September 22 at the historic McGinnity Room in downtown Spokane. The event will feature a 'farm to table' style dinner, silent and live auctions, and a keynote address by Jon Snyder, Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Kristi Gorenson of KXLY radio is the evening's host.

The event begins at 6pm. Tickets are $85 before September 1, $95 before September 22, and $125 at the door or if purchased the day of the event. The McGinnity Room is located at 116 W. Pacific Avenue, Spokane. For tickets, call 509-328-2939, email info@inlandnwland.org, or visit www.inlandnwland.org. All proceeds will go to Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving land to protect the region's water quality, wildlife habitat, and working farms and forests.

Bernardo Wills Architects hires new staff members

Bernardo Wills Architects has hired the following staff members: Licia LeGrant, AIA, NCARB, architect; Philip S. Ward, ASLA, CLARB, landscape architect; and Saul Rip Hansen, BIM/CAD technician.

Commissions on which Licia LeGrant is currently working include the Catalyst Project in Spokane's southern University District, Katerra Inc.'s CLT manufacturing facility in the City of Spokane Valley, and Refrigeration Supplies Distributor's branch store in Vancouver, WA.

Philip S. Ward is presently working on the landscape and irrigation modification for Mission Park in Spokane as well as two projects in Idaho: Phase II of the Gilmore RV Campground at Farragut State Park and planning the next phases of residential development at The Club at Rock Creek south of Coeur d'Alene.

Saul Rip Hansen is providing drafting, design and construction support for three projects in Idaho: the North Idaho Dermatology medical office building and a tenant improvement for Kootenai Health's medical office building - both in Coeur d'Alene, and Eagle River Luxury Living, a senior living community in Eagle.

For more information, visit www.bernardowills.com.

YWCA Spokane announces 2017 Women of Achievement Honorees

YWCA Spokane has announced its 2017 Women of Achievement Award Honorees. These seven women will be honored at the Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon, held at The Davenport Grand, Thursday, September 28 starting at 11:30am. For 35 years, YWCA Spokane has celebrated successful women at its annual luncheon, honoring over 200 women in our region. The event increases awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions by these women to our community.

To be awarded a YWCA Women of Achievement Award, a woman must embody the mission of the YWCA by eliminating racism and empowering women. She must also promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by generously giving of herself to make Spokane a better place for everyone to live.

The winners of this year's Women of Achievement Awards are:
Gina Freuen, Artist, Retired Gonzaga University Art Dept. Educator, CoFounder of ArtFest, Partner - Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery - Arts & Culture
Kristin Goff, Owner and Operator of Wendle Motors - Business & Industry
Juliana Christine Matthews Repp, Attorney at Law - Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
Mary DeLateur, Retired Clinical Social Worker at the Spokane Vet Center - Community Enhancement
Patricia O'Connell Killen, PhD, Academic Vice President, Gonzaga University - Education
Heather Rosentrater, Vice President of Energy Delivery, Avista Utilities - Science, Technology & Environment
Ellen Robey, Community Volunteer, Former Chairman of Friends of the Davenport - Lifetime Achievement

All proceeds raised at the YWCA's 35th annual Women of Achievement Luncheon directly benefit YWCA's services for families who are impacted by domestic violence, including confidential shelter for survivors, transitional housing, legal services, job readiness, support and counseling, early childhood education, and child care.

STCU names business banking manager, promotions

With demand increasing for business services and commercial lending, the region's largest credit union has hired Jeff Stone as business banking manager. Stone comes to STCU with more than 25 years of banking experience, most recently as senior relationship manager and leader for business banking at US Bank in Spokane.

Amy Butler has been promoted from assistant branch manager at the Valley Branch to manager of the Crossroads Branch in Coeur d'Alene. She brings 11 years of banking experience.

Janell Pavlica was promoted to manager of the Indian Trail Branch. Pavlica has 30 years of credit union experience, including 20 at STCU.

Tanya Yost has been promoted from assistant manager to manager at the Silver Lake Branch in Dalton Gardens, Idaho. Yost has 25 years of banking experience.

Brandy Stern was promoted to manager of the STCU U-District Branch after three years with the credit union. She previously was assistant manager at the Cheney Branch.

Griffiths, Dreher & Evans, PS, CPAs hires 6, expands Business Valuation Offering

Griffiths, Dreher & Evans, PS, CPAs, a local CPA firm founded in 1992 has expanded its business valuation service to Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Dallas & Boston. The firm has hired Spokane Accountants Greg Kelly, Tyrus Rickard, Alec Griffiths, Kyle Davis, Eric Blazekovic and Laurin Maupin in support of business valuation services for the expanded markets.

The firm specializes in Certified Business Valuations meeting USPAP, IRS, AICPA, NACVA and SBA standards for business owners considering a sale, SBA requirements for lending banks and buyers considering the purchase of a businesses. For more information, visit www.grifco.com.

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