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Regional Voices: Darryl Potyk – University of Washington-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership

Dr. Darryl Potyk is in charge of medical education at the University of Washington-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, and is a clinical professor at the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM). What brought him to Spokane: I moved here from Southern … Read more

Regional Voices: Bob Memmer – SmartRecruiters

Bob Memmer is senior vice president/commercial sales for software maker SmartRecruiters, a San Francisco-based company with offices in Spokane and other cities around the world. SmartRecruiters has more than 700 clients, include Visa and Skechers. “Companies love us,” says Memmer, … Read more

Regional Voices: Bill Savitz – Ignite Northwest

  William “Bill” Savitz is CEO of Ignite Northwest, a nonprofit foundation that aids emerging tech companies through its business accelerator education and access to capital. Deep roots: My best memory of growing up here are the lifelong friendships I’ve … Read more

Regional Voices: Art Coffey – Able Label

Art Coffey is president of Able Label, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of blank labels. Founded in 1985, Able Label was one of the first to use computer graphics for individual printed commercial labels. Today, Able Label offers customers more … Read more

Regional Voices: April Needham – Avista Corp.

April Needham is an Avista Corp. executive employee currently on loan to Greater Spokane Inc. to assist with Startup Spokane, a program that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with resources needed to launch and grow successful companies. Startup Spokane is affiliated with … Read more

Regional Voices: Annie Stranger – Sweet Annie’s Artisan Creamery

Annie Stranger owns Sweet Annie’s Artisan Creamery. “We make locally sourced, life-affirming, crazy-delicious ice creams.” Popular flavors: The Bee’s Knees, Coco A-Go-Go, Vanilla Veracruz, and Hello, Ginger. What brought Annie to Spokane: Growing up in North Idaho, I felt isolated … Read more

Regional Voices: Aleesha Brock – Greater Spokane Inc.

Aleesha Brock is an economic development intern at Greater Spokane Inc. She’s also the mother of three, and a full-time student at Spokane Community College studying to become an office manager and legal assistant. Growing up in rural Newport, 47 … Read more

Regional Voices: Adam Smith – Cheney High School

Adam Smith teaches business education at Cheney (Wash.) High school. He moved from the Tri-Cities to Cheney two decades ago to attend Eastern Washington University. “This was definitely a place I planned to live only a short time,” he recalls. … Read more

Accra-Fab remains in Spokane County, invests in training and upgrades

Accra-Fab Inc. (AFI), a Liberty-Lake based advanced manufacturer, recently completed a yearlong training and planning program to strategically position their company for the future. This program, developed in collaboration with local and state partners, included funding for new equipment onboarding, … Read more

GSI advocates for importance of international trade and diplomacy

Earlier this month GSI joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and other community leaders to discuss with Rep. McMorris Rodgers the importance of diplomacy and international trade. The USGLC advocates for a healthy International Affairs Budget. Representing the business … Read more