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Infrastructure & Utilities

The Spokane community is committed to investing in ongoing infrastructure improvements which are critical for the smooth transport of people, goods and services. Spokane is well connect via highway, rail, air, utilities and fiber.

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail operates one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America. The Spokane region is a major connection point for rail heading both east and west through BNSF and Union Pacific.
  • Spokane International Airport is jointly owned by Spokane County and City of Spokane and the Spokane Airport Board invests approximately $30 million in capital improvements. It has 7,000 acres of land, with nearly 1,600-acres of non-aeronautical land available for lease or purchase.
  • Fairchild Air Force Base is located 12 miles west of downtown Spokane and is easily accessed via U.S. 2. The base is the region’s largest single-site employer and is home to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. The base is home to nearly 6,000 men and women.
  • A 2.6 million square foot Amazon warehouse and distribution center is being built along I-90. Infrastructure improvements are being made to Geiger Boulevard to support this project and others.

An abundance of hydroelectric power offers Northwesterners some of the lowest rates in the nation. Avista Utilities and Inland Power are the region's utility companies, supplying power to the citizens of Spokane and the surrounding community.

Avista Utilities provides electric service to more than 600,000 electric and natural gas customers across 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon.

Inland Power & Light is the largest electric cooperative in the state of Washington. Inland serves 13 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Their fuel mix is 90 percent renewable and 98.5 percent carbon free.


The Northwest is blessed with an abundant supply of fresh water. Spokane’s drinking water comes from the “sole source” Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, fed by Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board, comprised of twenty-one water purveyors, provides safe, clean drinking water for homes and offices around the Spokane region. Find the water provider for your business.

Spokane is a regional telecommunications hub and home to major Tier 1 providers, as well as regional Tier 2, Tier 3 and local service providers. Redundancy and diversity in local and regional telecommunications, data networks, energy and power sources is common, affordable and reliable. The region ranked nationally as the 6th safest from natural disasters.

For more information about transportation in the Spokane region, visit our transportation page.