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Five ways WSU Spokane impacts the local economy

WSU Spokane medical school

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) – the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development council – held its annual meeting this week with the theme focusing on how education grows economies.

As one of several universities with a presence in Spokane, we were represented in the video above, which was seen by more than 1,000 in attendance at GSI’s annual meeting. Here are five ways our campus grows our economy:

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Ignite Northwest wins grant, welcomes first cohort

Ignite Northwest WSU Spokane

Ignite Northwest WSU Spokane

Ignite Northwest, a business accelerator located on our campus and an important partner of ours, recently won a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ignite will also welcome its first class of ten companies to begin courses this fall that include mentoring, and other aspects of building a business.

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WSU medical school will help Eastern Washington’s economy

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

A WSU medical school in Spokane will allow for more of our state’s students to access medical education. It will also grow the amount of physicians practicing in our region.

But you’ve read that already.

Another benefit that comes from a second public medical school is its impact on the area economy.

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University District Gateway Bridge receives funding

Spokane University District Gateway Bridge

Spokane University District Gateway Bridge

What was once initially envisioned and designed by WSU students more than a decade ago is close to reality today as Washington Governor Jay Inslee has approved a transportation package that includes funding for the University District Gateway Bridge.

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Teaching health clinic on track

WSU Spokane health clinic

WSU Spokane health clinic

In May, we celebrated the groundbreaking of a teaching health clinic (photos!) that will allow students in our health sciences programs to gain valuable experience working in a clinic and serving the public – all on our own beautiful campus.

Since the groundbreaking ceremony, work has continued on the site. Much of that work has consisted of clearing the site to get it ready. Currently, crews are excavating and placing concrete in the foundation footings and grade beams. The building permit should be secured by mid-July (the foundations are allowed under a separate foundation permit).

By the end of the summer, work on the site will be much more visible, but that doens’t mean nothing is happening. In fact, a lot of important work is taking place so crews can start building vertically. We have some photos of what the site currently looks like:

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The History of the WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The WSU Spokane health sciences campus sits along the Spokane River on the east end of downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of Isaacson Aerial Photography.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. This is the final story from the magazine. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

From as far back as Spokane’s early years, the 50 acres a few blocks east of downtown were anything but pretty.

By the 1960s, when community leaders realized that area and the rail yards downtown had become a blight on the community, those 50 acres were plagued by waste and neglect.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long after that realization that things changed for the better.

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Research Impact is Growing

WSU Spokane Research

WSU Spokane Research

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

Most people think of research as improving lives. Spokane leaders know it is also changing our economy.

Consider WSU Spokane: Research dollars on campus have nearly doubled in the last few years.

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Clinic will be Model for Inter-Professional Health Care

University District Health Clinic

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Lorraine Nelson

With their vision of true inter-professional education in mind, teaching faculty from medicine, nursing and pharmacy are spending many hours together designing the interior spaces and work flow plan for the soon-to-be-built University District Health Clinic.

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Washington Legislature Celebrates State’s Branch Campuses

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Governor Jay Inslee and Washington lawmakers recognized the branch campuses of Washington State University and the University of Washington this week with a proclamation celebrating the two schools.

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