Welcome to Spokane County
Tournament Winner Wows County Leaders!
Those who saw Hannah Agwunobi compete in the inaugural George Nethercutt Foundation Civics Tournament last year, saw a fourth grade competitor who brought a sense of drive and confidence to the stage and left a civics champion! Hannah was awarded a $1,500 scholarship and the promise of a day spent with former U.S. Congressman George Nethercutt. Hannah, an aspiring engineer, learned about county government last week while taking a tour of the historic Courthouse building with County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn.
(Pictured left to right - Mrs. Agwunobi, County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn, Facilities Director Ron Oscarson, Hannah Agwunobi, former 5th Dist. Congressman George Nethercutt.)
County, Cities and Partners Offer Businesses Help to Find Space 'Select Spokane' Offers City Selection, Data for FREE!
The latest release of ‘Select Spokane’ is now live, offering free services for businesses looking to open a facility in the Spokane area. This online tool simplifies the process by providing access to real estate sites and business data.
Select Spokane gathers the economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a 'one stop shop' portal on the web. The tool allows site selectors, local entrepreneurs and business people instant access to current site selection data on local communities in the Spokane County region, including information on:
* Commercial Real Estate Offerings
* Consumer Spending
* Available Work Force
* Existing businesses and potential competitors
Built on Google Maps technology, Select Spokane provides dynamic mapping capabilities, including the ability to zoom in/out, identify information and view geographic "layers" of information, such as incentive zones, airports, universities, railroads, and zoning.
The online tool is not just for businesses looking to buy or lease. The website also allows brokers to list available commercial and industrial property.
The Select Spokane website is managed by public and private entities including Spokane County, the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Avista Utilities, and Greater Spokane Incorporated. The site is designed to assist businesses considering Spokane County in location decisions.
About the Spokane Regional Site Selector Consortium: The consortium is an open group of public and private organizations in eastern Washington committed to supporting the Spokane Regional Site Selector. As an open consortium, it can be expanded to include new members. Current consortium members are Spokane County, City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Cheney, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and Avista Utilities. The consortium is managed by Eastern Washington University, Spokane.
Seasonal Weight Restrictions on County Roads
The Engineering and Roads Division has implemented weight restrictions on posted county roads. These weight restrictions will continue until further notice.
Impacted roads in Spokane County are posted with signs indicating maximum allowable weights. Typically, these restrictions do not apply to the average car or pickup truck. However, commercial and construction vehicles may need to lighten their loads in order to comply with the restrictions. Spokane County commercial vehicle enforcement officers will be on patrol and violators will be fined! Fines may vary according to the nature of the infraction.
For more information on road weight limits and restrictions, contact the Spokane County Engineering and Roads Division at (509) 477-3600.
ALERT Spokane–The Spokane County Emergency Notification System
A Public Safety Message from the Spokane County Commissioners
How will you be notified if there’s an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system!
ALERT Spokane has been in operation since 2010, and is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there’s a wild fire in your area, you might be told to evacuate.
It’s important to note that the recorded message will be sent to landline telephones in the affected area. If you have discontinued your landline telephone service and are relying on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system! Even if you still have a landline telephone, it’s a good idea to register your cell phone with ALERT Spokane.
In the interest of public safety, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is urging the public to register their cell phones and VoIP phones (Comcast, Vonage, XO Communications, etc.) with ALERT Spokane. It’s easy to do. Just go to www.alertspokane.org and enter the information. You can also register more than one cell or VoIP phone number.
Be informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane TODAY at www.alertspokane.org!
Initiative 502 (I-502) was approved by Washington State voters on November 6, 2012.
I-502 removes the legal prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana, subject to licensing and regulation by the Liquor Control Board; allows limited possession of marijuana by persons aged twenty-one and over; and imposes 25% excise taxes on wholesale and retail sales of marijuana, earmarking revenue for purposes that include substance-abuse prevention, research, education, and healthcare.
The implementation of I-502 is the responsibility of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Over the course of implementation, the Liquor Control Board's I-502 Implementation site provides the most current information. Please be sure to check the site often for updates.
Discover Spokane County
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Washington's Statehood, we invite you to explore the fourth largest county in the state. Spokane County. These Discovery tours are designed as day trips that highlight some of the history, scenic beauty and natural wonders of our area. From rock-climbing to antique shopping, it's waiting for you so come and discover Spokane County!