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Spokane County Urban Consortium
Spokane County is one of four eastern Washington State counties set along the Washington-Idaho border. The county comprises a total landmass of 1,758 square miles (or 2.7 percent of the state's total land mass) making it the 19th largest in landmass among the 39 counties of Washington State. Pend Oreille and Lincoln Counties bound the county to the north and west with the northwest corner shared with Stevens County. To the south is Whitman County and to the east is the state of Idaho. Spokane County is a business, trade, and cultural center for the Inland Northwest, a 36-county region covering eastern Washington, northern Idaho and eastern Oregon, western Montana and the southern sections of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The area is rich in natural resources, and both agriculture and forestry are important industries to the local economy. There are over 28,000 farms in the area, 12,000 retail and wholesale businesses, and 2,500 manufacturing enterprises. The U.S. Air Force’s 92nd Air Refueling Wing is the single largest employer in Spokane County.
The area is rich in natural resources, and both agriculture and forestry are important industries to the local economy. There are over 28,000 farms in the area, 12,000 retail and wholesale businesses, and 2,500 manufacturing enterprises. The U.S. Air Force’s 92nd Air Refueling Wing is the single largest employer in Spokane County.
Participating City or Town
The pages for each participating city or town will provide you with information about the city or town, contact information, and links to their websites (if applicable).
- Airway Heights
- Deer Park
- Liberty Lake
- Medical Lake
- Spokane Valley
According to American Community Survey completed by the U.S. Census Bureau, Spokane County has a population of 455,000 persons. Approximately 45.5% of the County’s population, or 207,000 persons, reside within the City of Spokane. The City of Spokane has its own entitlements for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds. This document does not affect any planning completed by that jurisdiction. Spokane County residents live in urban and suburban unincorporated neighborhoods, cities of 121 to over 87,000 persons, and rural areas. The unincorporated area of Spokane County has 135,104 persons or about 29% of the County’s population. The remaining 25% of County residents live within the twelve cities and towns of Airway Heights, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Medical Lake, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane Valley and Waverly. Spokane County Urban County Consortium consists of the unincorporated areas and twelve cities/towns, which make up 54.5% of the entire county population.
The twelve participating cities and towns within Spokane County, by virtue of the populations contained within each of their boundaries, together with the population of the unincorporated areas, allow Spokane County to meet the requirements for participation in HUD's Urban County Entitlement program. While participation in the consortium does not guarantee annual funding for each jurisdiction, it does ensure that applications for funding are considered by staff and citizenry who are local and are understanding of the needs within Spokane County.
Since 1988, the year that Spokane County became an Urban County Consortium, CDBG and/or HOME funds have provided funds for vital infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, economic development, and/or public service projects, making Spokane County a better place to live for all.
As members of the Urban County Consortium, these incorporated areas apply directly to Spokane County for CDBG and HOME funds, rather than applying to the more competitive "Small Cities" program administered by the Washington State Office of Community Development. (OCD).
In the 18 years that the Urban County Entitlement program has been in existence, each of the incorporated areas has received CDBG and/or HOME funds to complete vital projects that benefit lower income persons in their communities.