State approves expansion of Spokane Community Empowerment Zone for industrial development

Oct. 21, 2019

State approves expansion of Spokane Community Empowerment Zone for industrial development

New boundaries open special tax incentives on all industrial-zoned land to support additional investment, manufacturing development and jobs.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has approved a significant expansion of Spokane’s Community Empowerment Zone (CEZ) boundaries to include all industrial-zoned land in the area. Spokane Mayor David Condon and the city council requested the extension so that industrial property well-suited to manufacturing development projects will be eligible for special tax incentives associated with the CEZ and federal Opportunity Zone designations.

“Mayor Condon and Spokane City Councilmembers adapted to take full advantage of these incentive programs designed to strengthen communities by providing opportunities to attract manufacturing businesses that support good, family wage jobs,” said Commerce Director Dr. Lisa Brown.

Created in 2001, CEZ designation enables economically disadvantaged urban areas to qualify for special tax incentives intended to support reinvestment in the zone. Program rules changed recently, requiring that businesses not only hire from within the zone, but also locate there. Spokane found itself at a disadvantage with very little industrial land inside the zone suited for manufacturing facilities.

“Expanding our Community Empowerment Zone boundaries adds value to the City's economic development toolkit,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon, noting 62 projects added over 1,300 new positions, growing combined employment at the participating companies to 7,823. After the rule change, the pace dramatically decreased to almost nothing.

Condon added, “Now that our CEZ boundary includes all of our industrial zoned property where manufacturing facilities can locate we are able to diversify our growth and opportunity for all kinds of employment and business sectors who want to take advantage of Spokane's talent pool and quality of life.”

See the approved Spokane CEZ map here.

Qualified businesses located in the CEZ may apply to the Department of Revenue for sales tax deferrals and business and occupation tax credits. To learn more about Spokane’s CEZ, visit


Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106

Kirstin Davis, City of Spokane, Communications Manager (509) 625-7773

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The Equity in Education Coalition is excited and honored to present its inaugural, multi-day conference that centers the voices of communities of color and anti-racism in education policy.

The Decolonizing Education: Anti-Racism towards Equity in Public Education will be where we build advocacy, organizing, and policy-making strategies that work to undo institutional and systemic racism in the educational system.

We aim to bring together educators, school board members, legislators, education advocates, community-based organizations, parents, and students to examine the intersection of race and education, educational history, school funding, and implicit bias.

Through this conference we will: 1) share tools and create networks to make decolonizing education possible; 2) develop participant understanding of equity in education, and 3) mobilize advocates for future actions.

Conference Website:


What: Decolonizing Education: Anti-Racism towards Equity in Public Education


Where: Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA

The staff and board of the Equity in Education Coalition look forward to seeing you at our inaugural conference! Stay Tuned for more updates!

There is still time to buy your tickets!

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Support our nonprofit organization, Somos Mujeres Latinas, in this fundraising event for the SML Scholarship Program which seeks to benefit diverse latino women who want to improve their quality of life through education for professional or personal development.

This is a great opportunity to dress up and dance the night away to the best latin rhythms


Live Music by Latino Twist
DJ Gustavo El General
Silent Auction
Mask Contest
Salsa Lesson

Get your tickets now!
If you want to support our cause please also consider donating at our website

Apoye a nuestra organización, Somos Mujeres Latinas en este evento a beneficio del programa de becas de SML que busca beneficiar a mujeres latinas diversas que quieren mejorar su calidad de vida a través de la educación para su desarrollo profesional o personal.

Esta es una gran oportunidad de vestirse de fiesta y bailar toda la noche al ritmo de la mejor música latina.

Contaremos con:

Música en vivo de Latino Twist
DJ Gustavo El General
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Concurso de Máscaras
Clase de salsa

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Si quieren apoyar nuestra causa por favor también consideren hacer su donación en nuestro sitio web:

Dia de Los Muertos Concert

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We are getting close to our third annual Dia de Los Muertos Concert! Once again the Singing in the Rain Family Choir will be collaborating with Mexican conductor Paula Madrigal and the Ballard Civic Orchestra, performing with combined choir, full orchestra, and soloists at the beautiful Plymouth Congregational Church sanctuary downtown. This concert has become a wonderful community event, combining Mexican culture, classical music, intergenerational music-making, fundraising, and delicious hot chocolate and Pan de Muertos (skull shaped bread!) into one rich afternoon. The concert is free, but we take a collection for Casa Latina - last year we raised over six thousand dollars to support their programming!

This year the highlight of the concert will be the performance of a new work by a living Mexican composer, Arturo Márquez. The piece, Sueños, is in four movements, with texts based on the words of Guillermo Velázquez, Mahatma Ghandi, Chief Seattle, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The piece is sung in Spanish and features lots of fabulous Latin rhythms, along with two soloists, Baritone Carlos Monzón and Soprano Sari Breznau. In addition to this stunning piece, there will be more orchestral music, Mexican refreshments and handicrafts, and a traditional altar, or ofrenda where audience members are invited to place momentos and photos of loved ones past to be memorialized and honored, in keeping with the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos tradition.

We hope you can join us for a truly awesome afternoon of music and multicultural community, helping to support the empowering work of Casa Latina.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM