INWP Summer Meeting 2013

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Due to unavoidable circumstances, the 2013 INP Summer Meeting has been cancelled. Please watch your mailboxes for dates and details about our 2013 Fall Meeting! Please accept our apologies!
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About Inland Northwest Partners

The Inland Northwest Partners (INP) is focused on enhancing the long-term vitality of a two-state region. The non-profit organization facilitates knowledge sharing to build strong economic bases among member communities. Collectively, the INP represents a deep pool of economic development know-how and experience. More than 300 business and community leaders from eastern Washington and northern Idaho are members. Educational meetings, programs, and seminars are the core offering. These forums provide a means to share ideas and experiences, and forge new partnerships. Topics include technology, financing community initiatives, forging regional partnerships, local business expansion and retention, job recruitment, and much more. The Inland Northwest Partner’s success can be attributed to the ongoing support of our investors and members. Through these efforts, the Inland Northwest Partners plays an important role in enhancing the long-term economic vitality of all communities in the region. While the main focus of the Inland Northwest Partners is, and will continue to be economic development training, we are also pleased to be a part of a new regional marketing effort known as the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance...
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The Region

Backed by the power of two states and more than a dozen counties, the Inland Northwest spans nearly 22,000 square miles in Washington and Idaho. The region encompasses most of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. It shares a northern border with Canada, and, in Washington, a southern boundary with Oregon. Spokane, centrally located in the region, is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis. The Spokane-Coeur d’Alene corridor follows Interstate 90 west to east. U.S. 195, 95, and 395 facilitate north and south movement. The Inland Northwest region is uniquely positioned to quickly reach global and domestic markets. Interstate trucking, rail and water routes reach major West Coast ocean ports in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland, Ore. within 1-2 days. Ports in Lewiston, Clarkston and Whitman County on the Columbia River are the most inland seaports on the West Coast. Combined they create the logistical hub for international commerce in the Inland Northwest. The region shares eight ports of entry with Canada, six in Washington and two in Idaho. State highways feed six of those...
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Economy

Manufacturing, construction, mining and agriculture, all blue-collar industries, founded the region’s economy. They continue to have a strong presence, no doubt contributing heartily to the area’s noted work ethic, as new economies emerge and diversify. Small businesses dominate today’s regional professional landscape. Business values line up with Inland Northwest values to match our work-hard-play-hard lifestyle. Technology and other new economy industries are emerging. Opportunities for professional advancement and customizable training have helped that advancement. Commercialization of technologies developed at Washington State University and the University of Idaho has also provided a boost. Clusters have formed in information and high-technology, aerospace, healthcare and biosciences, financial and shared services, metalworking, and forest products. Marine services companies have also developed a...
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Recreation

Few regions of the country have a mix of recreation and culture comparable to the Inland Northwest. This recreational playground offers abundant lakes, mountains, and rivers – all within close proximity. And what’s best is that there’s so much quiet, serene, undiscovered territory to explore that you rarely feel crowded. There’s culture from community festivals to outdoor concerts and off-Broadway performers, the Inland Northwest offers it...
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