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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Lifestyle

Inland Northwest values are grounded in opportunity, balance, and friendliness. Opportunities are more plentiful. A dollar goes further and less time is spent getting to and from. That kind of access creates a more work and play balance. All in a small-town friendly environment where housing is affordable, education achieves high standards, and medical care is second to none. Perhaps most appealing is that the personal safety and security often associated with rural living is universal throughout the...
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