March 7, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 46

Port district concept returns

Cheney Merchant’s Association members given overview of new attempt at creating an ‘economic development administration’

The last time creation of a Spokane County port district was floated to area voters, it was trounced 4 to 1 at the ballot box.

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That was back in the early 1980s. Area officials are again hoping to put a measure before voters to create a special purpose district that would help Spokane become more competitive in attracting new businesses, spur local economic development and help deal with regional transportation issues.

“It’s something that can be a big economic boon for our area,” Cheney Merchants Association president and vice president of WF Burke Construction Groups Matt Boyd said a...

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