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Workforce catalysts

Science center, Spokane building could spur CSTEM program growth at EWU, with possible future business opportunities for Cheney


March 15, 2018

Avista Corporation

An artist rendering of Avista's 150,000-square-foot Catalyst Building - which also shows the new pedestrian bridge spanning railroad tracks in Spokane's University District - is shown above. Eastern Washington Univeristy plans to move three CSTEM programs to the building once completed in 2020.

Lighting struck twice for Eastern Washington University in January and February when it comes to its growth and presence in the region. That lightning will institute a number of changes to the university, and possibly to the city it calls home.

In fact, that lightning may prove to be the "catalyst" for positive changes in Cheney as a whole.

A two-fer

The first strike came in late January when the state Legislature finally passed its $4.2 billion 2017-2019 capital budget - a measure held from passage last summer due to disagreements between the House and Senate on fixes to a water rights co...

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