Spokane New Economy Summit


The Spokane New Economy Summit will be on April 5th and 6th in the University District of Spokane, WA!


Student tickets are $5!

Community Member tickets $25. 

Tickets will go fast, so register soon. 

When/Where is the Summit?

On Friday April 5th we will meet at the Gonzaga University Jepson Center, in the Wolff Auditorium from 6-9pm.

On Saturday April 6th we will reconvene for a Welcome at 9:30am at the EWU Phase 1 Building (668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane, WA, 99202) on the Riverpoint Campus across the river from Gonzaga. Workshops will take place at 10am, 11:30am, and 3pm.

The Spokane New Economy Summit seeks to promote ideas and strategies for a stronger and more sustainable regional economy and to catalyze support for action.

The Inland Northwest is as an idyllic place to live and work. This reality is being slowly discovered by those outside the area, and we find ourselves on the verge of an economic revitalization. The time is now to prioritize a triple bottom line of profit, people and planet in order to ensure that future development will be lasting and equitable. Many in our community already recognize the value of these key concepts and are putting them into practice. We seek to bring together students, small business owners, farmers, and community members to discuss new ways of thinking about and participating in our economy.  We hope to facilitate discussions on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to community banking to economics education; and to create space for networking, collaborating, and building momentum towards a more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient Spokane.

Whats happening at the summit?

Ted Howard, the executive director of the Democracy Collaborative will be the Keynote Speaker on the night of the 5th.

There will be a screening of Shift Change on the night of the 6th.

This Summit is brought to you in part by a grant from the New Economics Institute.

Summit Schedule:
Click HERE for session descriptions and speaker bios.

Friday April 5th (Gonzaga University Jepson Center):

6pm: Registration and networking
6:30pm: Welcome to the Spokane New Economy Summit – Grant Forsyth, Chief Economist of Avista Corp.
7pm: Community Wealth Building as the Integrated New Ecomony Strategy – Ted Howard, The Democracy Collaborative
8pm: Q&A with Ted Howard
8:30pm: Outlook for April 6th
9pm: BGI Networking and Info Session at The Saranac Public House

Saturday April 6th (Riverpoint Phase 1 Classroom Building):

9am: Registration and networking
9:30am: Welcome to the New Economy Campus Movement – Mike Sandmel, NEI


  • Community Wealth: Adapting the Evergreen Model
  • Theory for the New Economy
  • Green Businesses Make Jobs
  • The Built Environment: Building Sustainable Communities


  • The Role of Community Economics in Achieving Sustainable Communities
  • Policy Ideas for a New Economics of WA State
  • Scaling Sustainable Food
  • Green tech/Clean tech

1pm: Lunch (Free Pizza or bring your own)
2pm: New Economy Pitch Contest!

  • Financing in the New Economy
  • Leadership in the New Economy
  • Visioning the New Economy in Spokane

4:30pm: Closing remarks – Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council President

6pm: Networking at Gonzaga University Jepson Center
6:30pm: Screening of Shift Change
7:30pm: Q&A with Shift Change film makers
8:30pm: Adjourn to change the world!

There will also be a New Economy Pitch Contest with cash prizes for the best new economy pitches for place based projects. Win $1000, $500 or $250! Sign Up Here!

Coming from out of town?
Call the Red Lion Inn at the Park and let them know you are with the Spokane New Economy Summit for a group rate of $99 with free parking.

Download the Poster Here!

Join us to take part in shaping the future.

This event is Sponsored by the New Economics Institute, and co-sponsored by The Community Building Foundation, The Oak Tree, the Department of Urban Planning, Public and Health Administration of Eastern Washington University, the EWU MBA program, the EWU College of Business and Public Administration, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Gonzaga University Environmental Studies Program, Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, Gonzaga Business Program, Gonzaga MBA Program, Whitworth MBA Program, Whitworth University Business & Economics Program, and many more!


3 thoughts on “Spokane New Economy Summit

  1. Sounds interesting and most informative. Is there going to be any discussion on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change? We all are aware of the waste hazard that an exploitation and consumption based economy like ours creates. It would be great to have new ideas that address these pressing needs and give a new economic perspective. Perhaps all this trash can become a resource?

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