MultiCare Health System wrapped up the $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic on July 1, 2017, ushering in a new era for health care in the Spokane area. Rockwood Health Systems, which employs more than 3,600 people across all three of the included healthcare centers, has been an INBA Chamber Partner since 2015.
The Spokane Empire, formerly the Spokane Shock, is ceasing operations for 2018 season and probably for good. According to Seattle-based majority owner Nader Naini, to continue operations would be “a money-losing proposition.”
According to the Spokesman-Review, attendance during the early years of Spokane’s indoor football team was consistently 10,000+, gradually slipping to around 8,000 in 2015. After switching from the Arena Football League to the Indoor Footall League and the corresponding name change, the Empire saw attendance drop by nearly half, averaging only 4,682 fans per game in the 2017 season.
Marvo Reguindin, INBA General Manager, said having the Empire cease operations is sad and unfortunate. “We were excited to welcome a sports team as a member of our LGBT Chamber, our sister chamber in Seattle has several sports team supporting them including the Mariners and Sounders and professional women’s teams Seattle Reign (soccer) and Seattle Storm (basketball).
IBM, in a show of force against what it calls “discriminatory legislation,” is taking out full page ads in the upcoming Sunday editions of The Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Austin American-Statesmanprotesting the proposal, which would limit which restrooms transgender people can use.
In addition, the company is sending 20 employees, including senior vice president for human resources Diane Gherson and chief diversity officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, to the state capitol Tuesday to oppose the bill in person.
“As one of the largest technology employers in Texas, IBM firmly opposes any measure that would harm the state’s LGBT+ community and make it difficult for businesses to attract and retain talented Texans,” The Dallas Morning Newsquotes the ads as reading.
The bathroom bill didn’t make it through the state legislature earlier this year, but Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month said he planned to call legislators back for a special session to address a number of issues, including the controversial bill.
IBM is just one of several tech giants who have opposed the bill. Google, Appleand Facebook have all pushed against the bill, as well as other issues that targeted transgender people. The company was equally vocal in its opposition of North Carolina’s similar bill last year.
Seattle Pride gets the most attention in the Northwest, and Spokane’s Pride claims the prize for largest in the Inland Northwest, but it’s the smaller pride celebrations that deserve the most praise. In traditionally conservative areas, with a smaller population and fewer resources to organise and execute Pride celebrations, cities like Yakima, Coeur d’Alene, Tri-Cites, and Vancouver, WA are making sure the voices of their LGBTQA community are speaking out. Many from Spokane make plans to visit Seattle pride 2 weeks after Spokane’s, and we encourage everyone to visit the smaller Pride celebrations, to make the most of Pride Month.
Seattle Times Reporter Josie Hollingsworth curated a series of pictures, tweets, and stories from Seattle’s Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 25th. Check out the story at SeattleTimes.com
Another photo album (100+ images) from SeattleRefined really shows off the crowds, and the tens of thousands of supporters and parade participants celebrating in downtown Seattle on a beautiful sunny saturday.
Join INBA during Pride Week on Wednesday, June 7th, for another Early Bird Karaoke night starting at 6 pm. There will be prizes throughout the night from various INBA Members. All are welcome; guests, friends, family, etc. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but plenty of our members and Chamber Partners will be there to connect and network. Continue reading Back by popular demand: Early Bird Karaoke during Pride week→
Chamber Partner Kaiser Permanente Riverfront Medical Center has draped a rainbow flag over their office in celebration of Pride. Kaiser Permanente is the first major corporation to publicly display a pride flag on their building in support of Spokane Pride!
INBA thanks Kaiser and all of our Chamber Partners throughout our Pride celebrations.