About

Vision

Make it Spokane®, the Northeast Public Development Authority, is facilitating the expansion of a business incubator and innovation zone—a thriving center of commercial, residential, and entrepreneurial activity.

Economic development, job recruitment, and local business growth is how Make it Spokane® is creating the brighter side of Washington.

Values

Committed to providing our community, neighborhood, businesses and their employees with the highest level of integrity, commitment, and collaboration. Every person. Every project. Every time.

Guiding People, Community And Businesses To Vitality

Leadership

Board And Appointees

Josh Kerns

Chairman
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Commissioner, Spokane County

  • 1st Term
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Michael Cathcart

Vice Chair
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Council Member, City of Spokane

  • 1st Term
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Scott Simmons

Secretary/Treasurer
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Director, City of Spokane Public Works

  • 1st Term
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Gerry Gemmill

Designated Member
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CEO, Spokane County

  • 1st Term
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Jordan Tampien

Member
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Co-Founder & Designated Broker, 4 Degrees Real Estate

  • 1st Term
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Cheryl Stewart

Member
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Executive Director, Inland Northwest AGC

  • 1st Term
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Cindy Wendle

Member
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Personal Services Contractor for Spokane County, Office of Financial Assistance

  • 1st Term
  • Term Expiration –
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David Guthrie

Executive Director

David Guthrie has served as the Executive Director of the Northeast Public Development Authority since July 2019. Prior to joining the NEPDA, he spent eight years as the real estate manager for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., which specializes in creating digital products and systems that protect, control, and automate power systems around the world. Mr. Guthrie managed more than 100 engineering offices worldwide, with nearly 6,000 employees, providing products and services in over 160 countries. Before joining SEL, Mr. Guthrie had assembled and managed entitlement, design, and construction teams for projects with combined retail values estimated at over $150,000,000. He also served as president of a public commercial real estate finance and investment company, with operations throughout the Western United States. Mr. Guthrie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from Gonzaga University.

City and or County services are available throughout the 1,000+ acres. Class 1 rail access is available, industrial zoning is in place, and site conditions are favorable. The labor force is estimated at over 250,000, and customized job training programs are readily available. Many businesses will qualify for reduced taxes and fees by locating in this opportunity zone.

Make it Spokane, and the City and County, look forward to connecting businesses and developers with the resources, assets, and incentives so they can “Make it” in Spokane.