Why NE Spokane

Northeast Spokane

It All Starts Here

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With its roots in innovation and strong forward momentum, Northeast Spokane is one of eastern Washington’s premier urban industrial neighborhoods and a Federal Opportunity Zone.

There is a rich history of industry and rail transportation. From 1892 to 1982, the area served as a leading terminal for The Great Northern railroad where locomotives were built and repaired on site. Today, development and economic opportunities continue to thrive in and around downtown Hillyard.

Within The

It consists of businesses all dedicated to their trade, creating the best products, offering the best services, and giving back to the community.

With a walkable historic downtown, known as Hillyard, it’s home to a variety of artisans and makers—local businesses who thrive on collaboration within the community.

They pride themselves on craftsmanship and honesty in their trades. While serving the local community, you’ll also find their products all over the globe.


Live &

Northeast Spokane has great shopping and dining options; or head downtown, a short 10-minute drive away, for many unique shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Drive or bike 30 minutes to Mount Spokane, which has 100 miles of trails in the richly forested Selkirk Mountains. Closer in, jump on your mountain bike for an exhilarating ride down Beacon Hill, or play a round of golf at Esmeralda Golf Course, both just minutes away from the premier urban industrial neighborhood in the region.

A Land Of
& Possibility

Major transportation upgrades, like the $1.5 billion North Spokane Corridor Project, place the Northeast of Spokane at the intersection of accessibility and progress.

With improved connectivity, the Northeast becomes a land of opportunity and possibility.

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Proximity To
Colleges And
Trade Schools

A talent pool of bright, educated, well-trained individuals ready to put their expertise to work and begin their careers in Northeast Spokane.

  • Gonzaga University
  • Whitworth University
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • University of Washington
  • Spokane Community College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • Carrington College

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.