A Look Back At My Week in Eastern Washington

Jul 05, 2016

My favorite part of serving you in the People’s House is having the opportunity to visit with local  community leaders, families, and small business owners. Here are a few highlights from last week in Eastern Washington.

Visit to Gravity Jack

It’s always great visiting  the team at Gravity Jack to discuss supporting innovation and jobs in the Spokane technology community. They are at the forefront of developing a diverse business environment and promoting STEM education. Bonus: they let me play with this virtual reality headset!


Wildfire Roundtable Discussion

Wildfire season is quickly approaching. To get ahead on this issue, I hosted a wildfire preparation discussion with local officials and community leaders in Spokane  to discuss preparation and prevention efforts. After having the two worst fire seasons in state history back-to-back, we need to do everything we can to prevent the devastation from happening again in 2016. Catch my thoughts on the discussion here or read about it via Spokesman-Review  here.



Grand Opening of Mobius Science Center

My family and I were honored to attend the grand opening of the Mobius Science Center in Spokane. Congratulations on a successful opening in your new location, Mobius! You can learn more about the museum here.





With more than 6,000 teams, Spokane Hoopfest is the biggest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world. I had a blast cheering on my son, Cole. We can’t stop talking about it!

Ian Robertson: Tiny Homes

I admire the work of Ian Robertson and his heart for the homeless community in Spokane. He and I had a great discussion this week about the work he is doing through “tiny houses” he builds for those in need. Learn more about these “tiny houses” here.

Spokane Teaching Health Center Clinic at WSU

I’m always impressed by the work being done at the Spokane Teaching Health Center. Last time I visited, the clinic didn’t have walls up yet! I’ve enjoyed working with their team to get continued funding for the THC program, which means more training for medical residents in our community and increasing access to primary care.



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