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Major student housing project in the U-District moves forward

Major student housing project in the U-District moves forward

A large-scale student housing project at 940 N. Ruby Street in Spokane's University District is set to break ground next Tuesday. This project will provide housing for more than 213 students attending Gonzaga University and other universities in the area who seek the convenience of next-to-campus living. Construction is set to be completed in July 2016 and the building will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2016, just in time for fall term.

 

The project owners, Larry Simon and David Schneider have formed 940 Ruby, LLC to develop the project. The architect is Jay S. Crawford, AIA, a California-based firm, and the contractor is Baker Construction of Spokane. Umpqua Bank is the project's lender. The property is managed by Black Realty Management Inc.

 

Located along the west edge of the Gonzaga University campus, the six-story building will provide 61 apartment suites comprised of 3 and 4 bedroom layouts for a total of 213 rooms available to rent. It will total 79,455 square feet of livable space. The apartments are geared toward undergraduate and graduate students who seek the amenities and benefits a property of this caliber will offer.

Zerorez Spokane to host open house hiring event April 30

 

 

Zerorez Spokane, a locally owned carpet cleaning franchise will host an open house job fair on Thursday, April 30th.

 

The company is staffing up for summer months, and qualified technicians are still needed.

 

"We believe in making sure we only send out full trained technicians, so it's important for us to find good people now, before the summer rush," said Director of Operations, Christie Hoiles.

 

The company offers a paid 4-6 week paid training session that includes both classroom style learning and hands on in the field activities.

 

During the open house Zerorez hopes to find technicians that fit their culture.

 

"Doing group interviews with the open house format allows us to meet them, and they get to learn more about us too," Hoiles said.

 

Zerorez plans to staff more carpet technicians this summer than ever before.

 

"Our goal is to have 19 techs," said Hoiles.

 

Startup Weekend Spokane brings challenge and opportunity to local entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend Spokane brings challenge and opportunity to local entrepreneurs

 

 

One idea and 54 hours. That is all local entrepreneurs will have to develop a business plan to be presented to a panel of judges during Startup Weekend Spokane.

 

View it as a challenge, opportunity, or better yet both. The weekend will provide emerging entrepreneurs with the experience, resources and contacts to start a viable business. By Sunday evening, participants will have created a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to present to local entrepreneurs and potential investors.

 

The event aims to bring fresh faces into Spokane's business community. Those with no startup experience are especially welcome to attend, participate and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

 

STCU to teach teens about finances during upcoming Money Camps

STCU to teach teens about finances during upcoming Money Camps

 

Spokane Teachers Credit Union will host a pair of free Money Camps in Spokane this spring as part of its longstanding tradition to provide financial education to tweens and teens.

 

The credit union is offering Money Camp at the Moran Prairie Library on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Can't make it that day? Another camp will take place on Saturday, May 16 at the Shadle Library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

“The payoff is when you see the ‘Ah ha moment,’ in their faces,” said STCU President and CEO Tom Johnson. “These financial skills will last them their whole lives.”

 

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

 

The Board of Directors of the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest has launched two scholarships and awarded two grants totaling $41,590 for second quarter, 2015. According to the Blood Center, this money is meant to continue its commitment to funding education, technology and research advances in the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine.

 

Scholarships for community college students studying phlebotomy at the Community Colleges of Spokane, North Idaho College and Lewis & Clark State College will be offered beginning in the fall. Each institution will receive $3,000 per year for scholarship awards to offset registration and program fees.

 

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.