Spokesman Scott Guggenheim said the city’s downtown is still a busy time of year, but there is more to be done for the region’s business community.
He said the group’s goal is to get the Spokane Chamber of Commerce to start a regular, online meeting with business owners.
The chamber plans to use the online meeting to bring together local businesses to discuss their experiences, the impact of climate change, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy and how to manage their financial portfolios.
“We are really committed to our downtown area, and that is the heart of our program, and it’s just not going to change,” Gugginheim said.
“We are going to continue to build that.”
The group plans to launch an online tool in the fall to help people navigate the downtown area.
It will include a map that shows how many businesses are in the downtown, as well as a directory of nearby restaurants and other businesses.
The group also is planning a public event, where people can meet up at a coffee shop and discuss climate change and business.
“The community is so supportive and the business community is really excited about this,” said David J. Stacey, president and CEO of the Spokane Economic Development Corp. He hopes to bring a gathering of more than 1,000 business owners together for the event.
“I think it’s going to be a very special event.
There’s a lot of people that have been waiting for it, and I think the whole region will come together and come together to celebrate the change that we are seeing in the climate,” he said.
Stacey said he hopes to have the meeting online in mid-December, but he will try to hold it as early as next year.
He also said he is hopeful that the Chamber of Business will hold a formal, online forum in late 2019 or early 2020.
The chamber has been working to address the climate impact on its downtown.
A new city-wide sustainability report is being released this week, and Stacey said it’s important to look at other aspects of business, such as sustainability of the building they rent and the people who work in it.
“Our downtown is a very, very different city, and we’ve been working on a lot more things, including making sure that our building is a little more sustainable, because it’s a big building, but it’s also the building of our city,” he added.
“That’s not the only part of the downtown that’s going down.
The other part of our downtown is also a little bit more impacted.
And so it’s not just a building in one corner.
It’s a building that is going down in every corner of our entire city.”