Gov. Inslee on the road: Spokane

A whirlwind day in the Lilac City on March 10, 2017

On Friday the governor and First Lady Trudi Inslee spent the day in Spokane, meeting with health leaders, Eastern State Hospital staff, and local economic development experts. He also visited a local grain coop, and discussed education investments with school counseling staff.

Gov. Jay Inslee adressing staff from Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Wash., March 10, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

At Eastern State, the governor congratulated staff on meeting their benchmarks for improving patient care. He heard from several staff members about their work to create patient-focused solutions, including reducing sodium in the cafeteria food.

Next he met with a group of medical and health sciences students known as the Spokane Health Equity Circle. The group brings together students from EWU, WSU, UW and Gonzaga University to pair service and advocacy with their clinical training. The students were joined by educators and health care providers and talked about their support for the governor’s proposed funding for the UW and WSU/Gonzaga medical schools.

Gov. Jay Inslee meeting with the Health Equity Circle at WSU Spokane, in Spokane, Wash., March 10, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

First Lady Trudi Inslee was joined by Mayor David Condon of Spokane, as she visited two homeless shelters, the Family Promise / Open Door shelter, and the House of Charity shelter in downtown Spokane. Both facilities are providing innovative services as they work to find housing for their recipients.

First Lady Trudi Inslee with leaders from the Open Doors shelter and Mayor of Spokane David Condon in Spokane, Wash., March 10, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

Meanwhile, the governor met with the University District board and Spokane city leaders to hear about the economic development inspired by the University District Gateway Bridge project. Once complete, the pedestrian and bicycle bridge will connect the north and south areas of the University District in Spokane’s downtown.

The governor heard from educators, school nurses and counselors at the Spokane office of the Washington Education Association, and discussed some of the ways his proposed budget would boost wrap-around services for students, and increase classroom resources for educators.

Gov. Jay Inslee with educators and school district staff following a meeting on his proposed budget at the Washington Education Association office in Spokane, Wash., March 10, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

And finally the governor stopped at LINC Foods and toured their craft malting facility, and heard from brewers, grain farmers, and educators about the innovative connections LINC makes to promote the local food market.

Gov. Inslee posing with brewers from two local breweries at LINC Foods in Spokane, Wash., March 10, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

The governor is heading back to Spokane on Tuesday to see up close how Spokane County has dealt with the impact of wildfires, and to hear from residents how they’re preparing and preventing fires.