Planning & Economic Development Department
PEDD Vision: Honoring our Past and Preserving the Future of the Spokane Tribe of Indians by ensuring that all lands within the jurisdiction of the Tribe are preserved, protected, and enhanced through best land use policy, long-range planning to achieve sustainable community development, infrastructure development, economic development, and safe & adequate transportation planning.
PEDD February 2024 Updates
· Working on both Casino property development projects. This includes Mistequa Hotel, STC Phase 2B and STC Phase 3. The Master Plan kick-off for STC will begin in January 2024. There will be an upgrade to the wastewater at the Mistequa Hotel and Casino property, as well as our STC property.
· Working on the following CARES/ARPA funded projects (each project is either out to bid, has a contract or is in the contracting phase):
o DV Modular Office Project
o PowWow and Longhouse Generators
o Longhouse Upgrades Project
o Boys & Girls Club Renovations
o West End Community Center Gymnasium A&E Project
o PowWow Grounds Electrical Upgrades
· Working with Sazan Group Inc. to complete the Strategic Energy Plan for the Tribe. This plan is an integral piece needed to apply for future energy funding. This plan should be completed in early 2024. We received the first draft at the end of 2023 and have provided internal feedback. We will meet with Sazan during the first week of February to discuss next steps.
· PEDD is constantly seeking land acquisition opportunities on and off the reservation for the Tribe’s development purposes.
· The DOE – Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Formula Grants to States and Indian Tribes was awarded for the first 2 allocation years (FY22 and FY23). Around $1.1M has been awarded to the Tribe for activities that will improve the resiliency of the electric grid against disruptive events on the reservation. The additional 3 years of funding through this program (FY24-FY26) will be applied for once those applications open up. We are working on our project management plan for this allocation of funding. FY24’s allocation came in and the Tribe was allocated an additional $360,873 that will be added on top of our FY22 and FY23 allocations.
· Exploring Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station opportunities in the Wellpinit area reinitiating previous conversations with Avista.
· Working with the City of Spokane’s Parks & Recreation team to complete preliminary A&E work at our Snxwmene Island in Riverfront Park. We received a WA State RCO PRA grant to complete some A&E work for this project. We are in the contracting phase with our selected A&E firm for this project. We are hoping to have some preliminary designs to share with the public in time for the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74. We are also working with the City of Spokane’s Parks & Recreation Department on a MOU for this project and Snwxmene Island.
· The 2022 HUD ICDBG award funding will be used to construct 5 new low-rent homes on the reservation. 4 will be located in Kokanee Meadows and 1 will be located in West End. We will continue to keep the community updated on this project. We are currently working to complete the HUD Environmental Assessment requirements for the project.
· A 477 Economic Development Plan that is specific to the 477 Program and its clientele has started. This will be the foundation for the 477 Program’s Economic Development Program. We are currently in the initial phases of this plan. Follow this link to fill out a community survey: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/5dd5. Results will be helpful with this effort.
· The Mobile Tiny Home Project is wrapping up at the beginning of this month! The project was a great opportunity for 4 of our local participants to gain some experience in the homebuilding and construction field. We are planning to have an Open House event open to the community that also celebrates the accomplishments of the participants and our contractor, Frame Your Future. Stay tuned for a date for this Open House event in the near future.
· Collaborating with UCUT on the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction grant. UCUT will be leading efforts to develop a regional Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) and Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) for all UCUT member Tribes. These two plans will be integral in developing the Spokane Tribe’s climate pollution reduction efforts. Be on the lookout for community outreach pertaining to these plans from the PEDD team.
· A feasibility study for the David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic is close to completion and we are hoping to see a draft very soon. We anticipate a final version of this to be completed in the spring.
· Airway Heights Asbestos survey and abatement are complete on the back side of Spokane Tribe Casino at 628 S. Craig Rd Spokane County, WA 99002.We are taking the demolition permit to Spokane county for their record. Now the next phase will be demolition.
· Airway Height’s old gaming facility located at 14124 W SR Hwy 2 Medical Lake, WA 99002 is in the works to be demolished but there must first be an asbestos abatement before tearing down the facility. We are in the contracting phase for the asbestos abatement after the asbestos survey determined there was asbestos containing materials located at this facility.
· The Powwow Food Court Electrical Upgrades will be completed by Heise Electric Inc., Heise Electric has ordered the equipment and will begin installation once it arrives. This project will be completed in the late summer of 2024, prior to our annual Labor Day Pow Wow.
· The Boys and Girls Club underwent an HVAC repair so that the gymnasium could fully function properly with the heating. There is continued movement with Womer and Associates on the check set for the renovations that will occur at the facility. When we went to get the kitchen suppliers’ quotes they stated that the best foot forward is to have the hood system in the Kitchen scoped out to see the condition of the existing ductwork. We still anticipate the renovations project will go out to bid in February or March of 2024.
· We submitted the following grant opportunities:
o BIA TEDC Grant – This grant aims to build the capacity of Sovering Power Inc. (SOI) so that the company may professionally maintain and operate clean energy infrastructure, initiatives or activities being built or maintained all across Spokane Tribal lands.
o USDA Farm to School Grant – The Tribe is focused on expanding on USDA objectives by including native and wild ancestral plant foods and medicines as local sourcing and peer to peer sharing on evidence-based practices with other agroecological based tribal or programs across Washington State.
· Be on the lookout for a future PEDD position! We are hoping to post our Planner 1 position in the coming month. We are eager to add another talented individual to our team!
Planning & Economic Development Director
Office: (509) 458-6520
Cell: (509) 904-5383
Economic Development Manager
Spokane Office 509.818.1408
Wellpinit Office 509.458.6561