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We’re presenting information on six hand-picked topics to inform and ignite savvy decision-making for your hospitality business in 2017.

 Participate in this this dynamic afternoon filled with panel discussions and Q&As where you can interact and see what can work with your business.

12:30 p.m. Opening Remarks: Mayor David Condon

12:35 p.m. Keynote: State of the Industry, what can your business expect in 2017?


Anthony Anton, CEO Washington Hospitality Association

Our business model is being reborn. Our new business model is one year into its development. What are we learning about how issues like technology and tipping policies are affecting what our business model will grow into?

1:45 p.m. Human trafficking: The warning signs


Nicole Bishop, Human Rights Commission

Aaron Tilbury, The Jonah Project

Remember the flight attendant who rescued a teenage human trafficking victim in February? She instinctively knew something was wrong, but she also had training that prepared her to intervene. We’ll teach you how to spot the warning signs of human trafficking and take steps to rescue other victims. This interactive session will include live-action demos for you to practice.

1:45 p.m. Building Spokane's Future


Katherine Morgan, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

Todd Mielke, Greater Spokane Incorporated

Joe Jackson, West Plains Chamber of Commerce

Vision 2030 - This vision, targeting full build out by 2030, encompasses expanded undergraduate and graduate medical education; health and life sciences research, commercialization and business development; and community health care. It has the potential to transform our local economy by building on our community’s largest economic driver – healthcare.

2:45 p.m. Spokane Regional Health District - Working better together


Lisa Breen, Spokane Regional Health District

Learn what to expect during a routine inspection of your retail food establishment. Also, get educated on the top risk factors for WA State, importance of managerial control and some outbreak data from WA State. This will also be a great session to ask any questions you have for the Spokane Health District.

2:45 p.m. Local Government Affairs Update

John Lane, Director of Local Government Affairs - Washington Hospitality Association

Zachary Lindahl, Local Government Coordinate - Spokane

Each year brings new issues on the local government front. Come and get the latest updates on what’s affecting Spokane.

4 p.m. Keynote: Spokane Tourism - Rebranding Launch


Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane

Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission

Spokane continues to be an exciting destination with public and private development underway as well as a regional brand identity project. Learn more about the Sportsplex plans for the north bank of the Spokane River from the Spokane Sport Commission CEO Eric Sawyer. This proposed project has made recent progress through the legislature and may soon be in the final stretch for approval by Spokane voters. Then hear from Cheryl Kilday, President and CEO of Visit Spokane about how the Spokane brand idea will help the region break through the clutter and leverage a common description and expression of Spokane to build a stronger identity and reputation paving the way for economic development and tourism opportunities.