Strong Community

Strong Community

Our vision: a prosperous, enterprising Spokane County, sustained by a diverse network of robust workforce resources.

There are many organizations and entities that are a part of the workforce system in Spokane, including private businesses, education and training providers, career development services like WorkSource, fellow workforce-minded non-profits, labor, city and county government, and chambers of commerce and economic development agencies.

We help link this system together by acting as a default workforce HQ. We accomplish this in many ways, starting with our Strategic Plan for Workforce Development that articulates the different roles each partner plays in our system and sets the goals for our community. Our board of directors includes members representing all the key stakeholders from our community who help guide our service and investment strategies. We also collaborate at the state and local levels to develop a supportive policy environment and implement initiatives that result in better outcomes for our local businesses and workers. Our community-wide efforts are aimed at forging strategic partnerships and coordinating efforts to achieve greater positive impacts. 


We’re adept at finding unique funding sources for workforce projects, often combining a variety of grants to fund a project and successfully sustain it over time.

82% of our 6.2-million-dollar operating budget is reinvested back into workforce projects for Spokane.

Smart workforce development means knowing what’s trending, what’s working, what’s new, and what’s next.

We make sure that partners in the workforce system are operating from the latest data and insights and are well-positioned for the future.

We constantly look for gaps in our local workforce landscape where we can engage to invest resources, develop and implement strategies, and strengthen efforts of everyone working on behalf of Spokane’s working world.

Featured Initiatives

Spokane Resource Center

The SWC has partnered with the City and many local social services agencies to create a one-stop resource center for area residents, located upstairs in the current WorkSource building.

Career Explore Northwest

The SWC has partnered with KSPS to provide the data for their Career Explore Northwest initiative, a project that aims to help high school students in the region research potential careers in in-demand industries and plan for their future.

New WorkSource Talent Solutions Center

The Spokane Workforce Council is opening a business services one-stop center on the WorkSource campus. This will be the first WorkSource site dedicated solely to business services in the state of Washington. Our amazing Business Engagement Team will be moving into the new suite early in 2019. This suite is co-located with the Spokane Workforce Council, giving us a great opportunity to offer consolidated business services, from labor market data and market research, to talent acquisition services, hiring and networking events, and professional development opportunities.

The center will be located at 140 S Arthur St, Suite 300B. We are also opening an Event Center in the same office suite which will be available for trainings, networking events, and more.

Our Supporters

We are grateful to the many businesses, foundations, philanthropic entities and individuals that partner with us in support of our work, from funding special projects, to helping us build capacity, to partnering on initiatives. Would you like to partner with us? Click here to contact our Development Director.


Cecelia White and Family

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Gayle Clayeux

Jason and Staci Franz

Machelle and Mark Johnson

Mattke Family

Mundschenk Family

Second Harvest INW

Spherion Staffing

Windermere Foundation

Women’s Funding Alliance

Sign up for our e-newsletter!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Scroll to Top Skip to content