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 $8.2-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

Trade Up 2 Construction Launches in Spokane County

We are excited to partner with the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors and WorkSource Spokane to cultivate the construction industry in Spokane County.

Career Explore Northwest

The SWC has partnered with KSPS to provide the data for the Career Explore Northwest initiative, an interactive website to introduce young people to career opportunities in our region.

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 Manager.


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

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