Upcoming Speakers

February 2, 2023: Launch NW

  • 4 in 10 high school students in our region are not pursuing secondary education or workforce training. 
  • 1 in 3 people in our region is economically insecure.
  • 70% of projected job openings in our region will require some form of post-high school education or training. 
  • Washington ranks 49 of 50 states in students submitting applications for federal financial aid, leaving available financial support unused.
Imagine if an entire community came together to ensure every child has the opportunity — and support — to pursue their career and post-high school education of choice. This is the bold promise of LaunchNW, a community and economic vitality initiative spanning 20 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, impacting 102 school districts, nearly 150,000 students, and over one million residents. 

LaunchNW includes a scholarship program that serves as an incentive to communities to participate so their students can benefit. In addition to providing scholarships, LaunchNW also coordinates services and support to families so students can overcome the barriers to high school completion and to pursuing post-high school career opportunities.

Each county that participates can vary in its structure and collaborative governance model so the program may look different outside of Spokane County where the program is currently underway. LaunchNW recognizes that counties need the flexibility to meet the specific needs of each community throughout our region. 
 
Program coordinated by PJ Watters Hawley.
 
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February 9, 2023: Spokane Airport Update with Larry Krauter

Each of us, whether we fly commercially through “GEG” or privately at Felts Field, has come to appreciate the convenience and geographical reach provided by our Spokane airfields.  One only needs to travel elsewhere to appreciate how fortunate we are.  At the same time, one can’t help but notice that our facilities, especially at Spokane International, are busier by the month!  Whether in the parking lots, going through TSA, or in line at Starbucks, it’s clear that Spokane faces challenges in accommodating the growing traffic. 
 
Lawrence J. “Larry” Krauter will be coming to Rotary 21 on February 9 to provide an update on airport operations and plans for accommodating Spokane’s rapid growth.  Highly credentialed both professionally and as a pilot himself, Larry serves as CEO of Spokane International and Felts Field airports, in addition to the Airport Business Park.  Larry’s presentation will provide perspective as he addresses facilities improvement while dealing with stakeholders including TSA and the FAA at the Federal level, in addition to civic and environmental interests here at home.  
 
Program coordinated by Rick Voit.
 
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February 16, 2023: Poetry Reading with Mark Anderson

Mark L. Anderson lives and writes in Spokane, Washington. He co-founded the popular Broken Mic spoken word poetry series and has traveled the United States performing at open mics, poetry slams, taverns, coffee shops, and libraries. He has received a GAP award from Washington Artist Trust and was named the inaugural Ken Warfel Fellow by poetry night in 2012. From 2017 to 2019 he served as Spokane’s poet laureate. His first book, Scarecrow Oracle, was published by Korrektiv Press in 2022.
 
Program coordinated by Karen Mobley.
 
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Upcoming Speakers

Ben Small
Feb 02, 2023
LaunchNW
Larry Krauter
Feb 09, 2023
Spokane Airport Update
Mark Anderson
Feb 16, 2023
Poetry Reading
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