Spokane's University District is a 770 acre tax increment finance district. Adjacent to the downtown core, this high priority area contains Riverpoint campus, the urban branch location for five higher education institutions, Sirti technology incubator, and Gonzaga University. With the Medical District also nearby, Spokane’s University District has a strong high tech and health employment focus. Mayor Verner and city staff are partners with civic leaders in strategic planning as capital improvements like the new Martin Luther King Junior Way and Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge take shape this year.
Job creation is a top priority with local and state partners building on the research facilities of the universities as well as the Sirti incubator. Planning principles include sustainable growth with infrastructure that supports car, transit, and non-motorized transportation facilities, infill development and energy efficiency strategies. The City takes a multifaceted approach to support growth and development in this target area.
The Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge is one example of strategic public investment. The Bridge will provide a critical linkage between the research activities of the Riverpoint Campus, Gonzaga University, and Sirti and business locations, housing, goods, and services south of the rail corridor. The goal is to help spur private sector economic development and create an environment for innovation and collaboration.
The University District Target Area is across the street from the downtown core, along the Spokane River and surrounded by historic residential neighborhoods. The Centennial Trail connects the area to neighborhoods and downtown and offers an excellent resource for alternative transportation and recreation. Commercial sites and buildings for sale or lease within the University District TIF, along with business analysis tools, can be found at SelectSpokane.com.
The University District Target Area unites public improvements, anticipated private investment, and business district organization to accelerate economic development and fuel continued regional economic growth. These successful partnerships with the universities, business, neighborhoods, and other economic organizations along with steady strategic investment, have resulted in phenomenal growth over the past ten years.
- University District Advisory Board and Council
- University District Businesses
- Greater Spokane Incorporated
- Downtown Spokane Partnership