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6/26/2014 1:33:19 PM

Valley Chamber's CEO resigns
After 13 years leading the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Eldonna Shaw is resigning to pursue other professional interests. Her last day leading the organization will be July 31. 

The organization has appointed Barry Baker of Baker Construction and John Guarisco of MDI Marketing to co-chair a search committee to hire Shaw's successor. Baker, who is also chairman of the Chamber board, said the organization will plan opportunities in the coming weeks to honor and thank Shaw for her years of service.

During her time leading the Chamber, Shaw led public information efforts to form the city of Spokane Valley and helped create the charitable Spokane Valley Chamber Foundation. Much of her efforts focused on business start-ups, from forming programs to offer reduced-rent "incubator" space to championing the Chamber's nationally recognized NxLeveL Entrepreneur Training program. 

Baker said the search for Shaw's replacement would convene immediately. 

Express Scripts cuts jobs
The national pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, Inc. is reducing its Liberty Lake workforce by 100 jobs, leaving only 200 positions.

Through corporate restructuring, the Liberty Lake office at 23102 E. Appleway will be converted from an intake pharmacy to a customer prescription and insurance-coverage review center.  The Liberty Lake operation will retain 36 pharmacists, along with an estimated 164 other workers.

In 2012, Express Scripts acquired the assets Medco Health Solutions, who was the original pharmacy benefits manager in that building.

Express Scripts, based in St. Louis, has been an intake or front-end pharmacy center since the 1990s. The largest pharmacy benefits manager in the country, the company negotiates drug prices for large employers and major health insurers, as well as fills orders for their members and employees.

Vivint closes LL location
Vivint, Inc. closed the doors last month at its Liberty Lake location, 22425 E. Appleway Avenue, only a year after moving in.

The Utah-based company that sells residential security and energy management systems had hoped to create 400 call-center jobs in Spokane County. Company officials didn't offer an explanation for the June 27 closure or say how many workers the company employed there.

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) initially contacted Vivint, and the company selected Liberty Lake from ten potential locations. GSI helped the company receive a $150,000 grant to cover some of Vivint's relocation costs. The grant was from an economic development strategic reserve fund managed by the Washington governor's office. 

Local tech company brings D-Day to life
Hoping to educate a new generation, Liberty Lake technology company Gravity Jack recently developed an iPhone and iPad app to experience D-Day. Titled "D-Day: June 6, 1944," the app profiles veterans who served during the war and takes you through hours of the battle in just two minutes. 

Gravity Jack created the app with The Greatest Generation Foundation to ensure it was an authentic experience. For more, go to

Splash modifies delivery
The Splash recently modified its monthly distribution cycle. Instead of hitting mailboxes on the last Thursday of the month, The Splash is now scheduled to arrive in homes by or before the first day of each month, allowing more purpose and flexibility with the publication timing. 

The change was made to allow the company to better fulfill their mission of informing, connecting and inspiring communities. For more, go to

Itron awarded contract
Itron, Inc. was awarded a metering contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation's largest municipal utility.

LADWP will use Itron's cellular solution to supply advanced time-of-use and net time-of-use residential, commercial and industrial electric metering to LADWP's customers. This will help the municipal utility improve customer service, expand green energy initiatives and meet increasing demands from applications for solar net-metered residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city. For more, go to

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