Summit Policy Tours
Learn first-hand the key issues in our region on policy tours to the greater Spokane area.
Sign up for policy tours during registration; more tours will be announced in the lead up to the Summit.
If already registered, you can still go back and edit your registration. Call PNWER at (206) 443-7723 with questions.
Policy tours are not refundable on or after July 1
Wednesday, July 25 2:30pm -5:30pm
TOUR IS NOW FULL
Fairchild AFB is home to a wide variety of units and missions. Most prominent is it air refueling mission. Other units here include the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school, medical detachments, a weapons squadron, and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.
Over 5,200 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and tenant organization military and civilian employees work on Fairchild, making the base the largest employer in Eastern Washington. Fairchild's annual economic impact on the Spokane Community is approximately $427 million, constituting 13 percent of the local economy.
Attendees will be given a tour of the base's facilities, and learn more about the important role the base plays in the local economy.
NOTE: Due to strict security requirements, all participants must be registered to attend by June 8. Attendees will be asked to provide their social security number in advance for security clearance. All attendees will need to bring their passport with them on the tour for access to the base.
Wednesday, July 25 2:30pm -5:30pm
Washington’s aerospace industry fuels jobs for thousands of families and travel for billions of passengers each year. In addition to the world headquarters for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Washington is home to 1,400 aerospace-related business establishments that design and manufacture products ranging from seats and fasteners to in-flight entertainment systems. There is at least one aerospace-related company in 35 of Washington’s 39 counties.
Kaiser Aluminum’s Trentwood facility in Spokane County, founded in 1946, is an important part of the supply chain in Aerospace, automotive, and industrial applications, and an integral part of the Spokane community for the past 70 years. The facility currently employs approximately 950 people at the expansive 515 acre plant (including over 60 acres under one roof!) Kaiser’s North American manufacturing facilities combined currently produce and ship more than 600 million pounds of product annually. The rolling mill in Spokane produces plate and sheet for aerospace and general engineering applications, serving to strengthen Washington’s vital aerospace supply chain, as well as play a role in the economic development of the Inland Northwest.
In the past decade, the facility has experienced significant growth in production, driven largely by the growth in the commercial aerospace order backlog and increasing building rates.
Kaiser Aluminum continues to be a sustaining brand as well as a recognized leader in metallurgy, process technology, and innovative, highly engineered solutions.
Participants will receive an overview of Kaiser Aluminum’s operations, followed by a tour of their impressive production facilities that play an important role in supporting Washington State’s growing aerospace economy.
Explore innovative energy sites in Eastern Washington!
Wednesday, July 25 | 7:30am - 12:00pm
Free for Legislators! PNWER energy consultant the Hon. Jeff Morris has arranged for a tour on the cutting edge smart community work in the United States right here in Spokane. We start with a tour of the largest smart metering company in the world, Itron, based just outside of Spokane.
We will then tour the Urbanova site at the WSU. The six founding partners of Urbanova, signed a memorandum of understanding to align their efforts around a shared vision and purpose for the smart community project. For more than two years, the partners, including Avista, the City of Spokane, Itron, McKinstry, the University District Development Association and Washington State University (WSU), have been working to create a living laboratory to design cities of the future in the 770-acre University District, adjacent to Spokane's downtown core.
Please join us to tour one of the world’s leading developers of smart communities Itron in Liberty Lake, WA outside of Spokane. Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We provide comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Itron applies knowledge and technology to better manage energy and water resources.
We will then stop at Urbanova. Two years in the making, Urbanova’s plan was formalized September 2016 with partners including the Spokane city government, Avista, Itron, engineering firm McKinstry, and Washington State University.
The project in Spokane’s 770-acre University District will start with networked streetlights -- a fairly common and cost-effective smart city application. But it will eventually grow to include air quality sensors, medical devices, and distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar panels, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles and energy-smart building control systems.
You will back to the PNWER summit for Lunch. We have a limit of 24 people for this tour.
Columbia River Treaty SymposiuM and Tours
PNWER will hold a Symposium exploring the Columbia River system, the current Treaty and its impacts on the region.
The full Symposium consists of: