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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

When it comes to doing business, the Tribe believes in doing so in a way where everyone benefits. A core philosophy of our diversification strategy is to choose sustainable ventures that positively impact not only the Tribe, but also the surrounding community.

Since 2000, the Tribe has expanded its enterprises to include Northern Quest Resort & Casino, two Fatburger franchise restaurants, two Chevron fuel stations and convenience stores, the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Crossroads Restaurant, the Camas Center for Community Wellness, and Kalispel Linen Services, a commercial laundry facility. 

Currently, the Kalispel Tribe is beginning a $20 million expansion of Northern Quest Resort & Casino and high-end signature RV Resort.  The resort expansion will include Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, a family-friendly entertainment destination catering to children of all ages , additions to the food court and Windfall, a new retail store featuring a variety of outdoor recreational items, home goods and more.


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Direct Impact

Direct impact is tied to jobs, sales, etc., that are directly created by the Tribe and its entities.

  • The Tribe and its various entities directly provide close to 2,000 living-wage jobs in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties.  The Tribe is the top employer in Pend Oreille County and is in the top five private employers for Spokane County.*
  • The Tribe provides a payroll of approximately $4.2 million per month ($50 million annually).*
  • Approximately 80% of our employees are non-tribal.*
  • The Tribe and its various entities spend roughly $4.4 million per month ($52.7 million annually) on the purchase of goods and services.  A large portion of these purchases are made through local or locally affiliated businesses.*
  • Since 2000, the Tribe has donated more than $16 million to 300+ non-profits in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties in the areas of education, healthcare, arts & culture, social services, and environmental conservation. 

*Data per fiscal year 2015

​WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Historically, Pend Oreille County has had above average unemployment rates, hovering between 11.5% and 13.9%. Recognizing the need to prepare well-trained, educated people to the local workforce, the Kalispel Tribe and community partners have collaborated to develop strategies to help youth and adults obtain vocational training needed to acquire living wage jobs in the community. 

  • The Tribe invests roughly $2.2 million annually in education and workforce development.*
  • The Tribe operates the Kalispel Career Training Center in Usk, Washington, which provides career and technical education for youth and adults.
  • The Tribe is a partner in the new Pend Oreille Skills Center in Newport, Washington, which provides training for high school students in the field of automotive technology. 

*Data per fiscal year 2015