New online game – spot the Spokane Convention Center expansion bump in local employment!
April 27, 2014
The Spokane Convention Center is building its 3rd expansion since the year 2000.
They promised us more jobs – can you spot the jobs increase in the City of Spokane?
Good thing Spokane has such a booming economy with huge job growth typical of the State! Oh wait, its once fast growing job market collapsed and has since flat lined.
Of course, they also promised more jobs and more visitors. Surely this shows up in the hotel industry employment, as a great proxy for visitors to Spokane? After all 54% of all money spent by convention center visitors, they say, goes to the hotel industry.
Hospitality (hotels) industry employment in the City of Spokane since 1993 (data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics):
Just eyeballing the chart the low point is about the high point in 1997. Hmmmm.
Well, at least they have increasing attendance at the PFD facilities, thanks to all those expansion projects!
The Spokesman-Review says the PFD is awesome and doing fantastic! And we all know everything the Spokesman-Review publishes is highly accurate, never spun as a propaganda – of course!
Okay, so all those visitors are not hiding out at the Convention Center. Where could they possibly be?
They said expansion would produce more visitors so the airport surely shows lots more passengers?
Sure is a mystery to us. They promised more jobs and more visitors. They must be hiding here somewhere. May be selling prostitution on East Sprague or door-to-door meth sales?
They could not possibly have lied to us, could they? Could they? …
I know, let’s build a Spokane Field House downtown because that will surely increase visitors and jobs! Then add a heated pedestrian/bike bridge. But why stop there? Let’s build a downtown trolley! And then light rail to the airport!
But whatever we do, don’t let the Spokane Indians build a casino/shopping/entertainment/convention center complex because the Spokane area doesn’t need more jobs. And besides, it would compete with the downtown business cartel. Oops. We were not supposed to say that.
Related: All those self promotion programs to attract tourists dollars look to be a fraud too.
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