The greater Spokane region has become a recognized networking and telecommunications hub in the Pacific Northwest.
"Cheney understands the obstacles facing large and small businesses today. As such, city leaders go out of their way to ensure an open and friendly business environment. From quality education to a quick permitting process; from low utility costs to excellent transportation infrastructure, the city of Cheney is a smart choice for any employer looking to expand or relocate operations."
~ Washington State Representative Joe Schmick
The push has been led by companies like Itron, Inc., the world’s leading electronic meter reading and energy management software company; Telect, a producer of network infrastructure equipment; and AMX Autopatch Group, an electronic switching equipment manufacturer based in Cheney.
The story of AMX Autopatch Group is one that speaks to the possibilities created by the presence of Eastern Washington University’s Computer Science and Engineering programs. The Autopatch Group spun out of EWU by taking advantage of the wealth of electrical engineering and computer science knowledge flowing through Cheney.
The Washington State Digital Archives, located in Cheney, is another example of a group taking advantage of the area’s connectivity, highly skilled workforce, and higher quality of life.
The region also boasts a diverse and growing collection of entrepreneurial software firms including AdvantageIQ, Critical Logic, NextIT, and Agilent. Growth in this regional industry is largely attributed to the ability to attract and retain employees through the higher quality of life in the region, and through the availability of high speed infrastructure.