The building will create additional space and versatility at the center, increasing its ability to attract and support multiple conferences and special events. It is estimated the expanded facility would generate $3.9 million in new visitor spending annually.
The Fair and Expo Center sits on 97 acres along Spokane Valley’s western boundary at 404 N. Havana St. Spokane County will provide the land for the new building; Fair and Expo staff will maintain, manage and market it.
The building is envisioned to be attached to the northwest corner of the existing facility. It will include new conferencing space, a full-service restaurant, administrative and ticket sales offices, and a stylish entry that welcomes visitors.
Operated by the county, the Fair and Expo Center has a long and successful history of hosting events in Spokane Valley, including RV, auto and boat shows; equestrian events; and hobby, craft and vintage shows.
The facility boasts 140,000-square-feet of indoor exhibit space, a 5,200-seat grandstand arena, and livestock facilities for the fair, which will celebrate its 70th year in 2021. An expansion of the Fair and Expo Center aligns with the City of Spokane Valley’s economic and tourism strategy. It is also consistent with the Expo Center's 50-year master plan.
In 2015, a formal study completed by the city’s consultant, Community Attributes Inc., identified a strong connection between retail and tourism development.
An analysis of retail sectors showed the city lagged behind in retail sales per capita in tourism-related sectors, including accommodations (lodging establishments), food services and drinking places, and performing arts/spectator sports. In partnership with the county, the city began exploring the concept of expanding the center in 2017.
A preliminary footprint of the floor plan for the 32,300-square-foot expansion includes:
The building's new entrance will face E. Broadway Avenue.
The city estimates the building would cost about $10 million to construct on land currently owned by the county. To date, the city has set aside $2.9 million in lodging tax proceeds to utilize for construction. The city requesting a $4 million capital appropriation from the state in 2020, but the appropriation was not fully funded. The city will continue to seek additional state and federal funding to support the project.
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Economic Development Manager
City of Spokane Valley
Content updated 04/8/2021