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MAC gets good news and a challenge in state budget

The Governor's recently released proposed 2015-2017 budget has good news for Spokane's Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), a modest increase in total state funding for the next biennium. It also comes with a challenge: for the Museum to..."develop a plan for creating a performance-based partnership between the State of Washington and the not-for-profit Museum of Arts & culture for implementation in the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium."

MAC Executive Director, Forrest Rodgers said that the MAC Board of Trustees had already begun planning for the partnership agreement. "The MAC, historically, has been underfunded and subject to unpredictable swings in State funding. Since late 2012 we’ve talked about reducing our dependence on State funding, and earlier this year the Board began discussing options for achieving that goal. One of the options Board members suggested is exploring a way to change the nature of our relationship with the State. Now, the Governor's proposed budget and challenge give us the opportunity to develop a path towards independence, while still holding the State accountable for maintaining the facilities and the collection. Our ultimate goal, of course, is to transform the MAC from being State-owned to being community-owned."

MAC Board President Peter Moye said, "Not many people realize that the MAC is a State agency, with State employees and all the accountability requirements of a government agency. A non-profit partnership agreement will increase the Board's fundraising responsibility and give the Director more operational flexibility. Also, it allows the MAC to focus on this community and the stakeholders who have been such loyal and generous supporters."

The modest increase in overall State authorization in the MAC's Operating Budget includes increases in fees for services (i.e. HR, IT, legal and accounting) from other State agencies, and mandated compensation adjustments. But, these are offset by a reduction in funding equal to one full-time position that now must be funded by earned income or reserves.

The plan to create a performance-based partnership will include strategies to increase non-State revenues for the operation of the Museum and estimate the minimum amount of State funding necessary to preserve, maintain and protect State-owned facilities and assets. According to Moye, "Initial response to the partnership concept, both locally and in Olympia has been favorable, and we’ve already been giving shape to the planning process."

The proposed 2015-2017 budget also includes $200,000 in Pre-Design Funding to study possible renovations to the Exhibit Hall and Cheney Cowles Center that increase non-State revenues. Both plans need to be submitted to the Office of Financial Management and the fiscal committees of the Legislature by October 1, 2016.

"The Governor's challenge is a wonderful opportunity for us. I really believe here is a pent-up demand in this community for the MAC to become something truly great - a cultural center that celebrates our history and art, so we welcome it and look forward to the work it will require." Rodgers said.

Spokane loses a "champion of the poor," as Larry Stuckart passes away

Larry Stuckart, retired executive director of SNAP, passed away early Sunday morning with his family at his side. He served for over 20 years as SNAP Executive Director and more than 37 years with the agency. He retired from the position in August of 2013. Over the years, Stuckart oversaw significant growth, numerous changes and was responsible for influencing the lives of many within our community. Few people have done as much to help the poor as Larry Stuckart.

In the early years SNAP had about nine employees and administered a Community Services Administration grant of about $125,000. Now, SNAP serves over 47,000 people annually with a budget of about $24.7 million dollars. The number of funding sources now numbers well over 150.

Stuckart’s first job at SNAP was a Gonzaga University student intern at the East Side Neighborhood Center as a food stamp clerk and janitor. He left for a short time and returned to fill other responsibilities until he was named Assistant Director of the Neighborhood Center programs in 1981. He had served as Executive Director since 1991. The name of the agency changed several times during his tenure, but always the mission has been to serve the needs of the poor, vulnerable and homeless in Spokane. And Larry Stuckart championed that mission every day.

On his retirement he said "As I look back, I am proudest of the services we have provided to give the people of the community an opportunity to receive a hand up with dignity. We have effectively welcomed the people in need through our doors and provided them with what they have needed to improve their lives."

Larry is survived by his wife Mary Anne, sons Ben (Ann) and Nick (Kelli), two grandchildren, a brother, Bob, and sister Mary. Funeral services will be announced soon.

RLHC Opens Franchise in Fort Collins, Colorado

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced the company opened a new franchise location in Colorado. This is the second location this owner has franchised with the company.

The Red Lion Inn & Suites Fort Collins, 3808 E. Mulberry Street, is located northwest of I-25 and State Highway 14. Offering complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, the hotel is near Colorado State University, Northern Colorado University, Agilent Technologies, Columbine Health Systems, Anheuser-Busch and Kodak.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of midscale and upscale hotels. Established in 1959, the company has more than 50 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

A new name and a new direction for STUDIO H Advertising & Design.

Graphic designer Hara Allison has rebranded her business STUDIO H Creative and is focusing on digital and print. Hara has earned a reputation for creating powerful design and web solutions quickly, affordably, and always with a smile on her face. Her contagiously positive attitude is evidenced in the work she does as well as her client relationships. Hara is focusing on designing WordPress sites as well as continuing with expertise in print and branding.

The new website is: studioh-creative.com.

Decorum gift shop moving

Decorum gift shop, currently at 305 West Second, is having a moving sale with 50% off their entire merchandise now through December 30 as they prepare to move to 126 North Washington street. The store will reopen March 1.

Decorum's eclectic array of merchandise includes everything from luggage tags hanging on a set of antlers, to elegantly set tables under crystal chandeliers. Much of the merchandise in the store is from local and regional artists. Owner Sandra Lambdin’s vision is to make it easy for shoppers to find small things that make people feel special. She focuses on a diverse mix of merchandise that allows for those gestures, without being stuffy and with a sense of humor.

Decorum carries gifts for weddings, graduations, babies and for that special someone whether male or female. We have a wide selection of cards, books and journals. We also carry home decor items and decorator upholstery fabrics for $3-$8 a yard.

The website is currently decorumon2nd.com. You can also check them out on facebook.

Liberty Lake Safeway to become Haggen

The Liberty Lake Safeway store, at 1233 N. Liberty Lake Road, will soon become a Haggen store as Bellingham, Wash.-based Haggen Inc. is purchasing 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores in a transaction expected to be completed by February. After the sale Haggen will grow from 18 grocery stores and 16 pharmacies in Washington and Oregon to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies in those states as well as California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Founded in 1933, Haggen, Inc. is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading grocery chains, operating stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh banner. It is the state’s sixth-largest private company with the majority of shares owned by Comvest Partners. Haggen is dedicated to providing customers with the best of the Northwest. For more than 80 years, it has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. Haggen is also deeply rooted in the communities it serves, providing support to local events and partnerships. For more information visit haggen.com.

Dentist Jason Keefe buys Five Mile Smiles dental practice

Jason Keefe D.M.D. has purchased retiring Dr. Andrew T. Biggs' Five Mile Smiles dentistry practice, includes the practice's 3,200-square-foot medical office building at 1625 W. Francis. the staff will remain the same.

The phone number for appointments is 509-326-2621.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day." Michael Josephson, author if the website whatwillmatter.com

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