External Relations

Strategic External Relations

Avista’s top executives hold leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations locally, regionally and nationally. These leadership roles bring expertise and experience to the organization, as well as strategic value to our company.

Organizations with Avista executives in volunteer leadership positions include:

American Gas Association
Business Development Corporation of Eastern Washington
Common Ground Alliance
Eastern Washington University
Edison Electric Institute
Gas Technology Institute
Gonzaga University
Greater Spokane, Incorporated
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Northwest Business Delivery Association
Northwest Energy Alliance
Northwest Gas Association
Spokane (WA) Mayor’s Task Force on Sustainability
United Way
University of Idaho
Washington Roundtable
Washington State University
Western Energy Institute

Stakeholder Groups Engaged

Avista employees are encouraged to engage in external relationships throughout the regions we serve, and hundreds of staff members are in volunteer leadership roles in these communities. Over 240 key stakeholder groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana have representatives from Avista serving as members, on their boards or in leadership positions. These include: health and human services organizations, civic organizations, environmental and non-governmental groups, economic development organizations, educational institutions and industry groups.

A complete list of stakeholder groups is available here.

Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters

Avista employees are actively involved in organizations that are making a significant difference in the sustainability of our region. Here are some examples:

Earth Advantage Institute

The Earth Advantage Institute, a Portland-based non-profit green building program provider that provides education, verification, and outreach to promote sustainable building and climate solutions. The organization focuses on new and existing residential, community, and commercial sectors in 14 states, delivering EPA’s Energy Star® for New Homes and USGBC’s LEED® for Homes program in addition to the Earth Advantage certification programs. More than 11,000 homes have been certified since 2005.

Palouse Basin Leadership Roundtable

The Palouse Basin Leadership Roundtable is a multi-state regional collaborative effort to develop strong leadership skills and understanding about the Palouse Basin aquifers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. As a follow-up to the annual Palouse Basin Water Summit, the Roundtable encourages local elected officials, water managers, university researchers, business leaders, environmental and conservation interests to focus as a region on water issues.

The Collaborative of North Central Idaho and Southeast Washington Economic Development Professionals

This newly formed group is developing a regional strategy centered on Green Technology Opportunities. The intent is to systematically educate the economic development community so that a cohesive strategy can be developed to capitalize on the opportunities in the green technology fields.

Inland Northwest Partners

Avista is a founding investor of the Inland Northwest Partners which is a non-profit organization focused on enhancing the long-term vitality of the Inland Northwest. The organization has operated for over 20 years and facilitates knowledge sharing to build a strong economic base among member communities. As part of their outreach to member communities, it offers the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance which focuses on creating prosperity by attracting jobs to the region.

Inland Pacific Hub

The Inland Pacific Hub planning project is a multi-agency, community-based effort created to establish the Inland Pacific region as a multi-modal global gateway to increase international commerce. Specifically for the eastern Washington and Idaho Panhandle region the goal of this bi-state undertaking is to develop a dynamic, safe, efficient, effective and sustainable multi-modal inter-and intra-jurisdictional transportation system that is a catalyst to a vibrant regional economy

University District

The University District is a live/work/play urban neighborhood where innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship, scholarship and neighborhood development come together to provide an ongoing stream of economic growth and business opportunity for the region. The district offers opportunities to address economic development issues, urban growth, environmental restoration, transportation and affordable housing needs.

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI)

Greater Spokane Incorporated is the Spokane region’s only Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. Avista was one of the founding members of this organization that has worked to build a stronger economy since 1889 by ensuring a world-class business climate. GSI does its work by joining with the local business community and other partners throughout the region in support of a healthy and vibrant environment in which to live, work and do business. It focuses on four key areas: economic development, workforce development, public policy and small business.