Spokane, WA

The Downtown Spokane Partnership is pleased to announce the hire of Pat Harper for their new position of Business Development Manager. “I had the opportunity to work with Pat for 8 years while at the county and 5 years prior to that from the private sector.” said DSP President Mark Richard.  “Pat is known for his dedication, can-do mind set and overall integrity.   We were fortunate to receive many strong applications for this position, however, Pat comes to us with such a wealth of experience in business and land use development, we feel he is the perfect fit for the Downtown Spokane Partnership as we grow our service deliver for our existing downtown businesses and ramp up our efforts in business and development recruitment to the downtown area.” 

Born and raised in the farm communities of Garfield and Prescott Washington this agrarian environment provided both a strong work ethic and a job to finance his college education at Eastern Washington University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  While completing his degree he worked full time as a contract land-use planner at Spokane County Planning Department and upon completion of his degree was hired as a full time employee.

For the next 35 years Pat’s experience grew not only in land-use planning but also real estate, engineering, management and customer service.  This varied experience included being a partner in a planning and development company; Transamerica Title as a Builder Services Manager; Chief Planner and Regional Engineering Project Manager for Thousand Trails Resorts, a national resort company; Washington State Department of Natural Resources Assistant Division Manager of the Real Estate Division and for the last 25 years working for Spokane County Engineering and Roads both as the Transportation Engineering Supervisor and for the last 16 years as the Engineering Administrator.

Pat has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Centennial Trail most recently as the vice-chair and has done extensive work creating and implementing the trail systems of Liberty Lake and Gleneden neighborhoods.  Pat has two grown children with his college sweetheart and wife of 35 years.

Pat will join the DSP team on August 10.