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Why don't the tech people stay? It's not because there aren't enough arts or because of the culture.
It's because no one here wants to pay us.
The entrepreneurs and the CEOs wave the "you'll get stock" and "low cost of living" banners around, but they don't realize that they're simply perpetuating the status quo, the "prevailing wages" to their own detriment.
The best developers in town are all freelancers, doing work for non-Spokane businesses because that's the only way to get pay commensurate to their skills.
The reality is, if people can make $10-$20k more a year in Seattle or Portland for the same job, then we'll continue to leave and get those jobs, bourgois art scene be damned.
Dennis's comment about companies trading people is totally on point, at least from my perspective as a web designer. (Does web design fit into the criteria?)
Companies like Global CU have done such a tremendous thing in sponsoring and using all the tremendous local artistic talent (like Tiffany Patterson), we need more companies to realize just how important it is, and the City to buy into it too.
Your comment about Startup Weekend is unfair to many of those involved. Startup Weekend was brought to Spokane specifically to help obviate some of the issues under discussion here, and it has helped foster a large and active new startup community that's largely independent of the "old boy" network that exists in Spokane.There may be some clique mentality in some of the other groups, but Startup Weekend (in particular Brett Noyes) is practically begging the community and local business partners to get involved.
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