Take the Money and Run 

A controversial company closed less than a year after arriving — so why did GSI use $150,000 of state money to woo it?

When Wendy Smith, industry manager for Greater Spokane Incorporated, first cold-called Vivint about coming to Spokane, it seemed perfect. After all, the alarm-turned-home-automation company was the fourth-fastest-growing firm in Utah. It had just been purchased for $2.1 billion by a behemoth…

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