Tribal Panel

Tribal Economic Development Panel

Spokane Convention Center: 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Room 402


Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $40.00

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Join us Thursday, September 7th to hear from our region’s tribal economic development directors on their plans for development and improvements.

Panelists will address:

  • How your agency selects A/E/C consultants for development and associated improvement projects
  • ​How A/E/C consultants can better respond to project RFQ’s and RFP’s

  • What the main hurdles are for your team to get projects designed and built (e.g. local permitting) and how consultants can help mitigate those challenges
  • Types of projects in development for design and build in the next five years


  • Brandon Haugen, General Manager, Kalispel Development Company
  • Mike Tedesco, Planning & Economic Development Director, Spokane Tribe of Indians


Jeff Warner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, ALSC Architects
With over 38 years in the industry, Jeff has provided innovative design solutions for landmark projects throughout the Spokane region including the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and the recently completed Spokane Convention Center expansion. He is currently Principal-in-Charge of the current 40,000 square foot expansion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

An effective communicator and team leader, Jeff has been involved with multiple civic and professional groups that influence the vitality of our City. Jeff is a Principal at ALSC Architects, founded in 1947 with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. A LEED Accredited Professional, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Washington State University in 1979 with study at the University of Copenhagen.

Brandon Haugen, General Manager, Kalispel Development Company

Mike Tedesco, Planning & Economic Development Director, Spokane Tribe of Indians
Mike Tedesco is the Planning and Economic Development Director for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. He administers all planning and construction projects for the Tribe and engages with critical stakeholders to help move projects forward. Mike’s largest accomplishment during his three years with the Tribe was winning a Promise Zone designation from President Obama – a highly competitive award that provides federal preference to designees and access to the highest levels of federal government.

Mike’s has spent his career in public sector economic development, directly administering approximately $400 million in construction projects to date. By day, he’s a professional economic developer; by night, he also writes about economic development via his blog He lives in the City of Spokane with his wife, Caitlin, and two kids, Madelyn and Cooper. 

Thank you to our Sponsor Lydig!

LYDIG was founded and incorporated in Spokane, Washington in 1956, Lydig Construction has grown from a 4-person organization into one of the largest construction service providers in the state. Its employees carry on the culture, traditions and values which help separate Lydig as a provider of premier construction services throughout the country. The knowledge and capabilities their dedicated staff are diverse, offering a wide range of construction services which include K-12 and higher education, commercial, office/TI, government, detention, biotechnology, medical, hospitality, data/technology centers and heavy industrial work.

Lydig recently completed the $35M Colville Tribal Government Center in Nespelem, WA and has just begun construction on the $20M Northern Quest Casino Expansion for the Kalispel Tribe.

*Note: MAS members receive free parking. For Non-members, event parking is $8-10 at the Convention Center. Please provide 72 hours notice to receive reimbursement for cancellations.

RSVP per the MAS website by Monday, August 31st to guarantee your spot. For more information, please contact Leslie Hebert at

Interested in being a Sponsor? Contact Brooke Giordano at

If you have dietary restrictions for lunch, please contact Terri McRae at

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