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The work of the Columbia Basin Development League, championing the Columbia Basin Project and serving as its fiercely committed voice and beacon for 56 years, could not be possible without the support of our distinguished sponsors and members. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, League...

Rob Curley closed the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Columbia Basin Development League, the first virtual meeting in the League’s history, with a message brimming with optimism and humor, which seemed to resonate with his audience during a pandemic. Curley, the editor of the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, opened by addressing his reputation as an innovator, noting the dismal state of the newspaper industry and poking a little fun at himself. “You all couldn’t get the horse-buggy maker to come and talk to you all about his innovations?,” he said.

The Columbia Basin Development League held its 2020 Annual Meeting virtually on Nov. 5, with more than 70 people tuning in. The COVID-19 pandemic kept the League from gathering in person, so the 90-minute meeting took place online for the first time in the League’s 56-year history. The Board Chair, Mark Stedman, described all the changes as “a new dynamic in this world that we live in. We will survive.” The meeting served as an opportunity to welcome new trustees, bid farewell to outgoing ones, update the bylaws and honor some distinguished guests and mainstays.
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