Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Wins “Inspiring Workplace” Award


Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel Wins “Inspiring Workplace” Award

Annual Honor from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber Bolsters Resort’s Reputation as a Business Leader

(Worley, Idaho; May 1, 2024) – Continuing a streak of impressive recognition as a respected business leader, Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel won the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber “Inspiring Workplace Award’ in the Large Business category at a ceremony on March 27 at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center.

The award is annually bestowed upon an area business that has “demonstrated an excellent place to work and the individual roles within, shining a spotlight on their inspirational leaders who strive to deliver a better experience for their colleagues.” Accepted by Community Outreach Specialist JR Gustin, the honor was one of six given during the ceremony, which recognizes organizations that excel in business innovation, create inspiring workplaces, and lead through community stewardship.

“We are thrilled to receive such esteem from an important local business authority,” said Laura Penney, CEO, Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “For 31 years we have operated on the premise that every employee, guest, and community partner is part of our family. As one of the area’s largest employers, we strive daily to strengthen that ethic.


“This honor reaffirms our commitment to our staff, immediate neighbors and the larger hospitality and gaming industries. We take our place in the market seriously and do our jobs with great joy and welcoming spirit.”


Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel is a tribally owned property located  a 50-minute drive from Spokane International Airport.  In March, the resort and its amenity golf course, Circling Raven won “Best Casino” and “Best Golf Course” from the Coeur d’Alene Press in its “The Best of North Idaho” awards program and earlier this year it was named  “Large Business of the Year” as part of the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business & Nonprofit Partner Awards.


In addition, Circling Raven, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, improved by 10 places from last year’s ranking of “Top 200 U.S. Resort Courses, 2024,” an annual compilation of America’s finest places to play that is published conjointly by Golfweek and USA TODAY.


Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel offers more than 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, wedding venues, a newly remodeled event center, and the striking Stensgar Pavilion, a stand-alone 5,800-square-foot structure featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces and a “living roof” full of natural Palouse grasses and wildflowers.


In addition to casino gaming, 300 guest rooms and 14 suites, the tranquil Spa Ssakwa’q’n, one of the largest in the Inland Northwest at 15,000 square feet, allows ample space for guests to spread out and unwind in idyllic settings. There is also a wide variety of casual and fine dining experiences, highlighted by the resort's signature restaurant, Chinook Steak, Seafood & Pasta, renowned for its woodfire grill, eclectic menu and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and main dishes.


Visit or call 800-523-2464 for more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel and its amenities.


About Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The casino resort is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 850-1,100 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.3 million to education in the region since it opened. Additionally, millions more have gone in support of a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities and programs in the Pacific Northwest. Named Tribal Destination of the Year in 2019 by AIANTA and winning the silver Distinguished Dozen award from Courier in 2019 and 2020, the property features 300 rooms and suites, seven distinct food and beverage venues and entertainment including live music and comedy as well as hands-on tours and experiences through the casino’s Cultural Tourism Program. Three million-dollar winners have found their luck on 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering nearly 1,200 video gaming machines and high stakes bingo. Additional amenities include a 15,000 square foot spa voted 1st for “Resort Spas that deliver the Ahh Factor'' by (2012), 40,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor wedding locations and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S. The Gene Bates designed course is home to the Circling Raven Championship, an Epson Tour “Road to the LPGA'' event, held annually in August. LIKE Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter. For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino, visit



Photo caption: JR Gustin, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Community Outreach Specialist (center) receives the “Inspiring Workplace-Large Business Category Award” from Lance Beck, President & CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (right) and Manny Hochheimer, Idaho Central Credit Union Assistant Vice President of Washington Branches (left), March 27, 2024.


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Dan Shepherd, Dan Shepherd Public Relations, 703-403-5317,

Yvette Matt, Marketing Manager, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, 208-500-9989