New Manhattan Project National Historical Park Designated By Congress

Nearly 10 years in the making, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Hanford, Los Alamos and Oak Ridge is about to become a reality.  The Congressional effort to establish this new park was led by Congressman Doc Hastings and strongly supported by Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill which carried language to establish this new National Park, was passed overwhelmingly by both the House of Representatives (300 to 199); and the Senate (85 to 14)!

The Bill reads:  “The purposes (of this National Park) are –
1.    To preserve and protect for the benefit of present and future generations the nationally significant historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project;
2.    To improve public understanding of the Manhattan Project and the legacy of the Manhattan Project through interpretation of the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project;
3.    To enhance public access to the Historical Park consistent with protection of public safety, national security and other aspect of the mission of the Department of Energy; and
4.    To assist the Department of Energy, Historical Park communities, historical societies, and other interested organizations and individuals in efforts to preserve and protect the historically significant resources associated with the Manhattan Project.

“Tri-City organizations such as the B Reactor Museum Association (BRMA), TRIDEC and the Visitor and Convention Bureau; teamed with  other communities (Oak Ridge and Los Alamos), and with national organizations such as the Atomic Heritage Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Energy Communities Alliance, from across the U.S., to gain support for this new park,” said Carl Adrian, President of TRIDEC.  “ A 26-person team from the above organizations worked extremely hard over the past three years, increasing their intensity this past six months, to get this language in the bill, and then protect it from being deleted in just the last few days of this Congress.”

The real intent of the new National Park is to give recognition to the more than 100,000 individuals who came from all over the U.S. and world, to build the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor (B Reactor); as well as all of the other buildings, and equipment necessary to develop the two bombs that ended World War II.   And this effort was done concurrently at all three locations – Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford!

The legislation provides an inventory of properties and historic districts to be included in the park.  Among them are the world’s first-of-a-kind B Reactor at Hanford; the Y-12 Calutron plant for separating uranium isotopes at Oak Ridge; and the buildings where the first atomic bombs were assembled at Los Alamos.

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be one of the few parks to focus on American industry and highlight the work of physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and other scientists.  The park should become a catalyst for teaching about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and increasing America's understanding of the nexus between science and society.

The legislation establishes the park no later than one year after enactment (which is when the President signs the bill sometime in the next two weeks).  Consistent with this timing, the Departments of Energy and Interior have one year to enter an agreement defining respective roles and responsibilities and addressing how to enhance public access, preserve historic properties, and interpret the history for the public.

Communities that are closer than 60 miles to a National Park are termed “gateway communities” and the studies on the impact of visitor spending in such communities show it will be a game changer for the tourism industry in the Tri-Cities region.   In 2013, National Park Service visitors spent $14.6 billion in gateway communities which supported 238,000 jobs.   “Indeed, the establishment of a National Park in our region will provide stable economic vitality to the Tri-Cities for years to come,” said Kris Watkins, President Visit Tri-Cities.

“TRIDEC and Visit Tri-Cities are already developing a community working group to meet the legislation’s requirements for the Park Service and DOE to consult with, and invite input from the community in order to develop public access, manage interpretations, and historic preservation for this new National Park,” Carl said.  “Many of the Tri-Cities knowledgeable individuals who ‘lived’ the development of the Manhattan Project are now aging, and our community needs to capture their history, their input and their suggestions as soon as possible.”


Click Here to Download the Language for the Manhattan National Park

Click Here to Download the Language Regarding Land Transfer

Click Here to Download the Language for Public Access to Rattlesnake Mountain

Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Hanford Site Analysis Final Report

On March 6, 2014, the state of Washington awarded a grant to the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) to study the Hanford Site as a possible location to construct one of the nation’s initial small modular reactor (SMR). This study explores the feasibility of redeploying existing assets at Hanford to realize potential cost savings from current Hanford operations, which can offset the high costs of licensing and constructing an initial SMR on the site.


The study concluded that siting an SMR generating station at Hanford is technically feasible and many benefits come from using the existing infrastructure, local nuclear workforce, and other regional assets. Siting SMRs at Hanford will require a close partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), state of Washington, and regional utilities and power planners.


Click Here to Download the SMR Site Analysis Presentation

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Click Here to Download the SMR Hanford Site Analysis Supporting Documentation

Tim Peckinpaugh Luncheon

Tim Peckinpaugh Luncheon Dec 17

Join TRIDEC for a Post-Election Congressional Briefing from K & L Gates Tim Peckinpaugh, TRIDEC's lobbyist for over 25 years. Tim comes to us from Washington D.C., with expertise in energy, environmental and natural resource legislative and funding issues.  December 17, 2014 at Anthology Event Center in Richland, 12:00-1:00p.m. $25 Members  $28 Non Members  Register Online Today

Tri-Cities in Site Selection Magazine

Site Selection Magazine "Manufacturing a Game Changing Cluster" by Patty Rasmussen
Resistance is futile. That's what automaker BMW and German carbon materials producer SGL determined when it came to the lure of cheap electricity in eastern Washington. 
In May 204, the two companies announced a $200 million investment which, combined with a previous expansion, will triple the facility's output, making the Moses Lake facility the world's largest carbon fiver plant with an annual output of 9,000 tons. 
Continue Editorial Here.

Tri-Cities Community Branding, Development and Marketing Action Plan

TRIDEC, the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau and Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce have been leading efforts to develop a new brand identity for the Tri-Cities. Destination marketing expert, Roger Brooks, has been facilitating the process of creating a unified, distinct and sustainable regional brand.


Download the Executive Summary of the Branding, Development and Marketing Action Plan

2014 Grow Manufacturing Luncheon & Expo


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Grow Manufacturing Luncheon & Expo Features:

Moss Adams, LLP Keynote Speaker Presentation
Dave Zepponi, Past President, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA)

Mr. Zepponi will discuss the steady growth of the second largest industry in the Pacific Northwest - Food Processing. 

Impact Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award
ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston

Accepting the Award will be Mr. Greg Schlafer, President, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston.  Mr. Schlafer will be presenting a brief overview of the company's history in the Columbia Basin.


11a-12p     Exhibition for Luncheon Attendees Only
12p-1:30p  Luncheon
1:30p-3p    Exhibition Open to the Public



Exhibitor Cost: $200

Luncheon Attendee: $35

Table of 8: $250

Expo Attendee: FREE


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TRIDEC Rolls Out New Economy Target Industries

Click HERE to Download the TadZo Executive Summary of the New Economy Target Industries

TRIDEC’s 51st Annual Meeting

Register Today to Attend TRIDEC’s 51st Annual Meeting

Join TRIDEC as we rollout the new economy target industries.
Allison Larsen, TadZo, and Don Schjeldahl, The Don Schjeldahl Group, are the consultants that have been working on the New Economy Target Industries Study.
Allison and Don have completed their analysis of the competitive strengths and weaknesses that exist within the Tri-Cities and will be presenting the results.

Come and learn what new industries TRIDEC will be targeting!

TRIDEC’s Annual Meeting Program will include a review of 2013 activities, recognition of outgoing board members, and introduction of the 2014 Board of Directors.


Register Online or Call 509-735-1000

Concept Plan for Future Public Access to the Hanford Site

View MacKay Sposito Presentation Here

The Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), and the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau have been working with a local firm, MacKay Sposito, for the past 10 months to develop a draft community vision of possible public access to portions of the Hanford Site sometime in the future as the site is cleaned up.  The public is encouraged to attend one of the four meetings to be held in the Tri-Cities.


Monday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. – Bechtel Board Room, Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center

Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. – Richland Community Center

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. – Franklin PUD Community Room


These public meetings will be designed to share the draft vision, and to receive input from the community concerning future public access to the Hanford site. MacKay Sposito was hired by TRIDEC and TCVCB, using funds received through a grant from URS Corporate offices, and funding from both TRIDEC and the Visitor and Convention Bureau.   The design of the study was to prepare a “community vision” for possible future public access to the Hanford Site.  The study was based on DOE’s stated plan to shrink the active footprint of the site from 586 square miles, to 75 square miles by the end of 2015.

Encompassed within this draft vision, are many of the Fish and Wildlife Department’s future plans for public access to the Reach National Monument, for which they are responsible. 

The Tri-Cities community should recognize that public access might not even begin to take place within the next few years.   However, absent a community vision of future access to the site, one that can be shared with DOE and actively pursued by both the community and the Department of Energy, the community might have little say in what happens in the future.

Tri-Cities Branding Survey

Take the Tri-Cities Branding Survey Here

The Tri-City Development Council, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce are stepping up to solve our community's identity crisis. We're excited by the prospect of a brand for our region. If done right, it should help invigorate our state's tourism industry as well as our own, and finally give us an answer to the question: Where are you from? To help us in our brand development, residents of the Tri-Cities area are encouraged to participate in a brand survey to weigh in on the future of the Tri-Cities. 

Join us for Lunch with Tim Peckinpaugh

On Thursday November 21, 2013, Tim Peckinpaugh, TRIDEC's lobbyist with K & L Gates, WA D.C., will be presenting on the Legislative Impacts from Capitol Hill. 

When: Thursday November 21, 2013

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Where: Richland Red Lion

*Click here to register

2014 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

2014 Economic Outlook

A Legislative Update from Capitol Hill

Gov. Jay Inslee Supports SMRs

On August 6, 2013, Governor Jay Inlsee wrote to DOE Secretary of Energy Moniz regarding his support of SMRs. 

"I am writing in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (USDOE) initiative to facilitate the development of small modular reactors in the United States, and to promote a domestic SMR industry that will advance carbon-free energy and avoid the financial burden imposed by large nuclear reactor plant construction.

The Tn-Cities community in Eastern Washington is an ideal partner for the USDOE in this initiative. As you know, the Tn-Cities is home to USDOE’s Hanford Site — formerly a key component of our nation’s defense weapons complex, and today host to the nation’s largest stockpile of nuclear waste.

Cleanup of the Hanford Site is one of my highest priorities. By siting an SMR plant at Hanford
on land leased by Energy Northwest, we can help meet the growing power requirements for the
cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Waste Vitrification Plant is an integral part of
this cleanup and will require an additional 70 MWe of electrical power by the end of this decade.
In addition, USDOE ‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will also require nearly 30 MWe
of additional electricity. I encourage you to consider meeting USDOEs own power demands by
supporting the siting of an SMR plant at the Energy Northwest site, and thereby helping to
advance new SMR technology development and supporting the cleanup effort."

Click here to read the full letter from Gov. Jay Inslee



The 10th Anniversary Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium will be held April 17-18, 2013 at TRAC Center in Pasco, WA with the partnership of the Tri-City Development Council, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Hanford SIte Contractors and the U.S. Department of Energy. EVENT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

2013 Bridging Partnerships 10th Anniversary Event

50th Anniversary Celebration: A Night at the Oscars

2013 Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook


If your company is doing business with government contracting at Hanford or other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites, TRIDEC invites you to read the following information concerning potential impacts on you and your business from a recent Small Business Administration (SBA) contracting mandate.

The U.S. Department of Energy is being pressured by SBA to assume direct accountability for small business contract awards. As a result, DOE-Hq. is mandating performance goals to DOE field offices to support this initiative.
As an example, the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office has a new Fiscal Year 2012 key performance goal to establish 5% of its annual funding (approximately $50 million) in direct (prime) small business contracts. The requirement for FY 13 and FY 14 is 10%. For DOE-RL, this amounts to $100 million.
While on the surface this sounds like a good thing, TRIDEC has concerns about the impact of this change to our members and our local economy.
The following link  is provided to allow you, our members, to make an informed decision as to whether this new mandate helps, or hinders our local small businesses.


ISORAY Announces Financing of $3.5 Million to Advance its GliaSite and New Emerging Cancer Solutions for Internal Radiation Therapy

Richland, WA (July 16, 2012) - - IsoRay, Inc. (AMEX: ISR), a medical technology company and innovator in seed brachytherapy and medical radioisotope applications, announced today that it has entered into agreements with certain institutional investors for a registered direct placement of approximately $3.5 million of common stock at a price of $0.965 per share. Gross proceeds will be approximately $3.5 million, before deducting placement agent's fees and estimated offering expenses. A more complete description of the terms and conditions for the financing are available in the Form 8-K filed today by the Company.

IsoRay CEO Dwight Babcock stated, "These additional proceeds will allow the company to continue to expand its marketing efforts and new product development. IsoRay's credibility in the marketplace, achieved through its recent launch of the GliaSite balloon catheter and other devices/applications for internal radiation therapy, created the opportunity for this stock only transaction."

The offering is expected to close on or about July 19, 2012, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. VIEW FULL RELEASE HERE.

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The Tri-Cities acquired another prestigious accolade in 2012 as Richland was recently named the second greatest city to raise children in the nation by  Richland's rating was based on the number of public parks and playgrounds, spending per capita for education, income levels, and affordability.

Earlier this year the Tri-Cities was named the most secure mid-sized community in the country after a Farmer's Insurance Study. The U.S. Census Bureau also announced that the Tri-Cities is the fasted growing metropolitan area in the nation. 

Choosing the best place to raise your kids is pretty daunting. Great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods all come at a cost to parents. Weighing the factors can prove challenging. READ MORE ABOUT THE RECENT KIPLINGER REPORT HERE.


By Shannon Dininny, The Associated Press  Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BENTON COUNTY — Rattlesnake Mountain offers sweeping views of the historic McWhorter Ranch, a pristine property largely unchanged since it was settled in 1903, laced with dry grasses and sagebrush and home to elk and other wildlife. The ranch stretches down the mountain’s south face across more than 20 square miles of Washington’s shrinking shrub-steppe habitat.

In the not-so-far-off distance, another scene unfolds: the bustle of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan area, complete with high-tech businesses and newly planted vineyards to support a booming wine industry.

McWhorter Ranch is going up for sale June 1, and given its size and location, the property could very likely draw bids from agricultural and real estate developers. But state and local officials are working with conservation groups to try to raise enough money to stave off any speculators and preserve it.

“There aren’t many of these big ranches left. It’s a rarity and it’s precious,” said Jeff Tayer, regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “As rare as this is now and as precious as it is now, it’s nothing compared to how rare it will be 20 years from now.” READ MORE...


The 2012 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium, DOE Regional Summit will be held April 18-19th @ the TRAC in Pasco, WA. 

Join more than 400 participants at the 9th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium! This event is a Business Expo with a focus on Government Contracting and Doing Business at Hanford, with exciting Networking Opportunities and Educational Breakout Sessions for Your Growing Business! For More Information & To Register Online, CLICK HERE!



Video Provides Overview of History and Cleanup of Hanford Site


RICHLAND, Wash. - The first chapter of The Hanford Story multimedia series, Hanford Overview, has received an Emmy for best Historical/Cultural - Program/Special. The award was presented by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at its 48th Annual Emmy Awards in Snoqualmie, Wash.

The program was produced by Lockheed Martin Creative & Strategic Services for the U.S. Department of Energy. Doug Shoop, U.S. Department of Energy, was the executive producer. Frank Armijo, Mission Support Alliance, and Dana Jensen, Lockheed Martin, were co-producers. 




The Hanford Story is a multimedia presentation that provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site-its history, today's cleanup activities, and a glimpse into the possibilities of future uses of the 586-square-mile government site in southeast Washington State.

The Hanford Story will be delivered in a series of video-based chapters dedicated to telling the multi-faceted story of the site.

• The history of producing plutonium

• Impacts to the environment resulting from producing plutonium

• Progress being made in cleanup of the site

• Innovative technologies and solutions being used in cleanup activities

• Future uses of the Hanford Site

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Economic Resource Guide & Membership Directory


Download the 2013 Tri-Cities Economic Resource Guide & Member Directory 

-If you experience any difficulty with the above download, contact or Request a Copy by Mail by calling (509) 735-1000  / 1-800-TRI-CITY

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Studies Effectiveness of New Fuel Cell Technology

Today when speaking about alternative energy sources, the images of solar panels and windmills often come to mind.  But in the future, you might envision a refrigerator-like box, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, replacing your air conditioner or heat pump. The machine houses fuel cells that draw hydrogen molecules out. Then, through an electrochemical process that combines the hydrogen molecules with oxygen, the unit generates up to 5Kw of electricity for use throughout an entire home.


“So there’s a lot of heat and energy that’s produced by the result of even running an air conditioner,” said Annie Haas, public information officer for energy research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “What a fuel cell can do is take that waste heat that is produced and turn it into electricity. It converts the waste heat from the heat and cooling system to power the building.”

This new energy source is quickly making a name of itself across the country, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

The Department of Energy awarded a $2.8 million grant to ClearEdge Power of Hillsboro, Ore., allowing the company to place 10 of the units. And PNNL will study the data for the next five years to determine the cost savings and benefits of the new technology.

ClearEdge is installing its combined heat and power fuel cell systems in commercial buildings, such as grocery stores, car dealerships, elementary schools and community colleges in California and Oregon, said Mike Upp, ClearEdge Power’s vice president of marketing.

According to Upp the average price for a unit ranges from $55,000 to $75,000 depending on the complexity of the installation.

“I think the first place you’ll see them is multi-unit housing,” Upp said. “I think you’ll see a lot of them in schools because schools of course are focused on alternative energy.”

Whitney G. Colella, a senior research engineer at PNNL, said it is more economical and environmentally friendly to install combined heat and power fuel cell systems in building with high electricity and heating demand throughout the day and throughout the seasons.

Each unit has a high-speed Internet data feed, allowing researchers at PNNL continuous access to analyze each the system’s performance. The project team will monitor the electrical power output, heat output, operating voltage, operating current, temperature of the water being sent to the building from the fuel cell system, temperature of the water entering the system, the water flow rate entering the system, the flow rate of the fuel into the system, and the time that the system is non-operational or operating below stated specifications.

“PNNL’s independent analysis of this data will help to quantify the reliability, longevity and long-term performance of these systems over time,” Colella said.

The federal portion of funding for this award was provided through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy-Fuel Cell Technologies Program.

“The thing about fuel cells is they are available now, people are using them,” Haas said. “So at the end of the day if can look at the data and fuel cells are more energy efficient and cut carbon dioxide emissions it can be another option for commercial buildings.”

PNNL will provide its analysis in a report to DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program.

“Really, my personal opinion, its about establishing a business case.” Haas said. “If you can save energy you can also save money out of the pocket. If we can help provide the data … not only does it have these awesome green benefits, but you are going to save some money too.”

by Veronica Sandate Craker
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Richland Makes “Best Places to Live” List

Richland and four other Washington cities (Tacoma, Bellevue, Vancouver and Spokane) are among a list of the 100 Best Places to Live in America, according to a new report.  RelocateAmerica, based in Brighton, Mich., said the 100 cities are "well-positioned for economic recovery, already experiencing strong economic recovery or have proven overall economic stability.  Factors such as employment, education, community leadership and overall quality of life are strongly considered and the data is examined to determine the Top 100."

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Hanford Land Request

Meeting the goals of the Energy Park Initiative, Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative, and local economic diversification efforts requires federal lands be transferred to local agencies. TRIDEC, The City of Richland, The Port of Benton, and Benton County formally requested that 1,341 acres of land located at the Southeast corner of Hanford be turned over to the community for industrial development and renewable energy projects. The Department of Energy is in the process of reviewing this request.


Three years ago, a proposal was put forward by DOE that land on weapons complex production sites, as it is cleaned up, could be made available for industrial development and clean energy production, manufacturing and research. This proposal came to be known as the Energy Park Initiative. The Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative was the Tri-Cities response to the Energy Park proposal. In identifying the community assets that provide a competitive advantage for creating an Energy Park on former Hanford Lands, such as a wide array of existing renewable and carbon free energy production, they also identified a flourishing energy cluster within the Tri-Cities. The Mid Columbia Energy Initiative looks to bring the community together to further growth within the existing energy cluster and identify opportunities for major players to work together, such as the Pacific Northwest smart grid proposal. So while the Mid Columbia Energy Initiative has grown beyond its original connection to a possible Hanford Energy Park, the transfer of Hanford lands for other industrial uses is still a critical piece.


In 2010 the City of Richland, Port of Benton, and TRIDEC sent a joint letter to the U.S. DOE Richland Field Office (DOE-RL) to notify the local US DOE officials of the community's interest in acquiring Hanford land adjacent to the City of Richland to support economic diversification. The request, proposed a phased acquisition of 18 square miles (11,500 acres). This is a large land mass that represents only 3% of the entire Hanford site and less than 1/3 of Hanford lands currently identified by DOE for future industrial land use. The letter was not an unsolicited proposal, as identified in 10 CFR 770, but was intended to create discussion between the parties and the local field office to clarify which lands adjacent to the city may be available for surplus, which areas had ongoing missions, which areas were clean, and which areas had contamination. The end product of the discussions is to develop a meaningful proposal per 10 CFR 770.


Related to that request, the parties began discussions with a foreign conglomerate with a U.S. presence that claims interest in acquiring approximately 900 acres for the development of a energy related manufacturing plant. This is the second request in as many years for such a site, and whether this particular recruitment occurs or not, the parties remain committed that the availability of large sections of land (referred to as mega-sites) is critical to recruiting these type of companies. The 900 acre request is a part of the larger request, but the parties are seeking to expedite the 900 acre request to meet the needs of this current prospective client.


The community partners agree that the lead local entity on any transfer should be the entity who can best meet the DOE land transfer requirements and also meet the needs of potential private clients. Transfer is critical, because private companies require a level of certainty in the process that can be difficult to provide in the federal setting. The Tri-City partners can also provide infrastructure to meet the needs of the client and economic diversification is within all their missions.


Click here for a copy of the 10CFR770 Land Request Proposal


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DOE Hanford Energy Site

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Energy Site is 586 square miles located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington State. The large site served as a nuclear production complex and storage facility for more than 40 years. The site has been under decommissioning and environmental remediation since 1989.


In 1999, DOE’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan identified approximately 10% of the Hanford Site to be set aside for industrial development, and nearly 80% for preservation and conservation.  The federal energy parks initiative provides a great
opportunity to create a long-term, sustainable future for the Hanford Site with the River Corridor Cleanup Contract nearing completion and the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) construction more than halfway complete.

One focus of MCEI is on the land that will be made available from the footprint reduction of the Hanford Site by the year 2015, thus supporting the creation of an Energy Park: the Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Park.


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Energy Park

MCEI is working towards development of an Energy Park on DOE land that was formerly part of Hanford, Washington's nuclear defense facility. Twenty square miles have been identified for a carbon-neutral clean tech energy park.


The objective is to:

  • Provide locations to carry out a broad range of projects relating to the development and the deployment of energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies.


  • Provide locations for the implementation of pilot programs and demonstration projects for new and developing energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies.


  • Set a national example for the development and deployment of energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies in a manner that will promote energy security, energy sector employment, and energy independence.


  • Create a business environment that encourages collaboration and interaction between the public and private sectors.


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History of MCEI

MCEI is a program powered by the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC). TRIDEC is the lead economic development organization for Benton and Franklin counties in Washington State as well as a designated Department of Energy Community Reuse Organization (CRO).


MCEI came about in 2009 after DOE announced "footprint reductions" for DOE cleanup sites including Hanford, and DOE included a vision of turning some of the land into Energy Parks.


Immediately following DOE's announcement, TRIDEC called a meeting of some 20 individuals representing local energy companies, PUDs, solar manufacturers, BPA, Energy Northwest -- our state's nuclear operator -- and Mission Support Alliance (MSA). (MSA is the DOE contractor that provides infrastructure and services to support the Hanford Site's environmental cleanup mission) This meeting was called to discuss remedies for solving the nations energy challenges by utilizing the Hanford Site's local natural resources, and by leveraging research and development expertise of the areas highly trained workforce. Twenty were invited and twenty-seven showed up! This group has been meeting since January 2009, and in mid 2010 became a formal committee of TRIDEC identified as MCEI.


Now over 120 members strong, MCEI is working towards bringing about the realization that the Tri-City region is primed to become the nation's recognized leader in solving energy challenges.


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Renewable Energy is the Future

In January 2011, President Barack Obama signed an Armed Services Bill that included authorization for the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a program to permit the formation of energy parks on former defense nuclear facilities.


The objective is to:


  • Provide locations to carry out a broad range of projects that relate to the development and the deployment of energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies.


  • Provide locations for the implementation of pilot programs and demonstration projects for new and developing energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies.


  • Set a national example for the development and deployment of energy technologies and related advanced manufacturing technologies in a manner that will promote energy security, energy sector employment, and energy independence.


  • Create a business environment that encourages collaboration and interaction between the public and private sectors.


For more information about MCEI, visit our website

Attend the PREMIER Manufacturing Expo in the Pacific Northwest - Smartmap Expo 2011

Grow Your Business with Advanced Manufacturing

Find out which Advanced Manufacturing concepts work for you , and which don't . . . by registering today to exhibit at the Premier Manufacturing Networking Event in the Pacific Northwest!

Cost to exhibit is ONLY $500 and registration includes:

  • Two Badges.  Each badge provides attendance for one at the TiLite Smartmap Tour, Exhibitor Reception - Gesa Sports Bar, and the TRIDEC Power Lunch.
  • A 10'X10' booth at the Manufacturer's Exposition.  Booth includes an 8' high back drape, 3' high side drapes, one 8' table with linen/skirting, two chairs, carpeting, electricity and wireless internet connection.
  • Additional badges may be purchased for $100 each.


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If you choose not to exhibit at Smartmap 2011, but would still like to attend, click here to register as an attendee.


Innovatek Receives Army Contract for Portable Power Technolgoy

Richland-based company that creates sustainable power products and engineering solutions, has received a $750,000 contract from the Department of Defense to do research and development of a processor the produces hydrogen from butanol for fuel cells.


InnovaTek, which completed the feasibility study of its technology for the Department of Defense, will partner with Indiana University to develop the catalyst for the process.


Patricia Irving, InnovaTek’s CEO, said the military has increased its use of portable electronic devices like night-vision goggles and GPS systems. But providing sufficient power to operate the devices is a challenge.


Batteries run out quickly and require continuous replacements or take a long-time charging.


In the military, those problems could be life-threatening, she said.


“Fuel cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical power, could significantly improve the confidence in using electronic devices,” Irving said.


They operate efficiently and quietly, and could provide an ideal solution for portable electric power generation for a wide range of military and commercial applications.


For complete story visit Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.


Video Provides Overview of History and Cleanup of Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. - The first chapter of The Hanford Story multimedia series, Hanford Overview, has received an Emmy for best Historical/Cultural - Program/Special. The award was presented by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at its 48th Annual Emmy Awards in Snoqualmie, Wash., on Saturday, June 11, 2011 

The program was produced by Lockheed Martin Creative & Strategic Services for the U.S. Department of Energy. Doug Shoop, U.S. Department of Energy, was the executive producer. Frank Armijo, Mission Support Alliance, and Dana Jensen, Lockheed Martin, were co-producers. 

The video is available on

The Hanford Story is a multimedia presentation that provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site-its history, today's cleanup activities, and a glimpse into the possibilities of future uses of the 586-square-mile government site in southeast Washington State.

The Hanford Story will be delivered in a series of video-based chapters dedicated to telling the multi-faceted story of the site.
• The history of producing plutonium
• Impacts to the environment resulting from producing plutonium
• Progress being made in cleanup of the site
• Innovative technologies and solutions being used in cleanup activities
• Future uses of the Hanford Site


Tri-Cities, WA - The two higher education institutions in the Tri-Cities collaborated with the Tri-City Development Council to receive a $994,600 award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management to build the next generation of project management, nuclear engineering, and radiation safety professionals.

"This DOE Financial Assistance Award comes at a significant time in our community's economy, especially given the ongoing state budget cuts to higher education," TRIDEC President Carl Adrian said.  "Our proposal was successful because of the support from our Congressional Delegation, the Hanford Prime Contractors, HAMMER, the Hanford Site Future Workforce Subcommittee, and IBEW-77."

The award is for $994,600 to Columbia Basin College, including a sub-award of $383,460 to Washington State University Tri-Cities. It is effective immediately and extends through June 2012.

"I am pleased that the Tri-Cities received this grant from the Department of Energy," Congressman Doc Hastings said. "I applaud TRIDEC and their partners for their contributions to Central Washington and am confident that this investment will continue the success of CBC and WSU Tri-Cities."
Columbia Basin College will use $611,140 to establish a One-Year Certificate in Project Management, an AA Degree in Project Management, curriculum for a PMP Certificate, a Project Management Training Center, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management, plus will issue $200,000 in scholarships.  The funding allows CBC to hire three full-time and two part-time employees to implement the programs. 

"This grant funding will allow CBC to train students on Primavera, a commonly-used project portfolio management software used in business and industry today," CBC President Rich Cummins said.  "Developing project management curriculum through the DOE funding ultimately will provide certificates, associate, and baccalaureate degree options in project management."

WSU Tri-Cities will receive $383,460 to enhance a Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate, to develop a Health and Safety Graduate Certificate, to create a Career Readiness web portal, and to support student success through mentoring, tutoring, technical internships, and select scholarships.

"These graduate certificate programs will enable us to address two areas of significant demand from employers for professionals who have expertise in radiation protection and for engineers who understand advanced principles of nuclear engineering," said James R. "Dick" Pratt, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities.

"This is just one of the many ways that TRIDEC and our community partners contribute to the future success of the Tri-Cities," Adrian said.  "TRIDEC is committed to working towards many more wins for our local economy."

Smartmap Expo 2011 Sponsors

Smartmap Expo 2011 Agenda

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10a-12p - TiLite Smartmap Tour

For Sponsors and Exhibitors only.  Limited to 100 people, first come-first served.

The Tour departs from and returns to the TRAC Center.

TiLite is the largest titanium wheelchair manufacturer in the world.  They also produce aluminum wheelchairs and supporting products.  TiLite specializes in titanium tubing fabrication and welding. The tour will be in their brand new facility!  The Tour departs from and returns to the TRAC Center.

Sponsored by: Meier Architecture and Engineering


6p-9p - Gesa Sports Bar (Exhibitor Reception)

For Sponsors and Exhibitors only.

Featuring Primitive Circus—variety entertainment at its finest funnest!

NEW FORMAT!!! Blow off some steam, network, have a great time with Primitive Circus, the Greatest Show in the Known World, performing 3 Acts for your enjoyment!

Primitive Circus has developed a presence that entertains, inspires, and connects with everyone who attends their shows. And oh, what a show it is, with music that ranges from pop to blues, funk to rock, and everything in between.

Food, beverages, including two (2) free tickets for wine and/or beer, video games, dancing, door prizes.

The Gesa Sports Bar is guaranteed to be the Hottest Sports Bar in town!  The Manufacturer of the Year will also be presented.  The Gesa Sports Bar is a “must attend event”!

Sponsored by: Gesa Credit Union

Thursday, September 29, 2011

9a-2p - Success Seminars

  • The State of Manufacturing in Washington 2011 Report
  • The Technology Revolution and its Impact on Training
  • Product Documentation in the Era of the Cloud
  • Using Advanced Manufacturing to go from Product Concept to Product Commercialization
  • Engaging Your Employees - Four Secrets Every Leader Should Know
  • Plastic Composite Materials, Processes and Part Design: An Iterative Process for Lasting Results
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainability
  • Bridging the Skills Gap

Sponsored by: Quest Integration


9a-4p - Manufacturer's Exposition

Join other manufacturers, vendors and service providers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Network, develop strategic alliances, learn and grow your business!


11:30a-1:30p - Century Link Power Lunches

NEW FORMAT!!! Gourmet box lunches and beverages will be served in the TRAC Center Atrium, available to all exhibitors.  Enjoy your lunch at the tables and chairs in the Atrium.  Relax or use the time to network and discuss business deals!

The Smartmap Expo 2011 will run continuously from 9am—4pm with no breaks for lunch, as in the past.

Presented By: Century Link


9a-4p - Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)

Free 15 Minute Tours Throughout the Day

AJAC developed the AIM-MTU, a 53’ classroom on wheels, in collaboration with industry and educators to offer mobile training throughout the entire manufacturing process including: product design, programming, testing, set-up, machining, inspection and reporting.

Equipment located in the unit includes:

  • 12 Dell Planning & Design Stations
  • Dimension 3D Rapid Prototyper and Cleaning Station
  • Starrett Granite Inspection Slab
  • Brown & Sharpe CMM Controlled Measuring Machine
  • Keyence Digital Microscope
  • Clark Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • EZ Go Tool Pre-Setter

The AIM-MTU is advanced training for advanced manufacturing!

Presented By: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

TRIDEC Requests Hanford Land for Economic Growth

The Tri-City Development Council asked the Department of Energy on Tuesday for 1,341 acres of Hanford land next to Richland city limits for economic development.


"TRIDEC intends this to be the first of several requests which will help offset future Hanford staff reductions," wrote Carl Adrian, TRIDEC president, in a letter to Matt McCormick, manager of the DOE Hanford Richland Operations Office.


The letter also pointed out that DOE has a long history of turning over Hanford land to community interests, leading to significant economic growth in the Hanford area and creation of jobs.


TRIDEC was joined in the latest request by the city of Richland, the Port of Benton and Benton County.


The request has the support of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., plus the Tri-Cities state legislative delegation, all of whom sent letters of support to DOE.


"Lands no longer needed for cleanup should not be locked away by the federal government into perpetuity," wrote Hastings. "In order to attract private investment and private sector jobs, portions of these land must be made available for transfer -- and not limited to federal leases."


The Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Hanford calls for most land in the 586 square mile nuclear reservation to be used for preservation or conservation as environmental cleanup is completed from the past production of weapons plutonium.


However, 10 percent of the land is planned for industrial use.


TRIDEC is requesting land bordered by Horn Rapids Road on the south and Stevens Drive on the east. The land primarily was used as a buffer area for parts of the nuclear reservation where plutonium production occurred. Before World War II, it was used for farming.


The parcel is one of the few "mega-sites" -- a site larger than 500 acres -- available for industrial use in Washington, according to the TRIDEC request. In the Tri-Cities, there are no other large and contiguous parcels of land near distribution systems to support industries that require a large manufacturing space or buffer areas for development and safe operations, the request said.


The site has access to large energy transmission distribution lines and switch yards, rail lines, ocean-going barges and major freeway systems.


TRIDEC and its partners are proposing dividing it into a 900-acre site, which would support one or two large enterprises providing 2,000 to 3,000 jobs combined. In addition three smaller 100- to 200-acre sites would support another 400 to 500 jobs combined.


"These new jobs will help directly offset the coming downturn in employment at the Hanford site as the cleanup mission nears completion," the request said.


Hanford has about 12,000 workers, but 1,600 jobs are expected to be cut as most of federal economic stimulus money is spent by the end of September.


"The Tri-Cities also recognizes that Congressional funding cuts and completion of cleanup along the Columbia River will lead to an additional 1,000 or more jobs being reduced from Hanford before 2015," the request said.


TRIDEC already has had interest from an undisclosed international firm looking for a large site. If the company selects the Tri-City site, it would invest at least $2 billion to develop a plant and would want to own the site rather than lease it.


TRIDEC is requesting transfer of the land at below market value because of the cost of improvements needed. Those include road, sewer, water and electrical infrastructure.


The request Tuesday for the 1,341 acres is the first of three that TRIDEC plans to request in the next five years.


"This could obviously be a big first step for the community in helping determine a piece of the post-cleanup future of the Hanford site," said Colleen French, DOE Hanford government affairs program manager.


DOE Hanford officials have 90 days to review the TRIDEC proposal and decide if transferring the land is in the government's best interest, she said.


In addition to replying to TRIDEC then, Hanford officials also will forward their recommendation to DOE headquarters. If the proposal moves forward, it would need approval by the energy secretary and then would be sent to Congress.


TRIDEC points out that DOE and other federal agencies have a long history of successfully releasing land to community interests, starting in 1958 when Richland went from being a "company" town owned by DOE for Hanford employees to a municipality with privately owned homes.


The Richland airport and hundreds of acres of nearby land were released to the Port of Benton starting in 1962. The Corps of Engineers also sold 290 acres to the port in 1961 for $100,000, leading to the development of a major dock used by the U.S. Navy for unloading nuclear materials bound for Hanford.


Camp Hanford and the 1100 Area of Hanford also have been released to community interests. Now what was once federal land is home to Energy Northwest headquarters, InnovaTek, Battelle and Washington State University Tri-Cities.


In addition, 6,000 acres of former Hanford land west of Stevens Drive and south of Horn Rapids Road now is home to companies such as ATI Allvac Specialty Metals, PermaFix and Areva. Businesses on the acreage employ about 1,000 workers.

The proposal was put together by the following team Gary Ballew (City of Richland), Diahann Howard (Port of Benton), Adam Fyall (Benton County), and Gary Petersen (TRIDEC).
Click here for a copy of the 10CFR770 Land Request Proposal

New Chapter of Young Professionals In Energy Starts Here!

Kennewick, WA- The first Pacific Northwest Chapter of Young Professionals In Energy (YPE) has been chartered in Kennewick, WA.

Young Professionals in Energy (“YPE”) is a non-profit energy industry networking organization with over 20,000 members worldwide.  YPE is dedicated to providing a forum for networking and career development for professionals in the global energy industry. YPE runs a year-round calendar of events in 20 chapters around the world. Please click here to see our calendar of upcoming events.

Mission Statement
YPE aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the energy industry around the world through social, educational and civic service oriented events.  The desired outcome of YPE is to foster an environment where members can learn from each other’s experiences, share industry knowledge and discuss career matters. 

Vision Statement
YPE is a positive catalytic force in uniting the young energy leaders of today. YPE prepares its members to be the best leaders for their communities and for the global energy industry.

YPE seeks involvement from a broad base of professionals working in the energy industry. Engineers, geoscientists, landmen, financial analysts, lobbyists, governments employees, accountants, attorneys, commercial and investment bankers, principal investors, consultants, and anyone else with a direct professional focus on the global energy sector are encouraged to join YPE.

For More Information on Becoming a Member of Tri-Cities Young Professionals in Energy Contact:

Jessica Ballard                                      or                        Traci Jao                                  

Vit Plant Engineers Complete Civil Design of High Level Waste Facility

Richland, Wash. -- Engineers at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the “Vit Plant,” recently completed the civil, structural and architectural design for the High-Level Waste Facility. When complete, the building will consist of more than 87,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 10,000 tons of structural steel.

“The High-Level Waste Facility is the most structurally complex of the Vit Plant’s four major nuclear facilities,” Tom Patterson, manager of engineering for Bechtel, said. “It contains a significant number of rooms and non-traditional civil structures that are designed to provide radiological protection and comply with seismic and other critical design criteria.”

The High-Level Waste Facility is 270 feet wide by 440 feet long and will stand 96 feet tall. It will house the two 90-ton melters that will heat the waste and glass-forming agents to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit before they are poured into stainless steel canisters for permanent storage. The civil, structural and architectural design for the facility comprises approximately 3,000 drawings, calculations and data sheets.

“The design has been reviewed by the Department of Energy, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and other regulatory agencies to ensure the utmost safety and quality standards are upheld,” Jeff Trent, Department of Energy area project manager for the facility, said. “Completion of the High-Level Waste Facility civil design is a significant step towards completing construction in 2016 and achieving operations in 2019.”

The High-Level Waste Facility design is currently 86 percent complete, and the overall Vit Plant design is currently 80 percent complete.


Suzanne Heaston, Bechtel National, Inc., (509) 371-2329



Proposed reductions in the House to DOE Environmental Management and to Hanford Cleanup funding in the last-half of this fiscal year does not make sense.  

There has been significant progress in cleaning up the River Corridor and removing the plutonium from the Central Plateau as a result of the ARRA funding.  With the ARRA funding going away by September, more than 2,000 staff reductions have already been announced by Hanford contractors.   But to compound those known reductions, a possible $300M Hanford budget reduction in the last half of the fiscal year would drastically impact DOE’s ability to meet TPA compliant milestones in FY2012 and FY2013, and would increase the numbers of staff that would have to be laid off.

TRIDEC President, Carl Adrian and I travelled to D.C. last week to bring the message of these potential budget impacts to our Congressional Delegation; speaking directly with Congressman Doc Hastings and Senator Maria Cantwell, and also talking with staff from Senator Murray, Congressmen Norm Dicks, Adam Smith and Rick Larson’s offices.  It is clear that our delegation is very supportive of stable funding for PNNL and Hanford. 

The outcome of the budget reduction battle between the House and Senate, is not all that clear.

For the first time, the end of major cleanup efforts along the Columbia River, and in the central plateau are becoming reality.   Our community can actually see that the end of cleanup of 90% of the Hanford site is within reach!   This will be a historic accomplishment, and DOE and the Hanford contractors and sub-contractors are to be commended.  They have been doing this work safely, economically, and in many cases ahead of TPA milestones.

This community is looking forward to the early startup of the Waste Treatment Plant, and to cleaning out the single-shell tanks.  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding helped bring this end in sight and accelerated overall Hanford cleanup by nearly several years.   Our community was certainly the beneficiary of these funds, and now we also could see the collateral damage if cleanup funding isn’t maintained to completion.

Cleanup of Hanford is not discretionary!  It is a Federal obligation, it is essential to the health and economic vitality of our communities and the nation, and it positions the Hanford site for future energy missions.

~Gary Petersen, V.P. Hanford Programs

Tri-City Development Council

(509) 735-1000

1-800-TRI-CITY (874-2489)



Held at the Kennewick Red Lion Hotel, the Three Rivers Community Roundtable had an exciting discussion this morning. Many major projects making a difference in the Tri-Cities area were presented by community leaders. Among the community leaders presenting was WA State Governor, Christine Gregoire. Governor Gregoire made it evident once again that our state is indeed in a budget crisis. She commented that if there were additional dollars in the budget, each one of them would benefit education. Workforce development and education of the next generation of leaders in this community is key to our future success. Below are only a few of the highlights of the exciting projects and strategies for a brighter tomorrow that were presented at this morning's roundtable.

As city and business leaders continue to support the Three Rivers Community Roundtable, it is no surprise that this community is accomplishing great things!

Best Regards,

Kayla Pratt

Director of Communications & Membership

Tri-City Development Council

(509) 735-1000

1-800-TRI-CITY (874-2489)

Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Lunch



Reinventing Electricity

March 7th, 2012    12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

Paco Red Lion Hotel 

Keynote Speaker - Jesse Berst, Managing Director GlobalSmartEnergy

A native of the Tri-Cities area, Jesse Berst is one of the leaders of the world's transition to an Electricity Economy and the author of the forthcoming book "Electronomics." He is the Managing Director of Global Smart Energy (GSE), an internationally recognized research and consulting firm that publishes, the Internet's leading smart grid specialty site.

In recent years, Berst has mapped an acquisitions plan for a large corporation; advised a smart energy startup that was successfully acquired; conceived a communications strategy for the Modern Grid Initiative; crafted a clean-energy economic development plan for a regional coalition of states; developed a market entry strategy for a Fortune 100 systems integrator; and chaired the Advisory Council of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy and Environment Directorate.

GSE is also the publisher of, the Internet’s top-ranked site for information about the ongoing $1 trillion remake of North America’s electric power infrastructure.


Vista Engineering Technologies Takes Charge

Richland, WA  --  Vista Engineering Technologies, LLC (VET) announced today its entrance into the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) market.  The service offering provides plug-in conversions for Prius and other Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) owners, as well as install charging station infrastructure at businesses, residences and government facilities throughout the Columbia basin.


VET’s expansion into the electric vehicle (EV) market will also include engineering and integration services for private and public sector fleets of mid-to-heavy duty vehicles including vanpools, buses, and delivery trucks.  “There are significant gains for transit authorities, public fleets and transporters targeting a reduction in fuel consumption, cost and emissions” said Vista President Phil Ohl.  “Vista is going after this market very aggressively.  The EV market expansion represents a significant impact on energy security and stability.  This effort aligns with our sustainability initiatives and is good for the region.”


“The Pacific Northwest is well suited for electric transportation due to the cheap clean power and expensive fuel.  We are seeing a significant market shift and Vista is committed to leading the way for Eastern Washington to get plugged in,” said KC Kuykendall, Vista’s Sustainable Solutions Team Manager.  Vista’s goal is to develop an E.V. charging infrastructure and PHEV demand that will support the region’s bid as a national leader in the clean energy economy.


“This is a natural migration for our Energy Services team,” Kuykendall said.  “Our history of delivering technical solutions to the renewable energy and transportation industries is simply combined with this effort.  Our aim is to lead the EV market transformation in Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho by making PHEV’s more affordable, and the charging infrastructure manageable for local utilities and grid-balancing authorities.”

For more information contact KC Kuykendall at (509) 737-1377 or

Connell Industrial Area

Horn Rapids Industrial Park

Tri-City Area Shows Steady Job Gains

The latest tally of employment figures in the Mid-Columbia shows steady job gains for Benton and Franklin counties, in contrast to a swelling number of unemployment claims statewide.


State Employment Security Department officials report nearly 500,000 Washington workers have collected $4.7 billion in unemployment benefits so far this year. The department reported that was 17.5 percent more than the $4 billion paid last year in unemployment claims.


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Climate and Geography



Since Washington is known as the "Evergreen State," many view it as a land of forests and gentle rains.  The Tri-Cities, however, is a dry land area located in southeastern Washington, averaging only eight to nine inches of precipitation per year.  With about 300 days of sun a year, the ample sunshine is an attractive feature to the region.


Climate Statistics

January Average High

39 Degrees
January Average Low 25 Degrees
July Average High 91 Degrees
July Average Low 59 Degrees
Average Annual Precipitation 8.4 Inches
Average Annual Snowfall 9.2 Inches
Average Number of Sunny Days 300+ Days



Three major rivers-the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers, dominate the geography of the region.  Horse Heaven Hills, which lie southwest of the urban area, provide the community with its southern horizon.  It is this part of the state where the rivers converge and form Lake Wallula upstream from McNary Dam on the Columbia River.  The rivers provide the Tri-Cities with abundant water for irrigation and energy, barge transportation, and is a coveted recreational resource.


A fun fact about the area is that Rattlesnake Mountain at over 3,000 feet is considered the tallest, tree-less mountain in the Northern Hemisphere.

City of Prosser

Welcome to Prosser, WA


Prosser, dubbed the birthplace of the Washington wine industry, is located at the far western corner of Benton County just 35 miles from the Tri-Cities.  Prosser serves as the county seat and has a population of over 5,100. 


The local economy centers around agriculture - concord and wine grapes, apples, cherries, hops, asparagus, corn, wheat – and related processing plants.


The area is bordered on the north by the Rattlesnake Hills and on the south by the Horse Heaven Hills with the Yakima River running through. 


Prosser boasts 300 sunny days annually, lending to a wide range of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and golf.  Prosser offers a “small town” quality of life with easy access to major shopping, medical care, and other amenities.


For more information on Prosser, visit  

City of West Richland

Welcome to West Richland, WA


West Richland is the fourth largest city in the bi-county area making up the Tri-Cities.  Over the past decade, West Richland has been one of the fastest growing cities in Washington, and now boasts a population of over 12,000.


Best known for quality suburban living in a metropolitan area, West Richland hosts a variety of family-oriented activities and events.  Its proximity to Hanford as well as Red Mountain wineries and growing amenities are just some of the reasons for West Richland’s remarkable growth.


For more information on West Richland, visit

City of Richland

Welcome to Richland, WA


Richland’s roots are grounded in science and technology.  Although superimposed over the footprint of a small, riverside agricultural community incorporated in 1910, modern-day Richland dates from 1943 when the U.S. Army acquired 640 square miles, including the Richland town site as the location of the Hanford Works – a primary component of the World War II project to develop the atomic bomb.


Today, most work at the site involves a massive cleanup effort – currently funded at more than $2 billion a year – to restore most of the site to a near-original condition. The centerpiece of this effort is the Waste Treatment Plant also known as the Vitrification Plant – currently under construction – that will transform, vitrify, and stabilize various types of nuclear waste into glass logs for long-term storage. 


Another legacy of the work at Hanford is the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle.  One of the nine multi-national laboratories located in the U.S., and with a budget of over $1 billion annually, PNNL is unique in that it undertakes private sector research as well as serving a wide range of government clients.  As work at Hanford declines, it is expected that PNNL will become one of the community’s primary anchors and economic drivers.


Richland, with a population of 48,580, is a part of the rapidly growing Tri-Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  Richland’s population is highly educated and enjoys the third highest per capita income levels in Washington state.  Its K-12 school system is one of the best in the state and in addition to PNNL (essentially a research university without students), Richland is home to Washington State University Tri-Cities – a four year university – Columbia Basin College Health Sciences Facility and the state’s first STEM focused school – Delta High School.  Richland’s citizens are highly involved in their community and understand the importance of strategic planning.


For more information on Richland, visit

City of Pasco

Welcome to Pasco, WA


The City of Pasco is located at the confluence of the Columbia, Yakima and Snake Rivers.  Because of its location, Pasco is considered the gateway to the agriculturally-rich Columbia Basin.  Pasco has experienced rapid residential growth over the past decade, with a population over 56,000.


The proximity of Grand Coulee Dam – the largest hydroelectric dam in the United States – has unlocked a wealth of agricultural possibilities for the Pasco area.  A scenic drive through the local farm country will reveal a fresh array of the area’s finest produce including, tender asparagus, onions, potatoes, crisp delicious apples, luscious cherries and sun-drenched wine grapes, to name a few.


The great weather, combined with the area’s inviting waterways, enables residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities from water sports to golf and wine touring to outdoor theater.  The Franklin County Historical Museum, Municipal Golf Course, Trade, Recreation and Agricultural Center (TRAC), Farmers Market, three public swimming pools and the region’s largest sports complex are among the attractions that set Pasco apart from neighboring communities.  Pasco also is home to the areas only bus and train depot, regional airport and barge system.


Because Pasco is one of Washington state’s major trade centers, it has amenities important to business and industry.  Pasco is home to one of eastern Washington’s largest business and convention hotels; a modern, full-service airport; extensive rail and barge transport facilities and is tied to the state’s interstate freeway network.


Business and industrial opportunities are numerous in the greater Pasco area.  The Pasco Chamber of Commerce works closely with the Port of Pasco and the city to promote commercial and industrial growth.  With assistance from TRIDEC, and several area agencies and organizations, Pasco can help potential clients with private, governmental, commercial and industrial financing.


Manufacturing and heavy fabrication plants also are plentiful in the Pasco area.  Among the products manufactured are wine, paper, containerboard, machine parts, heavy fabrication plants, French fried potatoes, jet boats and asphalt.


Nearly every industrial demand can be met in Pasco – whether the need is for zoned, industrial land, planned industrial parks, industrial districts, rail, river frontage, airport or freeway access.


For more information about Pasco visit

City of Kennewick

Welcome to Kennewick, WA

Kennewick is located in the southeast portion of Washington state at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers.  Kennewick and the rest of the Tri-Cities comprise an urban area of approximately 185,600 people with almost 250,000 people in the greater two county areas.  Kennewick is located 225 miles southeast of Seattle and 136 miles southwest of Spokane.  Kennewick is the largest of the Tri-Cities and has a solid economy supported by light industry, food processing, retail trade and services.


The area’s climate is favorable for all outdoor activities and comfortable outdoor lifestyle.  The Kennewick area has ample sunny days per year with a pleasant desert climate typified by warm summers with low humidity and moderate winter temperatures.  Kennewick has a distinctly different weather pattern than that of the rainy western side of the state and the colder inland northwest communities.


There are 10 golf courses in the area (two of which are championship courses) that support nearly year round participation.  Summer is long here and the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers provide endless opportunities for water sports, boating, fishing and passive recreation.  Kennewick is located in the heart of Washington’s wine country – home to more than 80 area wineries producing award winning and world-class vintages.  Ninety-nine percent of Washington’s wine grapes are grown in and around the Kennewick area and Washington state itself ranks second nationally only to California in total wine production.


For more information about Kennewick, visit


December 20, 2010
Frances White, PNNL, (509) 375-6904

Study gathers comprehensive wind info to improve renewable energy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists are researching how radar weather instruments can help improve predictions on when and how strongly winds will blow. They're testing the instruments from a working wind farm in southeastern Washington State.

RICHLAND, Wash. – Meteorological equipment typically used to monitor storms could help power grid operators know when to expect winds that will send turbine blades spinning, as well as help them avoid the sudden stress that spinning turbines could put on the electrical grid.

"We know that the wind will blow, but the real challenge is to know when and how much," said atmospheric scientist Larry Berg. "This project takes an interesting approach — adapting an established technology for a new use — to find a reliable way to measure winds and improve wind power forecasts."

Berg and Rob Newsom, both researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, are using a variety of meteorological equipment to measure winds high up into the air - about 350 feet, the average height of turbine hubs - and get a better reading on how winds behave up there.

Wind measurements are typically made much lower — at about 30 feet high — for weather monitoring purposes. Wind power companies do measure winds higher up, but that information is usually kept proprietary. PNNL's findings will be available to all online.

The study's findings could also provide more accurate wind predictions because of its field location — a working wind farm. The equipment is being erected on and near a radio tower near the 300-megawatt Stateline Wind Energy Center, a wind power project that runs along the eastern Washington-Oregon border. Any wind power company could use the study's findings to improve how sites are chosen for wind farms and how those farms are operated.

The equipment started collecting measurements in November. Berg and Newsom will continue gathering measurements for about nine months, or through this summer. The period will allow the researchers to draw a more complete and accurate picture of how wind behaves at turbine height. The period represents the windiest months for the area.
 "The goal here is to help everyone — not just one group — better understand wind's behavior and ultimately improve our use of it as a renewable power source," Newsom said.

Cool tools
But first researchers need to document wind behavior. To do that, they're employing a handful of sophisticated meteorological tools.

One key instrument is the National Weather Service's NEXRAD Doppler radar weather station in Pendleton, Ore., about 19 miles south of Stateline. The station emits short pulses of radio waves that bounce back when they strike water droplets and other particles in the air. A national network of these stations is routinely used by television meteorologists to show clouds and precipitation in familiar, colorful digital maps.  For this study, computers will analyze the returned signals to determine how the wind varies in the area around the radar, including the wind farm.

The team is also installing equipment specifically designed to measure wind speed and direction: a radar wind profiler. Like NEXRAD, the profiler sends out radio waves that are bounced back when it hits variations in moisture or temperature. But while NEXRAD scans the entire sky with its one rotating radar beam, the profiler sends three radar beams up into the sky. The profiler being used is part of the DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility.

Another tool they're using is Doppler sodar, which uses sound instead of radio waves. A regular sequence of high-pitched beeps is sent into the sky and, like radar, will be reflected from variations in moisture and temperature. That information will help researchers measure winds that are at lower heights in the sky than the profiler can measure.

Finally, the researchers will install ultrasonic anemometers on the radio tower. The anemometer holds six tiny microphones, and measures the time it takes for sound pulses to travel from one microphone to another. Beyond measuring speed, the anemometer also helps determine wind direction. Combined, all this equipment will help researchers gain a more comprehensive understanding of how wind behaves at the turbine level of a working wind farm.

Improving renewable energy
Data collected during this study will be used to evaluate the performance of computer models of the atmosphere near the operating wind farm. These computer models are routinely used to provide weather forecasts of wind conditions hours and even days into the future. This information can help wind farms operate more efficiently and lets them better integrate the power they produce into the electric grid. These models are known to have relatively large errors in forecasting the severity and times of strong winds, including gusts during thunderstorms as fronts pass through an area. Even relatively small errors in wind speed predictions can lead to large errors in the predicted power outputs of wind farms.

When that happens, grid operators have to accommodate the influx of power, often by diverting or turning off other power sources. In the Pacific Northwest, that can mean spilling river water over hydroelectric dams instead of sending the water through the dams' power-producing turbines. Sometimes those diversions are needed on a moment's notice, when the grid becomes overwhelmed by unexpected windy weather. If such gusts could be reliably predicted ahead of time, power operators could make adequate plans beforehand. And when the wind stops blowing unexpectedly, the grid can experience a quick need for power.

Wind power companies could also use improved predictions to more wisely choose their wind farm sites. These companies invest heavily in understanding the wind characteristics of their sites before breaking ground, but forecasting turbine-level winds is still an evolving field.

As a result, two industrial partners are collaborating with Newsom and Berg on their research. 3TIER of Seattle, Wash., and WindLogics of St. Paul, Minn., both help wind power developers identify and evaluate potential locations for wind farms. They're serving as consultants and have provided input on what kind of data would be most helpful when examining wind sites.

If the NEXRAD wind data is verified by the data collected through the other meteorological equipment, the next step in this research would be to plug the NEXRAD data into a working weather model. The model could then be used to better predict future wind behavior. Using the data in a weather model is outside the scope of Berg and Newsom's current research, but they hope to be able to do so in the future.

Field work for the study began this month and will continue for about nine months. This study is funded by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Wind and Water Power Program and the Office of Science Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America's most intractable problems in energy, the environment and national security. PNNL employs 4,900 staff, has an annual budget of nearly $1.1 billion, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab's inception in 1965. Follow PNNL on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.



ATI in the News
American Metal Market, 17 December 2010

Uniti LLC has secured its largest order to date as the U.S.-Russian joint venture was chosen to supply commercially
pure (CP) titanium for a Saudi Arabian desalination plant, apparently winning market share from a competitive

The Moon Township, Pa., joint venture of Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) and VSMPO-Avisma Corp., which
focuses on the non-aerospace industrial markets, will provide 5.5 million to 6 million pounds of narrow strip used to
produce tubing for a seawater desalination project in Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia, the company said.

Uniti will supply a "significant portion" of the CP titanium strip to South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries &
Construction Co. Ltd., which will build the plant. It will be the world's largest seawater desalination facility.
The value of the contract wasn't disclosed. Uniti's strip shipments are expected to be "spread evenly throughout
2011," ATI said.

Both VSMPO and ATI's Richland, Wash., electron beam cold hearth melting operation will supply slabs for hot
rolling to ATI's Allegheny Ludlum facility in Houston, Pa., an ATI spokesman said. From there, the titanium will be
cold rolled into sheet that is then cut into narrower strip at the company's Louisville, Ohio, plant. Fabrication into
tubing is expected to take place mainly in Asia.

Raz Az Zawr includes an unusually high proportion of titanium tubing in contrast to some previous desalination
plants of its type, where other alloys played a larger role, an industry source said, noting that the project's total
titanium requirement?"too big for any one supplier to handle"?could end up at around 6,200 tonnes (about 13.7
million pounds) out of total global tubing capacity of 11,000 tonnes.

The area of the multistage flash desalination plant, for which Uniti is supplying the titanium strip, has typically used
copper-nickel alloy. Competitive pricing was believed to play a role in titanium's larger-than-usual share of the

Uniti has targeted desalination as an important growth market. L. Patrick Hassey, ATI's chairman and chief executive
officer, said in October that he saw strong demand potential for new overseas desalination plants, with new facilities
requiring 12 million to 15 million pounds of titanium tubes and piping per project. He believes this market could
change "the dynamics of the entire titanium supply."

Earlier in October, Uniti president Kevin Cain told the International Titanium Association that "thousands of tonnes"
of tubes will be needed to support the desalination industry in 2011. Cain said desalination is part of the global
infrastructure market for CP titanium, which from 2008 to 2010 fell 50 percent to just over 10,000 tonnes (about 22
million pounds), but is expected to be around 20,000 tonnes in 2012 and 2013. Moreover, while power generation
was expected to account for the single-largest share of infrastructure-related titanium this year, it is seen sharing that
role with desalination starting in 2011.

Infrastructure, which Cain pegged at about 40 percent of the global market for industrial titanium (excluding the
aerospace, military and medical sectors) will grow to 50 percent, spurred by desalination, power generation, and oil
and gas demand. The total global industrial titanium market is seen breaching 40,000 tons in 2012 and 2013 for the
first time since 2008, when it hit 47,000 tonnes.

Cost of Living

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas.  The average for all participating urban areas, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all urban areas.


The following communities were selected based on similar populations and the presence of major research institutions.  The data is provided by ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Data for 2nd Quarter 2012, Published August 2012.


  Composite Index Grocery Items Housing Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc. Goods & Services
Oakland, CA 135.1 125.5 198.9 94.8 101.1 108.1 110.5
Reno, NV 90.9 101.4 85.3 76.9 103.9 100.6 90.4
Los Alamos, NM 102.6 95.8 109.3 89.3 107.1 97.1 103.1
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA 113.0 102.4 128.1 103.9 114.4 116.3 106.2
Seattle, WA 113.7 105.9 129.3 91.9 110.1 118.8 110.7
Yakima, WA 91.2 99.4 86.6 75.9 102.8 106.8 91.0
Tri-Cities, WA 95.5 96.6 99.0 86.6 101.1 103.3 92.0

Household Income


Households by Income


  1990 Census 2000 Census 2010 Estimate 2015 Projection
$0-$15,000 23.2% 12.9% 11.4% 10.6%
$15,000-$25,000 17.6% 12.7% 9.4% 8.2%
$25,000-$35,000 15.8% 12.5% 10.9% 10.4%
$35,000-$50,000 19.5% 16.9% 15.2% 13.9%
$50,000-$75,000 16.5% 21.4% 18.8% 17.9%
$75,000-$100,000 4.9% 12.8% 13.2% 13.2%
$100,000-$150,000 2.0% 7.9% 13.9% 16.4%
$150,000+ 0.5% 2.9% 7.2% 9.4%

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Household Income 


  1990 Census 2000 Census 2010 Estimate 2015 Projection
Average Household Income $35,768 $55,667 $67,635 $71,762
Median Household Income $30,781 $44,907 $53,514 $58,034
Per Capita Income $13,015 $19,648 $22,705 $22,989

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Additional Household Income Documents

Income Summary Report


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Average Selling Price (June 2013) $213,200
Number of Active Residential Listings (June 2013) 1,354
Average Apartment Rent (2 Bedroom, 2 Bath) $725

Source: Tri-City Association of Realtors, July 2013
ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Data for First Quarter 2013, Published May 2013


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Residential Housing Statistics

Month Active Listings Total Sold Average Sales Price Median Sales Price Under Contract
Jan 1,205 198 194,000 175,000 303
Feb 1,179 177 200,300 184,900 314
Mar 1,243 264 204,400 184,900 407
Apr 1,294 293 208,400 185,700 376
May 1,313 304 204,400 189,500 419
June 1,354 288 213,200 187,700 395

Source: Tri-City Association of Realtors, July 2013


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Housing Units

  1990 Census 2000 Census 2010 Census 2011 Estimate
Total Housing Units 58,538 72,047 93,041 96,501
Owner-Occupied 58.0% 64.0% 64.5% 66.7%
Renter-Occupied 35.0% 30.0% 30.7%


Vacant 7.0% 6.0% 4.8% 4.8%

Source: Research 360, June 2012

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Residential Building Permit Statistics


June 2013

2013 Year-to-Date  2012 Year-to-Date
  Permits Valuation Permits Valuation Permits Valuation
Benton County 9 3,094,458 58 18,819,798 40 12,498,600
Franklin County 4 1,582,064 15 5,052,474 29 8,848,855
Kennewick 25 5,871,818 161 37,292,266 131 32,895,424
Pasco 16 3,309,222 112 27,796,003 188 43,919,458
Richland 31 9,184,066 132 40,501,417 156 44,417,705
West Richland 8 1,900,000 76 19,939,000 75 18,191,800
Total SFR 94 25,112,906 556 149,767,150 632 163,150,033

Source: Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities and Walla Walla, July 2013


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Major Industry Employers


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Top 20 Employers


Company Industry Employees
Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research and Development 4,485
URS Government 3,500
CH2M Hill Government 3,260
ConAgra Value Added Agriculture Products 3,057
Bechtel National Government 2,850
Kadlec Medical Center Health Services 2,175
Washington River Protection Government 1,686
Mission Support Alliance Government 1,478
Washington Closure Hanford Government 1,370
Tyson Foods Value Added Agriculture Products 1,300
Energy Northwest Research and Development/Manufacturing 1,222
Kennewick General Hospital Health Services 1,072
Broetje Orchards Value Added Agriculture Products 1,000
Lourdes Health Network Health Services 807
AREVA Manufacturing 662
Apollo Inc. Manufacturing 625
Lockheed Martin Technology/Government 600
Boise Cascade Manufacturing 571
Fluor Federal Services Government 541
Department of Energy (DOE) Government 414

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Government Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
URS DOE Contractor 3,500
CH2M Hill DOE Contractor 3,260
Bechtel National DOE Contractor 2,850
Washington River Protection DOE Contractor 1,686
Mission Support Alliance DOE Contractor 1,478
Washington Closure Hanford DOE Contractor 1,370
Benton County County Services 673
Lockheed Martin Information Technology/DOE Contractor 600
Fluor Federal Services DOE Contractor 541
City of Richland City Services 520
Department of Energy (DOE) U.S. Government 414
City of Kennewick City Services 367
City of Pasco City Services 305
Energy Solutions DOE Contractor 248
Franklin County County Services 190

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Research and Development Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory National Laboratory 4,485
Energy Northwest Utility Generator 1,222

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 Manufacturing Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
AREVA Nuclear Fuel Fabricator/Contractor 662
Apollo Inc./Apollo Sheet Metal Construction Contractor/Sheet Metal Fabricator 625
Boise Cascade/Boise Packaging Paper and Packaging Products 571
Lampson International Heavy Lift and Transport Equipment 225
Infinia Corporation Stirling Generators 150
TiSport Medical, Commercial and Sporting Titanium Tubular Structures 134
Cadwell Laboratories Nuerodiagnostic and Monitoring Devices 100
The Bogert Group Aviation and Hydraulics Products 42
Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) Surgical Appliances/Supplies 28
Viper Aircraft Airplane Manufacturer 4

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Value Added Agriculture Products Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
ConAgra (Lamb Weston) Food Processor - Potatoes 3,057
Tyson Foods Meat Packing 1,300
Broetje Orchards Grower and Distributor of Agriculture Products 1,000
Wyckoff Farms Producer and Distributor - Hopes, Mint, Blueberries 800
Gourmet Trading Grower, Distributor and Processor - Asparagus 600
Pasco Processing (Formerly J.R. Simplot) Food Processor - Frozen Vegetables 350
Reser's Fine Foods Food Processor - Potatoes 230
Douglass Fruit Fruit Packaging 210
AgriNorthwest Grower and Distributor of Agriculture Products 200
Bybee Foods Food Processor - Fresh Onions 165
Twin City Foods Food Processor - Vegetables 150
Tree Top Food Processor - Fruit Juices 147
Balcom & Moe Producer and Distributor of Agriculture Products 100
Milne Fruit Products Food Processor - Fruit Juices, Purees, Custom Blends, and Premixes 75
Chukar Cherries Food Processor - Gourmet Chocolate, Preservatives and Candy 50
J. Lieb Foods, Inc. Food Processor - Bottled Beverages, Salad Dressings, Jam and Marinades 45
Penford Food Ingredients Food Processor - Specialty Potato Starches 25
Fruit Smart Food Processor - Fruit Seed 17

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Warehouse and Distribution Employers



Product/Service Employees
Columbia Colstor Warehouse/Distributor 160
Ferguson Distributor 46
Henningsen Cold Storage Warehouse/Distributor 31

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Healthcare Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
Kadlec Medical Center Hospital 2,175
Kennewick General Hospital Hospital 1,072
Lourdes Health Network Hospital 807
Tri-Cities Laboratory, LLC Health Care 150

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Education Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
Pasco School District K-12 Education 2,065
Kennewick School District K-12 Education 1,473
Richland School District K-12 Education 1,400
Columbia Basin College Community College 766
Washington State University University 225

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Back Office Employers


Company Product/Service Employees
Amazon Call Center 300
West Communications Call Center 180

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Workforce Contacts

WorkSource Columbia Basin
815 N Kellogg Ste D • Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509.734.5900 • Fax: 509.734.5957



Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council
815 N Kellogg Ste C • Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509.734.5980



Debra Wagar, Director
Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Avenue • Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: 509.547.0511 ext 2575

Website:• Email:


Labor Market Information
Workforce Explorer (Washington State Employment Security Department)


Benton County Area Profile
Benton County Labor Area Summary


Tri-Tech Skills Center
Deanna Robertson, Registration/Grades
5929 W. Metaline • Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509.222.7300 • Fax: 734-3609


Labor Force/Employment


Tri-Cities MSA Labor Force (Seasonally Adjusted) - July 2013

Civilian Labor Force 131,400
Employment 119,780
Unemployment 11,620
Unemployment Rate 8.8%

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Labor Force by County (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - July 2013

  Benton County Franklin County Washington State
Civilian Labor Force 97,110 38,420 3,500,050
Employment 89,200 35,050 3,260,830
Unemployment 7,910 3,370 239,220
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 8.8% 6.8%

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Historical Unemployment 


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Non-Agricultural Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - July 2013

Total Nonfarm 99,300
     Goods Producing 14,500
          Construction 6,600
          Manufacturing 7,900
     Services Providing 84,800
          Private Services 67,600
               Trade, Transportation, Utilities 17,600
               Financial Services 4,000
          Government 17,200

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Educational Attainment

High School Graduate 25.7%
Some College, No Degree 22.6%
Associates Degree 8.5%
Bachelor's Degree 13.5%
Graduate Degree 7.7%

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Tri-Cities MSA Population


2000 Census

2010 Census

2013 Estimate

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland MSA
191,822 253,340 268,200
     Benton County 142,475 175,177 183,400
          Kennewick 54,751 73,917 76,410
          Richland 38,708 48,058 51,150
          West Richland 8,385 11,811 13,080
     Franklin County 49,347 78,163 84,800
          Pasco 32,066 59,781 65,600

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Population by Gender


1990 Census

2000 Census

2011 Estimate

2016 Projection

Male 49.9% 50.3% 50.7% 51.0%
Female 50.1% 49.7% 49.3% 49.0%

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Population by Race/Ethnicity 


2000 Census

2010 Census

2011 Estimate

2016 Projection

White 80.0% 75.7% 75.6% 75.6%
Black 1.3% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2.2% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
Some Other Race 12.7% 16.1% 15.3% 15.4%
Two or More Races 3.1% 3.4% 4.2% 4.2%
Hispanic Ethnicity 21.3% 28.7% 29.8% 33.3%
Not Hispanic or Latino 78.7% 71.3% 70.2% 66.7%

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Population by Age 


2000 Census

2010 Census

2011 Estimate

2016 Projection

0 to 4 8.2% 8.4% 8.3% 7.9%
5 to 14 17.4% 14.6% 16.2% 15.6%
15 to 19 8.4% 10.4% 7.7% 7.6%
20 to 24 6.1% 5.2% 6.9% 7.3%
25 to 34 13.0% 14.1% 13.0% 12.9%
35 to 44 15.4% 12.6% 12.6% 11.9%
45 to 54 13.6% 13.2% 13.5% 12.6%
55 to 64 8.0% 11.0% 11.0% 11.9%
65 to 74 5.3% 5.9% 5.9% 7.3%
75 to 84 3.5% 3.2% 3.4% 3.5%
85+ 1.0% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5%

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Median Age 


2000 Census

2010 Census

2011 Estimate

2016 Projection

Total Population 32.7 32.0 33.4 32.9

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2014 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

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The Tri-Cities MSA is the fourth largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the state of Washington.  With a population of 248,400, the major communities are Kenenwick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland.  The Tri-Cities MSA includes both Benton and Franklin Counties.


In this section you will find information on:


For additional demographic information, please contact Bryson Bailey, Director of Business Retention. 


The Second Quarter cost of living report is out from the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association (ACCRA) and it shows, once again, that the Tri-Cities is the least expensive place to live in Washington State. The survey is compiled by The Council for Community and Economic Research for ACCRA and measures the cost of grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services which, when taken together, produce a composite index of a community’s cost of living. The Tri-Cities composite score for the second quarter of 2010 was 92.7. This compares to 94.6 for Yakima, 93.3 for Spokane, 113.0 for Portland/Vancouver, and 120.2 for Seattle. For more information, contact Traci Jao at TRIDEC, (509) 735-1000.

AMIC Signs Exclusive Global License for Advanced Resorbable Yttrium-90 Brachytherapy Seeds

Press Release Source: Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation On Thursday October 7, 2010, 9:00 am EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash., Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation, ("AMIC") (OTCQB:ADMD), a company engaged in the production and distribution of medical isotopes, is delighted to announce the execution of an exclusive world-wide license for patented technology for a proprietary brachytherapy seed with a fast-dissolving matrix for optimized delivery of radionuclides to cancer tissue.

The resorbable seed provides controlled delivery of insoluble yttrium-90 microspheres. The new seed is a joint invention by radiochemists and medical physicists at Battelle in Richland, Washington, and pharmaceutical chemists at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. AMIC is testing and conducting research to develop the new brachytherapy seed, and anticipates filing Premarket Notification (510k) with the FDA in October, 2010. According to AMIC CEO James C. Katzaroff, "Yttrium-90 is an important high-energy beta-emitting medical isotope with outstanding potential for treating highly localized cancer. Controlled delivery of yttrium-90 microspheres in fast-resorbable seeds should provide a unique opportunity to maximize the therapeutic index. This feature should provide high-dose therapy of non-recectable solid tumors with minimal side-effects to neighboring normal tissues."

AMIC anticipates the use of these seeds for prostate cancer as well as for many of the more radiation-resistant cancers such as brain tumors, head and neck tumors, and liver cancer. The resorbable seeds resemble conventional metal brachytherapy seeds and may be placed by direct injection using standard needles, grids, and imaging systems. However, AMIC expects that the technology should enable seed manufacturing at lower-cost relative to conventional welded-metal seeds.

Unlike current seeds that remain in the body emitting low levels of penetrating photon radiation for extended periods of time, yttrium-90 decays with a shorter physical half-life (2.7 days), with negligible radiation outside the patient. The shorter half-life also suggests a potentially higher biological effective dose (BED) value for cancer cell destruction. The insoluble form of the yttrium-90 microspheres effectively confines the radioactivity to the injection site and limits potential dissolution into blood. "Yttrium-90 continues to demonstrate outstanding properties of a preferred medical isotope for cancer treatment, said AMIC Chief Science Officer, Dr. Robert Schenter, "it has been used very effectively as microspheres for treating liver cancer and in cell-directed immunotherapy (Zevalin) for treating non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Yttrium-90 is readily available from commercial suppliers.

About Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation

Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation (AMIC) (OTCQB:ADMD) is a company engaged in the production and distribution of medical isotopes for advanced diagnostic and non-surgical therapeutic application. AMIC's goal is to empower physicians, medical researchers, and ultimately patients by providing them with essential medical isotopes that, until now, have not been feasible or economical, in an effort to detect and cure human disease. For more information, please visit our website,

The Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation logo is available at

About Battelle

Battelle is the world's largest independent research and development organization. Battelle provides solutions to the world's most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. Headquarted in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. PNNL employs 4,900 staff, has an annual budget of nearly $1.1 billion, and has been managed by Battelle since the lab's inception in 1965.

About the University of Utah

The University of Utah is an institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. Founded in 1850, it is the first and largest public higher education institution in Utah, with more than 28,000 students from all 50 states and 110 countries, and a campus comprising 1,534 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Range in Salt Lake City.

Community Land Use Forum

Background Information

In December 2009, DOE (Asst. Secy. Triay) announced an initiative to Reduce EM Footprint at all Weapons Complex sites including Hanford by approximately 50% by FY 2011 leading to a ~90% reduction by FY 2015.  


On March 17, 2010, the Tri-Cities community sent a letter to Assistant Secretary Ines Triay asking for a “community discussion with DOE concerning future Land-Use of the Hanford Site.”  This letter was signed by four city mayors, two counties, three port districts, Hanford Communities and TRIDEC.   Click to download the Community Letter to Secretary Ines Triay.


This request letter pointed out that the community has been remiss over the past several years in staging any on-going discussions with DOE about possible future uses of the Hanford site, including the lack of a discussion about future Hanford land-use for an Energy Park and for renewable energy. 


The signators also stated that they view the Hanford land and some of the features, both natural and man-made, as tremendous assets to the community. 


A DOE/community review would include future public access areas that are not to be restricted within the Hanford Site.  The community’s interest in obtaining Hanford land from DOE either through lease or purchase to Energy Northwest, Benton County, the City of Richland or to the Port of Benton.


On May 13, 2010, Dr. Triay responded favorably to this Community letter by stating “DOE remains committed to making land available for projects and initiatives that are consistent with existing land-use designations and supported by the communities in which our sites reside.  DOE Richland Operations Office will hold an open public meeting in late October to discuss future Hanford land-use with the community at-large. Click to Download the Secretary Ines Triay's letter to the Community.


As a result – TRIDEC and the Tri-City Herald are co-sponsoring 4 public meetings in late September to invite input from our community on what future uses of Hanford land might be of interest to the community at-large prior to the DOE meeting in late October.  These meetings will be held:  





Monday, September 20

6:00-8:00 p.m.

RichlandPublic Library

Tuesday, September 21

6:00-8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 22

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Bechtel Board Rom, Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center

Wednesday, September 22

6:00-8:00 p.m.



Click to download the Hanford Land-Use Planning…Background, Parameters, History, and Future Document


Of the state's top five metropolitan statistical areas, Seattle/Bellevue/Everett, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima, & Kennewick / Pasco/ Richland, the Tri-Cities remains for another year the least expensive place to live. The index is calculated by The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), based in Arlington, VA. The index measures the relative price levels of groceries, housing, health care, utilities and transportation in more than 300 metro areas nationwide. (ACCRA COLI August 2010 Report.)


Paul Schlienz - (Washington Business Summer 2010)
It's the only thing that stands between you and a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon. Find out why that little wedge of cork means big business for one burgeoning Kennewick company.
For centuries, corks have been the last thing in a bottle of wine and the first thing out.


Kadlec Recognized Nationally as a “Best in Class” Employer

Kadlec Health System has learned it is being nationally recognized for the high level of job satisfaction among its workforce. HR Solutions, a company the conducts employee surveys and is endorsed by the American Hospital Association, has awarded Kadlec a “Best in Class” seal for its high ratings in worker satisfaction.

Kadlec scored in the top 10% of attracting, engaging and empowering employees. That translates into motivated employees providing optimum care for patients.

“We’re gratified to earn this honor,” said Rand Wortman, president and chief executive officer of Kadlec Health System. “We’re extremely proud of our 2,200 employees, and the recognition validates the tremendous work they do every day.”
Kadlec has nearly tripled its workforce between 2000 and 2010. In just the past year alone, Kadlec has hired more than 400 new employees.

2010 Gesa Smartmap Expo Sponsors

Smartmap Expo Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Title Sponsor


Silver Sponsors





Media Sponsors



Supporting Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors

Apollo, Inc., Elevate, Express Employment Professionals, Lampson International, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Ports


GLAM (Girls Learning About Manufacturing) Sponsors



The schematic design for the $25-million first phase of the mixed-use Innovation Center at the Tri-Cities Research District was completed on July 9.

The partners are evaluating the inclusion of a Tier III Data Center in the project based on local user needs.

For more information, contact Rick Parsons at Parsons Management Group, (509) 554-9857, or go to the Innovation Center Website .


Tri-Cities, WA -- The Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA MSA has experienced the highest average monthly Year-Over-Year Employment Growth among the nation's 372 metropolitan areas. The first five months average monthly growth rate was 3.8%. A total of seventeen U.S. metros have experienced five consecutive months of year-over-year employment growth from January-May 2010, according to the July 2010 Garner Economics Article, "Job Growth in U.S. Metros, July 2010 Employment Analysis."
The Tri-Cities tops the nation in job growth for the first half of 2010 and continues to show growth in the months of June-July 2010. Since the March 2010 Garner Economics Job Growth in U.S. Metros Report, the Tri-Cities average monthly job growth rate has increased from 3.4% to 3.8% according to the July 2010 Garner Employment Analysis. 
Garner Economics reports on Job Growth in U.S. Metros showcase that the Tri-Cities has led the nation for 17 consecutive months on year-over-year job growth for January 2009-May 2010. Only one other MSA, Sandusky, OH, has experienced 17 consecutive months of
year-over-year job growth January 2009-May 2010 at an average monthly growth rate of 2.5%.
"Of course we have to recognize that a portion of the growth we have experienced occurred because of stimulus funding received by Hanford contractors. However, looking across the 17 month period the Tri-Cities has seen other areas of strong job growth in health care, the food processing industry, and manufacturing," said TRIDEC President and CEO Carl Adrian.
Garner Economics LLC, provides innovative economic development solutions in a competitive global market.

2010 Gesa Smartmap Expo Exhibitors

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | KLMNOP | QRST | UVW | X | Y | Z


Accra-Fab, Inc. - Liberty Lake, WA

Adhesa Plate Mfg. - Seattle, WA

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee - Spokane, WA

Ag Engineering - Kennewick, WA

Allied Technologies, Inc. - Tualatin, OR

A.L. Johnson - Camarillo, CA

American Leak Detection - Spokane, WA

APEL - Richland, WA

Apollo, Inc - Kennewick, WA

Application Specialties - Wenatchee, WA

Aqua Cut, LLC - Kennewick, WA

Aramark Uniform Services - Portland, OR

Aronson-Campbell - Spokane, WA

Artmil - Kennewick, WA

ATI Richland Operations - Richland, WA



Bauer Cases - Vancouver, WA

Beaver Heat Treating - Portland, OR

Bogert Group, Inc - Pasco, WA

Bruker Elemental - Kennewick, WA



Cadwell Laboratories, Inc - Kennewick, WA

Cannon Machine Products, Inc. - Kennewick, WA

Cascade Quality Molding - Yakima, WA

CIMtech - Algona, WA

City of Richland - Richland, WA

Columbia Basin College - Pasco, WA

Columbia Industries - Kennewick, WA

Columbia Manufacturing Services - Vancouver, WA

Columbia Technical Associates, Inc. - West Linn, OR

Conover Insurance - Kirkland, WA

ControlTek - Vancouver, WA



D.B. Roberts Company - Woodinville, WA

Definitive Solutions & Technologies, Inc. - Auburn, WA



Elevate - Richland, WA

Ellison Technologies - Kent, WA

Ellsworth Adhesives - Germantown, WI

Energy Solutions - Richland, WA

Enigma Interconnect - Redmond, WA

ESTeem Wireless Modems - Kennewick, WA

Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington - Seattle, WA

Express Employment Professionals - Kennewick, WA

Extrutech Plastics, Inc. - Manitowoc, WI



Falcon Development, Inc. - Pasco, WA

Flow International - Kent, WA



Gasket Specialties, Inc - Portland, OR

Gesa Credit Union - Richland, WA



Haskins Steel Co., Inc. - Spokane, WA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Pasco, WA



IMAGINiT Technologies, Cleveland, OH

Impact Washington - Mukilteo, WA

Infinia Corporation - Kennewick, WA

Intellegration, LLC - Richland, WA

INWAC - Liberty Lake, WA



J.W. Winco, Inc. - New Berlin, WI



KNDU-TV - Kennewick, WA



Lampson International - Kennewick, WA



Manufacturing Resources, Inc. - Battle Ground, WA

Manufacturing Services, Inc - Kennewick, WA

Marger Johnson & McCollom, P.C. - Portland, OR

Mayflower Metals - Prosser, WA

Mega Tech of Oregon - Corvalis, OR

Meier Architecture Engineering - Kennewick, WA

Mid-Columbia Engineering, Inc. - RIchland, WA

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics - Minneapolis, MN

Mold Rite, Inc - Woodinville, WA

Morel Industries - Seattle, WA

Moss Adams, LLP - Spokane, WA

MSC Industrial Direct - Tukwila, WA



NAI Tri-Cities Commercial Real Estate - Richland, WA

Noel Communications - Yakima, WA

Northwest Agri Products - Pasco, WA

Northwest Etch Technology - Sherwood, OR

Northwest Fourslide, Inc - Sherwood, OR

Nott-Atwater Company - Spokane, WA



Orion Industries - Federal Way, WA



PAC Stainless, LTD - Seattle, WA

Paragon Corporate Housing - Richland, WA

Parsec Computer - Richland, WA

Parsons - Pasco, WA

Perry Technical Institute - Yakima, WA

Plastic Injection Molding, Inc - Richland, WA



Quality Production, Ltd. - Hillsboro, OR

Quest Integration - Post Falls, ID



Rainier Patents - Spokane, WA

R.E. Powell Distributing - Grandview, WA



Seattle Business Magazine - Seattle, WA

Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) - Richland, WA

Small Business Development Center - Kennewick, WA

Sme Consulting - Hayden, ID

Spokane Precision Castings - Spokane, WA

Sun Solutions, Inc - Richland, WA



TiSport - Kennewick, WA

TK Machine Company - Richland, WA

Tool Gauge & Machine Works, Inc - Tacoma, WA

TownSquare Media - Pasco, WA

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business - Kennewick, WA

Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau - Tri-Cities, WA

Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) - Kennewick, WA

Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kennewick, WA

Tri-Ports, Richland, WA

Tri-Tech Skills Center, Kennewick, WA



UL DQS, Inc - Vancouver, WA

University of Phoenix - Kennewick, WA

UniWest - Pasco, WA

U.S. Commercial Service - Spokane, WA



Vision Plastics, Inc - Wilsonville, OR

Vivid Learning Systems - Pasco, WA



Washington Department of Commerce - Seattle, WA

Washington Manufacturing Alert - Renton, WA

Western Sintering Co, Inc - Richland, WA

WorkSource Columbia Basin - Kennewick, WA



Zero Gravity Builders Studio - Pasco, WA


Impact Washington has announced that it will conduct a survey of the state's 7,500 manufacturers in order to create the first comprehensive "Manufacturing in Washington State Report" to collect measurable data about the on the opportunities, challenges, health, and job creation abilities of Washington State manufacturers this fall.
This data will be presented in a series of forums with our EDC partners to decision-makers at all levels, including other business leaders, elected officials and opinion leaders.

Manufacturing executives are encouraged to participate in the poll to help provide a data-rich cross section of industry specific business climate conditions across Washington.
This will be a powerful tool to educate key decision-makers on the critical needs, by sector, size and region for our manufacturing companies to succeed.
The Poll will be conducted by Pollster Rob Autry, from Washington D.C. -based Public Opinion Strategies (POS), during the month of August.
For more information, contact John Vicklund at or
(425) 438-1146 ext. 103.

In Difficult Budget Year, Senator Murray Secures $50 Million Increase for Hanford Cleanup in 2011

Murray improves upon President’s budget request by $50 million to help meet legal and moral obligation to clean up goals

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) a senior member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, announced that she has worked to secure another clear and consistent budget for Hanford cleanup for Fiscal Year 2011. Murray’s announcement comes during a very difficult budget year and means that work to continue to clean up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site can go forward without cutbacks. Senator Murray has been the lead advocate in the U.S. Senate for consistent and adequate budgets for Environmental Management and Hanford cleanup. 

“This is a big victory for cleanup at time when budgets are stretched very thin,” said Senator Murray. “I’ve worked to make it clear that funding Hanford cleanup is our moral and legal obligation and not a luxury that can be targeted for cuts. This is the kind of consistent budget we need each year to deliver on cleanup goals, keep workers on the job, and honor the sacrifices of the Tri-Cities community.”
Senator Murray has been clear with the Obama Administration that she expects, and will work for, consistent yearly funding for Hanford cleanup. After including nearly $2 billion for Hanford cleanup in the Economic Recovery Act, Senator Murray has worked for budgets that meeting cleanup goals will require adequate budgets on a yearly basis.
Last year, after confronting Energy Secretary Steven Chu at an Energy and Water hearing on the need for budgets that meet cleanup goals, Murray secured $2,095,732,000 for Hanford funding - $87 million more than President’s Fiscal Year 2010 request. This year Senator Murray improved upon the Fiscal Year 2010 budget by over $56 million.
The 2011 Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee today and will be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
TOTAL HANFORD FUNDING: $2,177,107,000 --$56,027,000 over FY 2010 enacted
Office of River Protection: $1,158,178,000
Hanford Site (RL): $1,018,929,000 - $50 million above the President’s request


Deadline Extended!

Washington Family Business Awards

The deadline for the first Washington Family Business Awards has been extended to Thursday, July 22! The purpose of the awards is to recognize and celebrate excellence in Washington state among family businesses and to encourage best practices a business sector that accounts for 60 percent of U.S. employment. You can nominate your own company or someone else's, and it's free.

To be eligible, a company must have been in business for at least three years, have at least three employees and be majority controlled by one or more members of a single family.
Click here to register.


Richland's city electric utility is working to add solar power to its grid.


The renewable power source will help fulfill a requirement of Initiative 937 passed by state voters in 2006. The clean energy initiative requires an electric utility with 25,000 or more customers to use "eligible renewable resources" to meet a portion of its load -- 3 percent by 2012, 9 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.


The city has taken a major step toward that goal by partnering with the Port of Benton, the Tri-Cities Research District and Kennewick's Infinia Corp. to establish a solar project on 10 acres near First Street and Stevens Drive in Richland. The port land has leased the site to the city for $1 a year for 20 years.


A ground breaking ceremony was held Thursday for the project.


The pilot project involves setting up 12 to 15 solar power generators made by Infinia -- the first-ever commercial installation of the Kennewick company's 3-kilowatt PowerDish -- which will be connected to the city's power grid.


The PowerDish generators use concentrated sunlight with Infinia's free-piston Stirling engine to generate electricity.


The project will demonstrate how solar power can be harnessed effectively to reduce dependence on any single source of power, said U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.


"The diversification of power sources is a good idea," Hastings said. "We need to have pilot projects for other energy sources as well."


The demonstration system is expected to be functional by fall, said J.D. Sitton, Infinia's president and chief executive officer.


It will generate 45 kilowatts, enough to take care of the energy needs of up to eight homes, he said.


The pilot project will show Infinia technology works and that "we are commercially available," Sitton said.


There's room for adding hundreds of Infinia's PowerDish systems at the site, he said.


The Hanford site gets enough sunlight that it could generate power equal to 16 nuclear plants, each generating about 1,100 megawatts, Sitton said.


One nuclear plant can supply enough power to meet the needs of Seattle.


The Richland project will show how to make the Tri-Cities a green area, said Raymon D. Sieler, Richland Energy Services director.


The city will spend $350,000 for site improvement and to buy and install Infinia's PowerDish systems, Sieler said. The project will pave the way to integrate solar in the city's power grid, which is now largely supported by hydroelectric power, he said.


Gary Spanner, chairman of the Tri-Cities Research District board, called the project a means to promote clean technology. It fits in with the aims of the research district, he said, and there's nothing better than having a local manufacturer bring the clean tech concept to reality.


The research district, which adjoins the solar project area, plans to buy a few additional PowerDish systems for the project, Spanner said.

Infinia 6 Dishes

Fact Sheet

Click to Download Tri-Cities, Washington Fact Sheet (Revised April 2014)
To request a hard copy of the Fact Sheet, please contact TRIDEC at 509-735-1000 or


In the last decade, there has been an enormous increase in the global demand for energy as a result of industrial development and population growth.  Since 2003, consumer energy costs have steadily risen due to continued global increases in petroleum demand, coupled with production stagnation, the falling value of the U.S. dollar, and a myriad of other secondary causes.


Currently, a small part of the world's population consumes a large majority of its resources-with the United States and its population of 300 million people consuming far more oil than China with its population of 1.3 billion people. Now is the time for change.


That's where we come in.


The Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative (MCEI) is providing solutions to global energy challenges by using local and regional energy resources. We are leveraging research development and commercialization expertise, business entrepreneurs, access to land, infrastructure, technical workforce, and a unique combination of sustainable power sources that already exist in this area of the Pacific Northwest.


MCEI offers a region that has the ability to pursue just about any kind of energy generation because of access to land, infrastructure, and a unique combination of sustainable power sources already being produced in the area. Supporting resources for R&D, education and training currently exist as well (i.e. Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), MSA and other leading technology companies, and more).


MCEI supports efforts to transform the nation's current carbon-based economy into a safer, more sustainable, and economically advantageous energy ecosystem.


For more information about MCEI, visit our website


Congressman Doc Hastings (WA-04) has introduced legislation that would repeal part of the new health care law that arbitrarily bans new doctor-owned hospitals and restricts existing doctor-owned hospitals
from growing to meet the needs of their communities.  

“These restrictions are just another way the federal government is taking control of our health care by limiting choices,rationing care and dictating where, when and how Americans get their health care under the new law,” said Hastings. “Something is just plain wrong when the federal government dictates that outside corporations can own hospitals,
but local doctors cannot.”
The new health care law prevents the constructions of doctor-owned hospitals after December 31, 2010, places new reporting mandates on doctor-owned hospitals only and severely restricts the ability of existing doctor-owned hospitals to add beds or expand services.  Hastings’ legislation would simply repeal these bans and restrictions, allowing doctor-owned hospitals to continue to meet the changing needs of their communities. There are currently 260 doctor-owned hospitals operating in the United States and an additional 60 under development. 
“Doctor-owned hospitals are important to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality hometown health care,” said Hastings.  “At a time when this Congress should increase health care choices, they are instead taking options for patients completely off the table.” 
Under the health care law the main campus of doctor-owned hospitals could only expand if they go through a to-be-determined set of bureaucratic hoops and win approval by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Decisions by the Secretary are final with no opportunity to appeal.  Health clinics and other facilities not located o the hospital’s main campus could never expand under the law.
“Decisions about the growth of local health care facilities and the needs of our communities should not be dictated to us from 3,000 miles away in Washington, DC,” said Hastings.  “Limiting access to health care, particularly in rural communities, will lead to longer waits, longer drives for patients and higher prices.” 

May Marks 5th Month of Growth

According to our Regional Labor Economist, Ajsa Suljic, May marks the 5th month of employment growth for the Tri-Cities MSA.  The majority of the employment gains were in the private services and goods producing sectors.


Over the year, the Tri-Cities MSA has seen an addition of 3,000 nonfarm jobs.  These jobs are in the professional and business services, retail trade, government (mainly federal), trade, transportation and warehousing, education, and health services.  The annual growth of more than 3% put the total number of nonfarm jobs to 99,300 last month.

Tri-Cities, WA is Online

The Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) is excited to announce the launch of Tri-Cities Buzz, a BlogSpot for the Tri-Cities!


It’s an exciting time to be in the Tri-Cities as the weather warms up and outdoor recreational activities abound.


TRIDEC is thrilled to announce that over the past few months TRIDEC member ImageWorks has been developing a new website for TRIDEC and it is now online!


Add comments to this blog about what you think and how all of us at TRIDEC can improve your use of our site. We are here to work for you and the success of the Tri-Cities business climate.


A warm welcome to three new members who recently joined TRIDEC: Aramark Uniform Services, Focal Point Marketing, & Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.


Our member investors are our greatest partners in continuing our vision for the economic prosperity of the Tri-Cities and we encourage you to do business with our member companies.


Thanks for buzzing by and be sure to subscribe to Tri-Cities Buzz for the latest news and happenings in Tri-Cities, WA.

2010 Gesa Smartmap Expo Agenda

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meier Smartmap Tours . . . Manhattan Project B Reactor Museum
For Sponsors and Exhibitors ONLY.  Limited to 100 people on a first-come-first-served basis.

 Bus tours depart from and return to the TRAC Center.  Return times are approximate.

  • Tour 1 - Departs: 8:30 a.m. / Returns: 12:00 p.m. SOLD OUT
  • Tour 2 - Departs: 10:30 a.m. / Returns: 2:00 p.m. SOLD OUT


The B Reactor was the first production scale nuclear reactor ever built.  COmpleted in 1944, it manufactured plutonium for the world's first atomic bomb.  After World War II it continued to produce plutonium for the Cold War and was the model on which later ractors were designed.  It was permanently shut down in February, 1968.


The B Reactor is being considered as part of a new Manhattan Project Historical Park by the National Park Srvice.  it has been administered by the United Staes Department of Energy since 1977.


Gesa Get Acquainted Reception
For Sponsors and Exhibitors ONLY.

Join other manufacturers vendors and service providers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Network, develop strategic alliances, learn and grow your business!


Hors d'oeuvres, beverages (including two free tickets for wine and/or beer), and live music featuring the very cool jazz sounds of Stiletto.


  • Location: Vineyard Room, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco, WA 99301 (Next to TRAC Center)
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 30 , 2010

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Success Seminars

  • The State of Manufacturing in Washington
  • Making Money machining - The Job Shop's Guide to Today's High Technology Machine Tools
  • Equipment Loans to Operating Lines - Finding the Missing Links to Success
  • Maximum Efficiency with Modern Metalcutting Technology
  • The Technology Revolution and Its Impact on Training
  • The Evolving Manufacturing Landscape


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Manufacturer's Exposition

Join other manufacturers, vendors and service providers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Network, develop strategic alliances, learn and grow your business!


Noon - 1:00 p.m. - TRIDEC Manufacturing Appreciation Luncheon

Prospering in Tumultuous Times - Keynote Speaker: Christina C. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gesa Credit Union

The Gesa Smartmap Expo 2010 is delighted to bring Christina C. Brown back as our Keynote Speaker.  Her presentation "Leading with Foresight and Certainty" at the 2009 Expo was the most well received Luncheon presentations in the history of the event.


Ms. Brown will pick up where she left off, presenting a series of inspiring business success stories. While presenting the struggles and triumphs of area businesses, this presentation will enable Smartmap participants to make a leap in understanding how an organization, business or community, can ignite to action in a changing economy.


Ms. Brown joined Gesa Credit Union in July of 2007 where her leadership and passion have become hallmarks of her tenure at the company. Ms. Brown has been a distinguished leader in the larger credit union movement since 1993.  Prior to joining Gesa, Ms. Brown served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations for Xceed Financial Credit Union (formerly Xerox Federal Credit Union), a progressive institution with over $750 million in assets.  Ms. Brown will present how your manufacturing company can not only survive, but prosper in tumultuous times.

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