Embracing the Opportunities standard

Economic development opportunities are like seasons. They are here today, gone tomorrow. To be successful, the community must embrace those opportunities before they pass like the sunset over the horizon.  Fortunately, the Tri-Cities has embraced one of the most dynamic and exciting manufacturing opportunities in the United States, if not the world…..the Columbia Basin food and beverage industry. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, in 2015 food and beverage processing accounted for 44% of manufacturing companies, 60% of manufacturing wages and 70% of manufacturing employment in Benton and Franklin Counties. Obviously, food and beverage processing is the key player in local manufacturing. The industry is dominated by large, international companies such as Lamb Weston, Reser’s Fine Foods, Twin ...

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TRIDEC’s 54th Annual Meeting Luncheon standard

Join TRIDEC on Wednesday, March 15, from 12-1:30 at the Pasco Red Lion, as we celebrate our 54th Annual Meeting and the Faster, Bolder, Brighter successes of 2016. Keynote Speaker for the Annual Meeting is Rod Halsell, Senior VP, Supply Chain for AutoZone. Cost to Attend: Member: $30.00     |     Non-Member: $35.00     |     Group Rate (8): $220.00 Online Event Registration Download Event Registration Form Download Sponsorship Information Keynote Presentation: Faster, Bolder, Brighter!  In the Zone with AutoZone Distribution Center! Speaker: Rod Halsell, Senior VP, Supply Chain

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Tri-Cities Ends 2016 as State’s Fastest-Growing Job Market standard

The Tri-Cities boasted Washington’s fastest-growing job market for 2016, with an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent. In fact, the top three economies for 2016 were all in Eastern Washington, with Wenatchee and Spokane rounding out the list. In real numbers, the Tri-Cities economy added 3,800 jobs in 2016, according to December figures released Tuesday by the Washington Employment Security Department. The Seattle area, not surprisingly, posted the most new jobs, accounting for 46,000 of the 82,000 jobs added in Washington last year, a growth rate of 2.9 percent. The state average was 2.6 percent. Eastern Washington’s strong jobs performance is welcome news, said Ajsa Suljic, the state’s regional labor economist. “If we’re all growing, it means there a lot ...

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At Perry Nomination Hearing, Cantwell Secures Commitment to Hanford Cleanup, Worker Safety standard

Washington, D.C. – On January 19, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) questioned former Texas Governor Rick Perry on nuclear waste issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the state of Washington. Gov. Perry has been nominated to serve as Secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE), with responsibility for cleanup at Hanford. “The Department of Energy has built and maintained our nuclear deterrent, has led the science and technology development that continues to guide our ongoing nonproliferation efforts, and manages the nuclear weapons complex facilities—such as Hanford—that helped us win World War II and the Cold War,” Sen. Cantwell said. “So it is very important that we talk today about our steadfast determination on ...

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Washington Congressional Delegation Urges President-Elect Trump to Prioritize Hanford Cleanup, Worker Health, Tri-Cities Safety standard

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today (January 9, 2017), U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Adam Smith (WA-09), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Denny Heck (WA-10), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) wrote President-Elect Donald Trump to urge him to make the ongoing cleanup at the Hanford nuclear waste site a high priority. The letter provided essential background information on the cleanup and remediation operations at the site and emphasized the importance of worker safety and protecting communities in the Tri-Cities region and beyond. The senators and representatives called for the incoming administration’s full support for and attention to the Hanford ...

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