Coffee with Karl: Community Conversations on Rebuilding the Tri-Cities Together

Each Friday, TRIDEC CEO Karl Dye invites local leaders, elected officials, and industry experts from the Tri-Cities and throughout Washington state to chat over a cup of coffee.

These in-depth and interactive conversations are filmed and broadcast live. They provide resources for business owners, offer updates on our local economy, and help the Tri-Cities navigate urgent issues as we work towards reopening our businesses and rebuilding our economy together.

Episodes are aired live every 2nd and 4th Fridays at 9AM on Facebook Live or ZOOM.

Season 2:

Episode 39: PNNL: Investing in Our Future
Featuring: Steve Ashby, Laboratory Director, PNNL
October 22, 2021

Episode 38: Focusing on Families & Children
Featuring: Dr. LoAnn Ayers and Charles Simpson, United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties
October 8, 2021

Episode 37: BFCOG: Planning for the Future
Featuring: Michelle Holt and Davin Diaz, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
September 24, 2021

Episode 36: Driving Pasco’s Future
Featuring: Mike Gonzalez, City of Pasco; and Stephen McFadden, Port of Pasco
September 17, 2021

Episode 35: DC Update
Featuring: Tim Peckinpaugh, K&L Gates and David Reeploeg, TRIDEC
August 27, 2021

Episode 34: The COVID Crisis
Featuring: Dr. Amy Person, Benton-Franklin Health District; John Solheim, Trios Health; Lori Mattson, Tri-City Regional Chamber; and Dr. Jasdip Matharu, Lourdes Health
August 20, 2021

Episode 33: Lampson International Worldwide Leader in Heavy Transport
Featuring: Kate Lampson, Lampson International
August 13, 2021

Episode 32: SIGN Fracture Care: Restoring Limbs and Livelihoods
Featuring: Jeanne Dillner, Sean Bradley, Jeri Rosenthal, SIGN Fracture Care International
August 6, 2021

Episode 31: Vit Plant: Final Steps in the Journey to Operation
Featuring: Valerie McCain, Bechtel National Inc. and Tom Fletcher,  U.S. Department of Energy
July 15, 2021

Episode 30: Congressional Update
Featuring: Senator Maria Cantwell
July 9, 2021

Episode 29: Tourism and Economic Recovery
Featuring: Michael Novakovich, Hector Cruz, Karisa Saywers, and Lara Watkins, Visit Tri-Cities
July 1, 2021

Episode 28: 3 Rivers Community Foundation: Investing in Our Community Now and Forever
Featuring: Abbey Cameron, Executive Director, 3 Rivers Community Foundation
June 25, 2021

Episode 26: MCEI: Securing our Economic, Energy and Environmental Future
Featuring MCEI Committee Chairs: Chad Bartram, Jennifer Harper (Transportation), Jason Herbert (Nuclear), Diahann Howard (Nuclear), George Muntean (Energy Storage)
June 11, 2021

Episode 25: Aligning K 12 Curriculum to Career and Education Pathways
Featuring: Paul Randall, Tri-Tech Skills Center and Keeley Gant, Columbia Basin College
June 3, 2021

Episode 24: Impact of the 2021 Legislative Session
Featuring: Representative Matt Boehnke
May 19, 2021

Episode 23: Celebrating Economic Development Successes
Featuring: Karl Dye and Traci Jao, TRIDEC
May 14, 2021

Episode 22: Mental Health in the Workplace
Featuring: Dr. William Waters, Comprehensive Healthcare and Craig Timmons, Chaplaincy Healthcare
May 7, 2021

Episode 21: Nuclear: Powering the Way to a Clean Energy Future
Featuring: John Kotek and Dan Smith, Nuclear Matters; Nick Bumpaous and Jason Herbert, Clean Future Northwest
April 30, 2021

Episode 20: Carbitex: Harnessing Carbon Fiber’s Performance in Flexible Form
Featuring: Ron Boninger, CEO, Carbitex
April 23, 2021

Episode 19: Tri-Cities K12 Education Update
Featuring: Dr. Traci Pierce, Kennewick School District; Michelle Whitney, Pasco School District; and Dr. Shelley Redinger, Richland School District
April 23, 2021

Episode 18: Celebrating 20 Seasons of Dust Devils Baseball
Featuring: Derrel Ebert, VP & GM, Tri-City Dust Devils
April 9, 2021

Episode 17: 2021 City Economic Development Projects
Featuring: Mayor Linda Lehman, City of Benton City; and Mayor Lee Barrow, City of Connell
April 2, 2021

Episode 16: The Power of Three – A New Future for Nuclear Energy
Featuring: Clay Sell, CEO, X-energy; Brad Sawatzke, CEO, Energy Northwest; and Kevin Nordt, GM/CEO, Grant PUD
April 1, 2021

Episode 15: TRIDEC’s 58th Annual Meeting
Featuring: Eric Pearson, Board Chair and TRIDEC Staff
March 26, 2021

Episode 14: COVID-19: Year 1 and Beyond
Featuring: Jason Zaccaria, Benton-Franklin Health District and Dr. Amy Person, Benton-Franklin Health District
March 18, 2021

Episode 13: 2021 Federal Outlook
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Brian Vance, DOE-RL/ORP; Roger Snyder, DOE-PNSO; and Tim Peckinpaugh, K&L Gates
March 12, 2021

Episode 12: 2021 Higher Education Outlook
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: President Rebekah Woods, Columbia Basin College and Chancellor Sandra Haynes, WSU Tri-Cities
Click to Download: CBC Presentation / WSU Presentation
March 9, 2021

Episode 11: 2021 Port Economic Development Projects
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Tim Arntzen, Port of Kennewick; Stephen McFadden, Port of Pasco; and Miles Thomas, Port of Benton
Click to Download: Port of Kennewick Video/ Port of Pasco Presentation / Port of Benton Presentation
March 9, 2021

Episode 10: Life in the Tri
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Megan Hughes, Barnard Griffin Winery; Michael Novakovich, Visit Tri-Cities; Krista Patterson, Northwest Paddleboarding; and Buck Taft, Pasco Airport
Click to Download: Tourism Outlook Presentation / Wine Industry Outlook
March 5, 2021

Episode 9: Snake River Dams-Floating the Pacific Northwest Economy
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Jim Yost, Northwest Power and Conservation Council; Kristin Meira, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA); Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center
February 26, 2021

Episode 8: 2021 City Economic Development Projects
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Evelyn Lusignan, City of Kennewick; Rick White, City of Pasco; Mandy Wallner, City of Richland; and Eric Mendenhall, City of West Richland
Click to Download: City of Kennewick Presentation / City of Pasco Presentation / City of West Richland Presentation
February 24, 2021

Episode 7: 2021 Housing Outlook
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: John Keltch, Tri-City Association of Realtors;  and Jeff Losey, Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities
Click to Download: Residential Housing Outlook Presentation / Residential Construction Outlook Presentation
February 19, 2021

Episode 6: Tri-Cities Regional Economy Outlook
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Ajsa Suljic, Washington State Employment Security Department
Click Here to Download Ajsa’s Presentation
February 12, 2021

Episode 5: Commerce Outlook 2021
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Chris Green, Washington State Department of Commerce
February 9, 2021

Episode 4: Main Street Outlook 2021
Special Series: Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook
Featuring: Stephanie Button, Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership; Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez, Downtown Pasco Development Authority; Mandy Wallner, City of Richland; and Jesalyn C. Cole, Historic Downtown Prosser Association
February 5, 2021

Episode 3: COVID’s Impact on Mental Health
Featuring: Wanda Kontur, Timothy Ledbetter, and Brandy Hickey, Chaplaincy Health Care
January 29, 2021

Episode 2: Tri-Cities Legislative Priorities
Featuring: Jason Herbert, Tri-Cities Legislative Council; Stephanie Swanberg, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce; and David Reeploeg, TRIDEC
January 15, 2021

Episode 1: Community Resolutions for 2021
Featuring: Lori Mattson, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Michael Novakovich, Visit Tri-Cities
January 8, 2021

Season 1

Episode 34: The Future of Energy Storage at PNNL
Featuring: Dr. Vince Sprenkle, PNNL

Episode 33: Update on COVID-19’s Impact on the Tri-Cities Healthcare System
Featuring: Reza Kaleel, Kadlec Health System; and John Solheim, Trios Health

Episode 32: Hanford Mission Integration Solutions & the Future of Supporting Hanford Cleanup
Featuring: Bob Wilkinson, Hanford Mission Integration Solutions; and David Reeploeg, TRIDEC

Episode 31: ’tis the Season with TRIDEC
Featuring: TRIDEC Staff

Episode 30: The Future of K-12 Education
Featuring: Dr. Traci Pierce, Kennewick School District; Michelle Whitney, Pasco School District; and Dr. Shelley Redinger, Richland School District

Episode 29: SPECIAL Update from the Benton-Franklin Health District
Featuring: Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer, Benton-Franklin Health District

Episode 28: Resiliency of the Arts
Featuring: Debra Pearse Rogo & Joel Rogo, Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet & the Mid-Columbia Ballet; Davin Diaz, DrewBoy Creative; Dee Boyle, Kennewick Arts Commission

Episode 27: The Importance of STEM Education
Featuring: Evangelina Galvan Shreeve, Director, STEM Education, PNNL; and Deb Bowen, Director, Washington State STEM Education Foundation and Mid-Columbia STEM Network

Episode 26: Resiliency of Small Business
Featuring: Shaun Ehlers, Free Culture Clothing; and Alexandra RoseLee, White Glove Weddings

Episode 25: A Carbon-Free Future
Featuring: Brad Sawatzke, CEO, Energy Northwest

Episode 24: Environmental Innovation at PNNL
Featuring: Dr. Dawn Wellman, Division Director, Earth Systems Science, PNNL

Episode 23: Tri-Cities in the Making
Featuring: C. Mark Smith, Author & Economic Development Leader

Episode 22: Washington in the Making
Featuring: Mike Schwenk, Board Chair, AWB Institute

Episode 21: Tri-Cities: A History of Resiliency
Featuring: Former TRIDEC President & CEO Carl Adrian, and Gary Petersen, Former TRIDEC VP of Federal Programs.

Episode 20: PNNL’s Innovative Leadership
Featuring: Steve Ashby, Laboratory Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Episode 19: Progressing the Trend with Benton-Franklin Health District
Featuring: Jason Zaccaria, District Administrator; Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer; and Nurse Heather Hill, CD Supervisor

Episode 18: Future of Higher Education
Featuring: Rebekah Woods, President of Columbia Basin College and Sandra Haynes, Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities

Episode 17: TRIDEC Staff
Featuring: David Reeploeg, VP of Federal Programs; Traci Jao, Director of Business Recruitment; David Chavey, Director of Business Retention and Expansion; Ashley Stubbs, Director of Communications and Member Services; Laura Warr, Director of Finance; and Tiffany Burke, Executive Administrative Assistant

Episode 16: The Future of Economic Development (Ports)
Featuring: Tim Arntzen, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Kennewick; Gary Ballew, Director of Economic Development & Marketing for the Port of Pasco; and Miles Thomas, Director of Economic Development & Governmental Affairs for the Port of Benton

Episode 15: Future of Economic Development (Cities)
Featuring: Rohana Carmichael, Economic Development Marketing Specialist for the City of Kennewick; Rick White, Community & Economic Development Director for the City of Pasco; Mandy Wallner, Economic Development Marketing Specialist for the City of Richland; and Eric Mendenhall, Community Development Manager for the City of West Richland

Episode 14: Tri-Cities Labor Market & Workforce Development
Featuring: Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist for Employment Security Department (ESD); and Tiffany Scott, CEO of Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council

Episode 13: Events & The Tri-Cities Economy
Featuring: Corey Pearson, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Convention Center, Toyota Center, & Toyota Arena; Lori Lancaster, Executive Director of the Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo; and Kathy Powell, Event Director of the Tri-Cities Water Follies

Episode 12: Tourism and Economic Diversification
Featuring: Michael Novakovich, President & CEO, Visit Tri-Cities

Episode 11: Road to Recovery
Featuring: Dr. Amy Person (BFHD), Rick Dawson (BFHD), City of Kennewick Mayor Don Britain, City of Pasco Mayor Saul Martinez, and City of Richland Mayor Ryan Lukson

Episode 10:#MaskUpTC! Helping Our Businesses
Featuring: Shae Frichette, Frichettte Winery; Barbara Johnson, Columbia Center Mall; Tracy LaMarr, TC Food Dudes; and Steve Simmons, CG Public House and Catering

Episode 9: A Data Driven Approach to Stop COVID and Rebuild Our Economy
Featuring: Niket Thakkar, Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM)
Click to Download Presentation Slides

Episode 8: A Conversation About Reopening Downtown
Featuring: Stephanie Button, Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership; Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez, Downtown Pasco Development Authority; and Mandy Wallner, City of Richland

Episode 7: A Conversation About Getting the Tri-Cities to Phase 2
Featuring: Jerrod MacPherson, Benton County Administrator; Keith Johnson, Franklin County Administrator; and Rick Dawson, Benton-Franklin Health District

Episode 6: A Conversation About the Return of Air Travel to the Tri-Cities
Featuring: Buck Taft, Tri-Cities Airport and Jack Penning, Volaire Aviation Consulting

Episode 5: A Conversation with Kris Johnson on Rebuilding the Tri-Cities
Featuring: Kris Johnson, Association of Washington Business (AWB)

Episode 4: A Conversation with BFHD on Rebuilding the Tri-Cities
Featuring: Jason Zaccaria and Rick Dawson, Benton-Franklin Health District

Episode 3: A Conversation with Congressman Dan Newhouse on Rebuilding the Tri-Cities
Featuring: Congressman Dan Newhouse

Episode 2: Importance of Healthcare in Rebuilding the Tri-Cities
Featuring: Reza Kaleel, Kadlec Health System; John Solheim, Trios Health; and Rob Monical, Lourdes Health

Episode 1: Rebuilding Small Business and the Tourism Industry
Featuring: Lori Mattson,  Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Michael Novakovich, Visit Tri-Cities