Coffee with Karl
Community Conversations

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 Friday at 9AM on Facebook Live or ZOOM. Recordings of the videos are typically available on our website within 48 hours of the broadcast ending.

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)
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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