Kennewick job fair planned for
Columbia Basin, Goodwill Employment Connections Center and Opportunities
Industrialization Center Pasco will have a job fair March 21.
employers from various industries will participate. Job preparation classes
will be offered at Goodwill and WorkSource to better prepare job seekers.
event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WorkSource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D,
Leadership Tri-Cities applications
due April 30
are being accepted for the next Leadership Tri-Cities class.
program includes 10 sessions focusing on various sectors and industries in the
Tri-Cities. The sessions give class members unique access to key facilities
throughout the Tri-Cities and provide dialogue and interaction with prominent
local and state leaders in the region.
class meets over 10 months for a full day each month, learning about regional
issues, digging deeper with peers, exploring diverse perspectives and building
learn more about the program, attend an informational open house from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Tri-City Development Council, 7130 W. Grandridge
Blvd., Kennewick. RSVPs are not required.
for the 2019-20 is $1,400 per person, which covers all fees, meals, session
transportation and lodging.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 30. For more information, go to leadershiptricities.com.
Tri-Cities follows state’s surging
retail sales trend
sales in construction and new and used automobiles continued to boost the
state’s taxable retail sales in third quarter 2018, including in Benton and
the taxable retail sales increased by 8.3 percent in the third quarter of 2018
during the same period in 2017, reaching $44.7 billion.
Benton County, taxable retails sales increase 6.2 percent in the third quarter
of 2018 over a year ago, reaching $1.08 billion. In Franklin County, for the
same period, the sales increased 8.7 percent, reaching $435 million.
the Tri-Cities, here’s how much the taxable retail sales increased, year over
year, for the third quarter: Kennewick, 8.4 percent; Richland, 4.7 percent;
Pasco, 9.9 percent; and West Richland, 10.4 percent.
Statewide, construction rose 11.6 percent to $9.5 billion
and taxable retail sales reported by new and used auto dealers increased 4.9
percent to $3.7 billion.
trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by 6.9
percent to a total of $18.6 billion, statewide. Retail trade includes sales of
items such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, but excludes other
industries, such as services and construction.
retail sales are transactions subject to the retail sales tax, including sales
by retailers, the construction industry, manufacturing and other sectors.
figures are part of a quarterly report released in February by the state
Department of Revenue. The taxable retail sales figures compare the same
quarter year-over-year to equalize any seasonal effects that would influence
consumer and business spending.
legislator back at work after heart attack
Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, has returned to Olympia
following a heart attack Jan. 25.
“Having a heart attack was a life-changing event. But
let me tell you, it sure is nice to be back to work here in Olympia, proudly
representing the people of the 16th District,” Jenkin said in a news release.
Jenkin has resumed his leadership role as the ranking
Republican on the House Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee.
He also resumes service on the House Capital Budget and Commerce and Gaming
The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the 105-day
session April 28.
of Business fundraiser rescheduled
blizzard prompted the rescheduling of the third annual Point to Success Brunch
to benefit the Carson College of Business at Washington State University
event will be at 10 a.m. March 30 at Anthony’s Restaurant in Richland. It was
originally scheduled Feb. 9.
Those who have already registered are good to go. If not, registration is re-opened at tricities.wsu.edu/ccbbrunch. Cost is $100 per person.
master of ceremonies will be KNDU Television news anchor Tracci Dial and the
featured speaker will be Tim Hanni, an internationally known expert in wine and
the wine business, and the first person in the U.S. to earn the Master of Wine
credential. He is author of “Why you like the Wines you Like.”
brunch will include a live auction, a $25 wine grab and $10 game of
is donating the venue, food and champagne, so almost all of the money raised
goes to the Carson College of Business at WSU Tri-Cities.
free small business training program
the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Small Business Administration Spokane
Branch Office – part of the SBA Seattle District – is offering the Emerging
Leaders training program for small businesses in the Inland Northwest on the
brink of growth.
program provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of
small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.
entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time and
provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced
coaches and mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with peers, local
leaders and the financial community.
graduates include small-business owners from north Idaho, the Tri-Cities, Walla
Walla, Colville and Spokane.
its inception in 2008, the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained more
5,000 small business owners across the country. The program has grown to be
offered in 60 cities across the U.S. this year.
eligibility requirements to participate include: having business annual
revenues between $250,000 and $10 million; been in business for at least three
years; have at least one employee, other than self; and demonstrate the
business is on the brink of growth or transition.
program is free to small-business owners, but space is limited. There are 20
The SBA Spokane Branch Office is accepting online applications at www.sba.gov/EmergingLeaders through March 24. The program will run from May through October.
For more information about the program, contact Joel Nania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-353-2810.
eight-week small business startup series
local workshop series aimed at small businesses called Launch Startup kicks off
April 9 at Fuse in Richland.
weekly series runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday through June 4.
Entrepreneurs who already have started their company and are now looking to
deepen their business knowledge and develop a plan for improvement are ideal
candidates for the course.
topics include financial growth and control, sales and marketing, product
solutions, team building, building a customer service culture and financial
growth and control. Instructors are seasoned business owners willing to share
their experiences of success and challenges in growing a small business.
class is $297 for Fuse members, or $397 for others. Non-members receive free
coworking at Fuse for the duration of the eight-week series.
For more information, go to fusespc.com/fuse-launch-startup.
breakfast raises money for 2 nonprofits
A fundraiser breakfast to support Safe Harbor Support
Center and My Friends’ Place is planned March 28.
The local nonprofits are committed to the prevention of
child abuse and neglect by providing a safe and nurturing environment for
children and teens when there are no alternatives.
The annual Spring Breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
March 28 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
This event will include a full, plated breakfast and a
presentation from Executive Director Karen Kirk-Brockman. Additionally, guests
will have an opportunity to learn more about programs from Safe Harbor, Parent
for Parents, My Friends’ Place.
For reservations to this free annual event or to become a table sponsor, go to safeharborsupportcenter.org or call 509-783-5734.
connects professionals to students
Washington State University Tri-Cities is launching a
new program geared toward supporting students in their future careers.
Through the program, Partners in Career Development,
professionals will be connected with students in their industry where they will
have the opportunity to discuss real world career skills; experiences and credentials
students should be seeking to be an ideal candidate; and future opportunities
at their company and in the industry
Partners also will be able to help students with résumés
and cover letters, or help with interview prep.
Employers and professionals will be able to dictate the
time commitment they are willing to contribute and the type of mentorship
opportunities they would like to offer. Volunteer commitments can range from a
one time commitment, to once a week, to a few times a month or more.
The program officially launches March 18. Employers and professionals are encouraged to call 509-372-7433 or email email@example.com.
explore burden of Hanford cleanup
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Northwest News
Network’s Anna King will present her award-winning public radio project
Daughters of Hanford at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
Afterward, King will moderate a panel discussion with
three of the experts. The event starts at 5 p.m. March 21 in WSU Tri-Cities’
Daughters of Hanford is oral histories, portraits and
personal archives of women who changed the World War II plutonium production
site, and women who were changed by it.
The evening’s panel discussion will feature three
Daughters of Hanford: retired Washington State Ecology geologist Zelma Maine
Jackson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Frannie Smith and retired head
of Washington State Ecology’s Hanford program, Jane Hedges.
Daughters of Hanford was created in partnership with WSU
Tri-Cities, The Reach museum and Northwest Public Broadcasting.
college, WSU WiSTEM and the Women Chemist Committee of the American Chemical
Society, Richland Section, are presenting the program together.
Daughters of Hanford is an award-winning series, a museum
installation and a radio documentary.
Listen to the audio stories and explore the full project and photography at daughtersofhanford.org.
Safety Expo set April 16-17 in Pasco
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Health and
Safety Expo. The annual event is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 16- 17 at the TRAC
facility in Pasco.
This year’s theme on transportation safety will include
specialized displays, distracted driving and vehicle accident demonstrations,
bicycle rodeos and free fitted helmets for children.
The expo will feature a variety of booths, displays and
demonstrations to promote a proper work-life balance, improve organizational
safety culture, expand safety awareness, inspire innovation and apply science
to the topic of safety. There also will be breakout sessions on topics that
include cyber education, the opioid crisis and proper use of car seats.
Admission and parking are free.
The Health and Safety Expo is supported by the Department of Energy, Hanford contractors and the Hanford unions. For more information, go to hanford.gov/page.cfm/HealthSafetyExpo or find on Facebook.
Richland Rotary completes Howard
Amon beach project
The Richland Rotary Club
recently completed a yearlong project to improve a public beach area at Howard
The new Richland Rotary
Beach provides access to the water along a section of the community park
The club collaborated with
the city of Richland to plan and execute the stabilization of the shoreline to
prevent further erosion of the beach area. The club’s legacy project marks the
70th anniversary of Richland Rotary, which was founded in 1949.
Richland Rotarians in bright
neon “Rotarian At Work” T-shirts gathered Jan. 29 with Richland City Manager
Cindy Reents and Director of Parks and Public Facilities Joe Schiessl for a
brief ceremony to unveil the beach reclamation project and sign.
The basalt column sign,
which features sand-blasted letters, was installed near the Lee Boulevard dock
to complement Richland Rotary’s Centennial Plaza gazebo project on the north
end of Howard Amon Park.
Rotary work crew volunteers
included Roy Keck, Dick Richter, President Bob Tibbatts, Mike Sinclair, Jon
Putz, Larry Lowry, Tim Lewis, Gary Scofield, Janet Griffin, Pat Hollick and
requested on Hanford Lifecycle Report
The U.S. Department of
Energy Richland Operations Office and the Office of River Protection have
released the 2019 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Schedule and Cost Report, known as
the Lifecycle Report.
It reflects the cleanup work
that must be completed under the Tri-Party Agreement and other environmental
The report is available at https://go.usa.gov/xENz8.
DOE is collecting written feedback on the report through April 15. For more information, go to the Hanford events calendar at hanford.gov.
Tri-Cities ranks No. 3 best city for
The Tri-Cities was ranked the No. 3 best city for electricians nationwide, according to a study by Advisor Smith.
The business insurance advisor
company’s study cites Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory and cold-storage and nuclear power plant facilities for
creating plentiful jobs for electricians.
has more electricians than the average city in our study and has a cost of
living that is about average,” the report said.
electrician salary in the Tri-City area was $82,000, which was the
third-highest salary in the study among cities in the U.S.
list of best cities for electricians was Decatur, Illinois, followed by St.
analyzed cities based on electrician salaries, cost of living and the
availability of jobs for electricians.
Nuclear industry holding millennial caucus
Researchers and leaders — especially those early in
their careers, including college students — from the region’s nuclear industry
are invited to learn, network and join the discussion about “Nuclear Energy and
its Contribution to Future Sustainability.”
The Millennial Nuclear Caucus on April 4 is presented by
the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, in partnership with
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the region’s nuclear industry,
including Bechtel, Flibe Energy and NuScale Power.
Topics represent the full spectrum of the nuclear field:
supporting the existing fleet, designing small modular and advanced reactors,
managing spent fuel and advocating for a thriving nuclear future.
expo opens at 12:30 p.m. with flash talks, industry representatives, career
advice, demonstrations, research posters and tours (space is limited, register
in advance). The 4 p.m. keynote, “Rebalancing The Humanity-Environment Equation
Through Technology,” by Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, executive director of the
Versatile Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory. His talk is followed by a
panel discussion and a networking reception.
Attendance is free but registration is required at pnnl.cvent.com/MillennialNuclearCaucus2019. The event is at PNNL’s Discovery Hall, 650 Horn Rapids Road, Richland. For more information, email Kelly.McIntosh@pnnl.gov or call 509-375-3880.
CITC open house set April 11 at new Pasco
Construction Industry Training Council of Washington training center in Pasco
is celebrating its opening with an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 11
at 5804 Road 90, Suite K in Pasco.
opened its doors Nov. 2 to more than 70 students who are taking part in the
four-year “electrical: commercial wireman” cohort. It is the fifth of CITC’s
training facilities in Washington, joining others in Marysville, Vancouver,
Spokane and Bellevue.
9,600-square-foot building, designed by Rhodes Architecture + Light of Seattle,
and built by Elite Construction & Development of Pasco, includes three
laboratories – two dedicated to the electrical trades and one to the sheet
metal apprenticeship – and four classrooms. Absolute Power, Inc. of Pasco was
the job’s electrical contractor and Jacob & Rhodes of Kennewick performed
mechanical work on the project.
and greet” open house includes facility tours and light refreshments.
To RSVP, contact Ken Hill, CITC’s Eastern Washington apprenticeship and facility manager, at 509-919-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
finds kindergarten scores predict future success
The Children’s Reading Foundation national office, headquartered in
Kennewick, recently released a school readiness study that establishes
children’s kindergarten starting points predict their academic achievement in
fifth grade and beyond.
The “Readiness for Entering Kindergarten: The Impact on Future Academic
Achievement” study was headed by Lynn Fielding, co-author of the books, “The
90% Reading Goal and Annual Growth, Catch-Up Growth” and co-founder of The
Children’s Reading Foundation.
Study co-authors Fielding, Jay Maidment and Christian Anderson analyzed
data for 380,000 U.S. students using one of the largest kindergarten to fifth
grade student test datasets in existence from the Northwest Evaluation
Some of the pivotal study findings include:
• Children’s language and literacy skills on day one of kindergarten
range four to five years – some have skills of a typical 3-year-old, while
others have skills more typical of 7- to 8-year-olds.
• The majority (76 percent) of children who start kindergarten ahead are
still ahead in fifth grade. Most (71 percent) who start behind are still behind
in fifth grade.
• Most children (88 percent) who enter kindergarten reading in the highest
20 percent also score in the highest (64 percent) or the second highest (24
percent) 20 percent in math.
• The majority of children (85 percent) who read in the lowest 20
percent also score in the lowest (60 percent) or the second lowest (25 percent)
20 percent in math.
The full study is available online at readingfoundation.org/research.
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