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Park Place leased its last available retail space, making good on its plan to create a mixed-use urban community at 650 George Washington Way in Richland. (Photo by Jamie Council)

Park Place fulfills vision of creating mixed-use development

By Jamie Councilfor Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Leasing Park Place’s remaining retail storefront marks the completion of a longtime vision to create a vibrant mixed-use urban community between George…


It’s time to go big or go home on Washington’s housing crisis

Washington’s housing affordability crisis hurts every corner of the state. We’ve all heard stories. Nurses and grocery store employees can’t afford to live where they work. Young people are priced…


Busting the maze of phone prompts is good customer service

There is no substitute for person-to-person connections – people talking with, listening to and understanding one another. It is called “customer service,” and it is the best way to resolve…


529 college saving accounts now can be converted into Roth IRAs

Transferring wealth to children will become a touch easier in 2024. Buried in the estimated 4,000-page Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2023 that passed at the end of 2022 was the…


The Tri-Cities’ hospitality sector has recovered but can it now grow?

You don’t need to be a numbers geek to know that the pandemic wreaked havoc on the hospitality industry, here and elsewhere. Travel stopped, dining in became a dare and…


Wave of attractions collide to make the Tri-Cities an unmatched destination

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet Michael Landry, head of LIGO Hanford Observatory. He was part of the discovery team that detected gravitational waves that were…


Cultivate confidence to become a more effective leader

I have a drink coaster in my office that I look at every day that features a quote from author Anais Nin: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s…

AgWest Farm Credit CEO Mark Littlefield is leading the organization with more than 1,000 employees and $30 billion in assets. (Courtesy Karina Elias / Spokane Journal of Business)

Post merger, AgWest Farm Credit embraces change

By Karina EliasSpokane Journal of Business AgWest Farm Credit, the newly formed agricultural lending association, plans to focus its resources to enhancing its agricultural customer-owners’ access to technology. This will…


Secure Act 2.0: How new legislation could affect your retirement security

SECURE Act 2.0, an update to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, was recently passed by the Senate. This new bill contains a variety of…


Market report: How 2023 is likely to react to 2022

As talk of a potential economic recession gathers steam, keep in mind that much of the widely forecasted economic weakness in 2023 is already priced into markets. Instead of attempting…

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