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Clean energy policies hamper industrial development

When it comes to heavy industry and manufacturing, low-cost electricity and the power sector are foundational to producing competitively priced goods and products. The Tri-City area is increasingly on the…


Professionals, not politicians, need to drive energy planning

The decarbonization of the electric grid seems to be the topic of news stories across the country. The call for replacement of the fossil-fuel infrastructure, that was built over centuries,…


Reliable electricity depends on our ability to work together

When I’m home, like everyone else, I flip on the light switch and expect my lights to come on without giving a thought about if there’s enough electricity available. That’s…

The Army 5th Anti-Aircraft Group, based at Camp Hanford, protected the nation’s critical plutonium production facilities in the 1950s. In this undated photo, the late Warren Slagle’s crew drills on Gun #2. (Courtesy Hanford History Project)

Camp Hanford built memories while protecting plutonium production

Seventy years ago, the soldiers of Camp Hanford built a giant Santa Claus and placed him, his sleigh and his reindeer on the main building of the post. It was…


Optimism bubbles up for strong holiday shopping season

Despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing online but making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported this year an estimated 166.3 million people…


Washington employers shine in annual awards ceremony

Washington is fortunate to be a state filled with strong, resilient and innovative employers. We were reminded of that last month during the annual Association of Washington Business awards ceremony…


Let’s look at Tri-City economy through the lens of Charles Dickens

One of my fondest childhood memories of this time of year was listening to the deep baritone of English actor Basil Rathbone as he narrated Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”…


Tri-Cities’ tourism future sparkles with optimism, new leadership

2022 is the year that the Tri-Cities bounced back brighter, bigger and bolder for tourism-related businesses and renewed visitor spending in the Tri-Cities. Visit Tri-Cities kicked off the year by…


How sharp is your business vision for next year?

I had a toy as a child that seemed super-cool at the time. It was a remote-controlled car that had the capacity to make three-point turns when it bumped into…


Many health care insurance rates to increase in new year

By Karina EliasSpokane Journal of Business Small employers in Washington state face double-digit increases in health-care insurance rates for 2023, in some cases. In most instances, those small employers, which…

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