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Manufacturing comeback still strong in Washington and nation

By Kris Johnson America’s manufacturing comeback isn’t over. That’s one of the findings from the 2015 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor Report, an annual survey of manufacturing firms conducted by RSM, formerly known as McGladrey. After suffering through years of decline, the resurgence that began in 2010 — leading the country out of recession — is…

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Test bed advances Washington State as a hotbed of energy innovation

by PNNL staff The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create “smart” buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter — managing energy resources optimally on…

Washington ranks so-so in new ranking of education, transportation and economic vitality

By Kris Johnson Almost a year ago, a coalition of employer groups launched an initiative called Opportunity Washington to help bring prosperity to all corners of the state. We recognized that while some parts of the state, most notably the Puget Sound region, were enjoying strong economic growth, the recovery was not as strong in…

What’s your favorite locally-owned retail store?

By Loretto J. Hulse A mercantile offering produce, gifts and edibles, two gift/home décor stores and a sporting goods store were the top shopping picks for three Tri-Cities’ women. For Jammie Horn of Kennewick, who has a hockey-crazy 4-year-old, the Hockey Source in Kennewick is a favorite shopping stop. “The staff there are really helpful,”…

Washington should apply Navy’s nuclear technology to civilian use

By Don C. Brunell Today, many elected officials are fixated on tearing down coal-fired power plants and replacing them with solar and wind farms. But that isn’t practical, because when there is no wind or sunlight those plants produce no electricity. There is an alternative. Nuclear power plants supply 10 percent of world’s electricity. But…

Sixth Street Art and Gift Gallery in Prosser is open for business.

Sixth Street gallery flooded with artists

By Elena Olmstead for TCAJOB [blockquote quote=”We had to vacate the building. We lost a good 80 percent of everything.” source=”Carol Ashby, Sixth Street Art and Gift Gallery Owner” align=”right” max_width=”300px”]Prosser’s Carol Ashby has owned Sixth Street Art and Gift Gallery for more than 10 years. Over the past decade she’s become known to many…

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