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Washington State

State pitches new pay rules

Proposal would up minimum salary for exempt eligibility Hundreds of thousands of workers could earn overtime pay under a new proposal from the state Department of Labor and Industries. The proposed changes would significantly increase the minimum amount employees must earn before they can be exempt from receiving overtime pay and could impact more than…

Port of Benton executive director retires

Commissioners created process to find successor, search firm will be hired The Port of Benton’s longtime executive director has retired, effective June 1. Scott D. Keller started working at the port 30 years ago as the airport director and assistant executive director before being promoted to executive director 17 years ago. “I’ve done everything I…

Q&A with Dave Retter

Number of employees you oversee? 85 Brief background about your company: I started in 1979 in the business and opened our company in October 1992.  In 2016, after 26 years with another franchise, we changed our franchise affiliation to Sotheby’s International Realty. We are a full service residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing,…

Students who helped to build this year’s Team Pasco House stand outside it at 4118 Vermilion Lane during the May 29 dedication ceremony. (Courtesy Pasco School District)

Students build home that sells in 9 days

Century 21 Tri-Cities program donates listing to student scholarships A three-bedroom, 2,090-square-foot home built by Pasco high school students was under contract nine days after it went on the market. The home was listed for $333,500. Students, teachers and other partners celebrated the completion of the Team Pasco House at 4118 Vermilion Lane, south of…

(Courtesy Kennewick Parks and Recreation)

Kennewick playground, golf course clubhouse reopen

Two popular spots in Kennewick’s Columbia Park reopen June 15 – just in time for summer. A dedication ceremony is at 11 a.m. for the Toyota of Tri-Cities Playground of Dreams and at noon for the Columbia River Landing building at the newly renamed Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex. The celebration includes live music, prizes, demonstrations…

Kathy Miller, from left, managing director; Patty Bailey, director of project operations; and Bill Bailey, director of engineering and technical programs, are part owners of Polestar Technical Services. (Courtesy CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.)

Polestar selected for mentor-protégé program

U.S. Department of Energy contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. has partnered with Richland-based Polestar Technical Services to further clean up the Central Plateau and along the Columbia River. DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization recently approved a mentor-protégé agreement between CHPRC and Polestar, a small woman-owned business. To help provide a level…

Representatives from Washington State University's Viticulture and Enology program visit with attendees at the 2015 inaugural FABREO Expo.

FABREO expo on a hiatus for a revamp

After a four-year run, the Tri-City Development Council won’t be putting on its annual FABREO conference this year. The Food and Beverage Retention & Expansion Opportunities program, which began in 2015, was held annually to bring food and beverage processors together with industry brokers, distributors, retailers, exporters and service providers from throughout the Northwest. “We…

Aiden DeVere, from left, August Sarrazin and Jaren Matkowski beat 11 others from area high schools and achieved the highest performance index at the 2019 Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge in Kennewick. (Courtesy Junior Achievement of Washington)

Kamiakin High team tops business competition

The winner of the 2019 Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge, a business simulation contest, was a team from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.  The three-student team beat 11 others from area high schools and achieved the highest performance index at the May 14 event at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Aiden DeVere, August…

Benton-Franklin retail sales reach $5.8 billion in 2018

Benton and Franklin counties recorded $5.8 billion in taxable retail sales in 2018, a 7 percent gain over the previous year. Franklin County recorded $1.65 billion in 2018, a 7.9 percent increase over the previous year, and Benton County $4.16 billion, a 6.7 percent increase. Continued gains in construction and auto sales sent statewide taxable…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — June 2019

Partnership helps Hanford contractor close data center The U.S. Department of Energy has retired an old data center and installed a new, more efficient system that reduces information technology costs by up to a million dollars over the next 10 years, thanks to a partnership with the Benton and Franklin County public utility districts and…

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