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Columbia River Walk Apartments, 2120 W. A St., Pasco. (Courtesy FTI Management)

City of Pasco: Affordability still key to record growth

Construction is booming in Pasco. It’s because the city is an incredible value for builders, said Rick White, Pasco’s director...
Belmont Business District, Belmont Boulevard. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of West Richland: City may hold key to Tri-City home shortage

As a city that doesn’t rely on sales tax revenue to fuel much of its budget, West Richland had an...
Diahann Howard, executive director of the Port of Benton, center, reviews sewer plans for an expansion of the north Horn Rapids industrial area with Miles Thomas, director of economic development, left, and Roger Wright of RGW Enterprises, right.
(Courtesy Ross James Photography/Port of Benton)

Port of Benton: Critical foundation in place for 2021 projects

The first months of 2020 welcomed new members to the Port of Benton “We were in the middle of a...
Kennewick’s Clover Island. (Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography/Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: They’ve built it, now they’re ready for them to come

Kennewick’s Clover Island.  |  Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography/Port of The dust seems to have settled at Port of Kennewick developments...
Rendering of a proposed hotel and marketplace at the site. (Courtesy JMS Development)

Port of Pasco: Industrial land in high demand

The Port of Pasco’s Processing Center is at capacity, and it has sold all the lots at the Foster Wells...
Richland School District Teaching, Learning  & Administration Center, 6972 Keene Road, West Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

K-12 Education: Pandemic doesn’t slow new school projects

It’s been an unprecedented year for Tri-City public school districts in the wake of the pandemic. Though students left classrooms...
WSU Tri-Cities academic building, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Higher Education: CBC, WSU-Tri-Cities building for a future when students return to campus

The Tri-Cities’ higher education campuses don’t have many students on campus this fall. The coronavirus pandemic sent the majority to...
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Uncertainty abounds: What does 2020 hold for agriculture?

While Lamb Weston and Mid-Columbia potato growers were dealing with an unexpected surplus of spuds this spring, Mid-Columbia asparagus farmers...
Gilles Nicault, the acclaimed French winemaker behind every bottle produced by famed Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla, holds a sample of grapes collected from Candy Mountain Vineyard near Richland. (Photo courtesy Richard Duval Images)

Global gut: Wine grape glut may cut into industry’s profits

While the quality of grapes and winemaking in Washington state remain world-class, the global glut of wine continues to cut...
Washington posted a modest increase in agricultural exports in 2019 even with trade wars and other challenges. The Covid-19 crisis poses a new set of challenges in 2020 to a sector that is second only to airplanes for export activity. (Photo courtesy state Department of Agriculture)

To market: Exporters turn to new trade agreements, Zoom

Washington’s agricultural exporters faced brutal headwinds in 2019 and they are facing them again in 2020. Trade wars, retaliatory tariffs...

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