Year in Review

Randy Hayden, from left, executive director of the Port of Pasco; Tim Arntzen, chief executive officer for the Port of Kennewick; and Scott Keller, executive director of the Port of Benton, answer questions posed by audience members during the Nov. 29 Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Tri-City ports celebrate milestones, focus on what’s ahead for 2018

The Tri-City’s top port officials talked about their agency’s recent accomplishments and goals for the new year at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Ports luncheon. Officials from the ports of Pasco, Benton and Kennewick participated in the Nov. 29 panel discussion moderated by Mike Gonzalez, evening news anchor and news director…

Ron Foraker, from left, former director of the Tri-Cities Airport; Port of Pasco Commissioner Jean Ryckman; Port of Pasco Commissioner Jim Klindworth; Mark Lindholm of Washington River Protection Solutions; and Kris Watkins, president and CEO Visit Tri-Cities, attend a June event to dedicate an interactive information kiosk at the Tri-Cities Airport. A nationwide search for a new CEO for Visit Tri-Cities kicks off this month to replace Watkins, the longtime leader of the tourism agency. (Courtesy Visit Tri-Cities)

Visit Tri-Cities to kick off nationwide search for new CEO

Retiring president hopes successor leads efforts on water taxi system, science tourism A nationwide search kicks off this month to replace the longtime leader of Visit Tri-Cities. Kris Watkins, president and chief executive officer of the agency that promotes the region as a destination for visitors, announced her retirement last month. “It’s very difficult to…

Top web stories

Journal of Business’ top web stories in 2017

Our annual list of the most-read stories on the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ website covered a range of topics — from restaurant sales, moves and closures and hotel openings to Trios Health’s financial crisis, float spas and supercars. A story we wrote last year about the opening of Panera Bread and a list of…

Lamb Weston, 2013 Saint St., Richland

TRIDEC approaches new year with long to-do list

Lobbying for federal funding, supporting entrepreneurs, adding new flights among its goals After celebrating two major projects boosting the region’s employment in 2017 — the extensive Lamb Weston potato processing plant expansion and the opening of the AutoZone distribution center— the Tri-Cities Development Council is looking ahead to 2018. On the economic development agency’s to-do…

Andrew Porter, executive director of the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, stands at the site of the new mission on Fourth Avenue in downtown Pasco. The $10 million project is expected to be completed in fall 2018 to help serve the Tri-Cities’ growing homeless population.

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission expects to open facility next year

Path to raise $10 million to build new mission is six years in the making Andrew Porter recently walked on the cement around the steel beams at what will become the new Tri-City Union Gospel Mission next year, and tried unsuccessfully to contain his excitement. “It’s becoming more real,” said the executive director of the Pasco-based…

One of the Tri-Cities’ biggest economic development wins was the nearly $200 million LambWeston/ConAgra Foods investment for a second French fry processing line at its food manufacturing plant in Richland.

TRIDEC points to successes as it looks ahead to 2017

The Tri-City Development Council has seen an uptick in companies interested in doing business in the Tri-Cities in 2016. “We’re responding to inquiries all the time,” said Carl Adrian, president and CEO of TRIDEC. “In fact we’ve received more inquiries in the last six months than we have in the 12 months prior. Whether that…

LU LU Craft Bar & Kitchen at 580 Columbia Point Drive, Richland.

New restaurants dominate Journal of Business’ top web stories in 2016

New restaurant stories dominated the list of the most-read stories on the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ website, tcjournal.biz, in 2016. News about Sterling’s Famous Steak & Salad Bar, Panera Bread, LU LU Craft Bar & Kitchen, Dupus Boomer’s and The Original Pancake House were among our most popular online stories. But it wasn’t all…

The kids’ playroom at the Tri-Cities Airport is taking shape. The airport is looking to wrap up a 2 1/2-year, $41.9 million airport expansion. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-City ports celebrate year’s accomplishments

By Sean Bassinger Expanded job growth, a multi-million dollar airport remodeling project and additional commercial retail developments are among the year’s top accomplishments cited by Tri-City port officals. Port officials say they hope to continue to draw more businesses and increase tourism as they move into 2017. Here’s a roundup of their economic development highlights…

Construction continues on the large $38.9 million AutoZone distribution center on Capitol Avenue north of the King City truck stop in Pasco. The center will add more than 200 jobs to the area.

Cities cite new development projects, prospects as wins for year

By Sean Bassinger Business continues to boom in the Tri-Cities even as 2016 winds down. City officials in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland have seen several signs of continued economic development throughout each city in what’s considered to be the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. There’s lots to brag about in 2016:…

Commercial construction

Tri-Cities commercial and industrial building back on track

You can’t drive very far around the Tri-Cities without seeing new buildings rising, backhoes leveling land or tell cranes moving steel beams into place. The new Fairchild 12-plex movie theater opened last week in Richland’s Queensgate shopping area. In Kennewick, Kadlec has started construction on a new primary care clinic and in Pasco, a new…

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