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Hundreds of apartments are planned for this large expanse in the Badger Mountain South area of Richland, a project valued at $43.7 million. The complex will include 276 units for low-income tenants at 2555 Bella Coola Lane, south of the Country Mercantile.

Low-income apartments moving ahead at Badger Mountain South

Building permits and financing are in place for the first apartments at Badger Mountain South in Richland. The complex will include 276 units for low-income tenants at 2555 Bella Coola Lane, south of the Country Mercantile on Ava Way, near Trowbridge Boulevard. The city of Richland has issued grading and building permits to Nor Am…

Thrift store and resale industries haven’t seen the same aggressive decluttering efforts resulting in the Tri-Cities widespread hand-me-down donations elsewhere in the nation. (Courtesy Goodwill)

Tidying up craze sweeping the nation leaves Tri-Cities in the dust

The life-changing magic of clearing personal clutter hasn’t hit the Tri-Cities in quite the same way its effect has been felt nationally. Cities across the nation are citing overwhelming donations at thrift store and reseller sites, thanks to people inspired by the popular Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” The reality series, inspired by…

A new ice plant at the Three Rivers campus in Kennewick will replace a 30-year-old system, helping improve the quality of ice. Hockey players say poor ice can make it difficult to skate or move the puck. (Courtesy Toyota Center)

Construction begins on Kennewick’s new $3.4M ice plant

Mother Nature recently shared her wintry mix with the Tri-Cities, but the Three Rivers campus wants to be able to create its own ice year-round. Construction of a new $3.4 million ice plant is underway at the Kennewick campus, which is home to the Toyota Center, Toyota Arena and Three Rivers Convention Center. The Toyota…

Construction is underway on eight units in the new Envision Northwest LLC development off Chapel Hill Boulevard in Pasco. (Courtesy Julie Lynch)

82-unit townhome project in Pasco targets first-time buyers

By Arielle Dreher Road 68’s development boom will continue this year with an 82-townhome development project at the end of Chapel Hill Boulevard, nestled against Interstate 182 off one of Pasco’s busiest roads. Envision Northwest LLC, a Kirkland-based developer, has begun construction on 41 duplex buildings on both sides of a single road, which ends…

A Kennewick car dealership is under new ownership after it was purchased by the family who owns Speck dealerships across the Tri-Cities and the lower Yakima Valley.

Speck Motors buys second Tri-City dealership

Desert Buick GMC has been renamed to include Speck brand The owners of C. Speck Motors Inc. have bought another established car dealership in the region, bringing their total number of dealerships to five. The sale of Desert Buick GMC at 2910 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick resulted in an immediate rebranding to Speck Buick…

A large indoor family fun center called Launch Trampoline Park is planned in Kennewick that will include more than jumping, including laser tag, a ninja course and a bowling alley. (Courtesy Will McKay)

Second trampoline park planned for Kennewick

Three local investors team up for $2M indoor family fun center A trio of entrepreneurs is investing $2 million in a large indoor family fun center planned near Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. Developers hope to make an announcement soon about the location for Washington state’s first Launch Trampoline Park and hope to open it…

Katie Banks, professor of political science at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and Zachary Harper, president of the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities, raise the pride flag at the Richland campus in October. The branch campus’ Office of Student Affairs partnered with the Associated Students group for the pride flag-raising ceremony to kick off a series of events in recognition of “Outober,” an event which aims to raise awareness of issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and other underrepresented communities. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Tri-City leaders offer tips to foster workplace LGBTQIA+ inclusivity

PFLAG’s Benton-Franklin chapter offers several training sessions every month for employers Janie Romine remembers the time she was counseled by administrators against openly talking about her gay son with her colleagues. It taught her a valuable lesson: the workplace is not inclusive and supportive by default. “That was a glaring example of discrimination of just…

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.

Tri-City area women not (yet) holding up half of the business sky

By D. Patrick Jones “Women hold up half the sky,” Chairman Mao Zedong famously uttered, when discussing the role of women in the Chinese revolution. Since then, the phrase has become a rallying point for many women. Do they hold up half of the economic sky in the greater Tri-Cities? Some data are available to…

Understanding generational differences improves company culture

 By Danielle Kane We’ve all heard the stereotypes: millennials are entitled. Gen Xers are slackers. Baby Boomers can’t adapt. And Gen Z? So far, the youngest generation to enter the work force has been pigeon-holded as “too obsessed with themselves to produce quality work.” But, when we dig deeper, we find that the labels that…

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Washington among best states for female entrepreneurs

The Evergreen State is among the top 10 best states for female entrepreneurs. That’s according to FitSmallBusiness.com, a digital business publication. Washington ranked No. 4 on the list after Texas (No. 1), Ohio (No. 2) and Minnesota (No. 3). FitSmallBusiness.com said the state is well positioned to be the next Silicon Valley, thanks to big…

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