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17th Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook Jan. 20

Robert M. Almeida Jr. of MFS Investment Management will be the keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook. The event, organized by the Tri-Cities Development Council, will be from 7:30 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at TRAC in Pasco. Almeida is an investment officer and institutional portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management.…

Conference call: What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2016?

When asked about their New Year’s resolutions are for 2016 two Tri-Citians chose a couple of the most common, losing weight and living a healthier life. Another wants to reconnect with family and friends. “I want to spend more time with family and friends. We get wound up in work and life and forget to…

Booth at the Fall Senior Times Expo

Senior Times Expo attracted more than 500 visitors

October’s Senior Times Expo attracted more than 500 seniors and baby boomers, along with a few grandchildren, to the ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. The event, which was free for attendees, gathers vendors who offer services and products for the older generation in a single venue, making it a convenient one-stop information…

October job fair in full swing

Employers boost staff numbers to gear up for strong holiday shopping season

The National Retail Federation has high hopes for this holiday shopping season. Spending is projected to reach $630 billion, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales. [blockquote quote=”We strongly recommend people to attend job fairs, because then they get that one-on-one face time with the employers, which can leave an impression,”…

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Revenue leads tax relief effort for sports leagues, recreational activities

To collect or not to collect retail sales tax has been an ongoing question for many sports leagues and recreational organizations. Now there is greater certainty about the taxability of certain fees thanks to recently-approved legislation requested by the Washington State Department of Revenue. [blockquote quote=”The legislation also permanently eliminates sales tax on cover charges…

Holli Calder-Cox, Director of Project Warm Up stands in front of yarn supplies

Volunteers spread warmth throughout the Tri-Cities for three decades

By Elena Olmstead It’s hard to imagine the impact Project Warm Up has had on the communities throughout Benton and Franklin counties over the past three decades — the number of babies wrapped in warm blankets because of this group of volunteers; the homeless touched by the gift of toiletries and warm gloves; and the…

The Building Operations Control Center at PNNL

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…

John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and CEO of Paul Mitchell autographs a workbook.

Lucas Marc Academy transitions to Paul Mitchell School

The former Lucas Marc Academy, a beauty academy, will now bear one of the most recognized names in the salon industry. It is now a Paul Mitchell Schools, part of a network of 100 beauty schools bearing the Paul Mitchell name throughout the U.S. [blockquote quote=”“Like every school in our network, the owners and staff…

Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties at the new Waterfall Classroom in the Demonstration Garden in Kennewick.

Master Gardeners’ dedicate new open air Waterfall Classroom

Cake, applause and good wishes were shared during the grand opening of the Washington State University Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties outdoor Waterfall Classroom in October. The classroom is in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, next to the Mid-Columbia Library, at 1620 Union St. in Kennewick. The oval classroom has a cement floor and tiered…

Networking — November 2015

HomeStreet Bank honored HomeStreet Bank has received the 2015 American Bankers Association Community Commitment Award for its Hometown Home Loan Program. The award, sponsored by the ABA Community Engagement Foundation, was given to HomeStreet for its endeavors in the Affordable Housing category. HomeStreet’s Hometown Home Loan Program provides the employees of more than 175 public-…

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