April 2017

Study: Franklin, Benton county among best places in state to own home

Study: Franklin, Benton county among best places in state to own home

Benton and Franklin counties ranked among the best places to own a home in Washington, according to a recent study. SmartAsset’s third annual study compared average rent and home prices in counties across the U.S. to find the places where buying makes the most sense. The financial technology firm compared the total costs of buying…

Kennewick School District Elementary #17

Richland contractor selected to build Kennewick dual language elementary school

A Richland contractor has been selected to build Kennewick School District’s new dual language elementary school. The district’s Board of Directors approved Fowler General Construction Inc.’s as the lowest bidder to build Elementary #17 at the former site of Desert Hills Middle School at 6011 W. 10th Place. Fowler provided a base bid of $16.58 million…

Finance workshop

Small businesses invited to attend financing workshop in Kennewick

Learn about access to capital in today’s economy, business assistance programs and challenges in growing a business during a May workshop in Kennewick. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and state Department of Commerce invite local small business representatives to a financing workshop called, “Access to Capital: Barriers, Opportunities & Assistance.” The May 3 event…

Free Shred Day event is April 21 in Richland

Free Shred Day event is April 21 in Richland

A free Shred Day event is from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 21 at 3045 Duportail St. in the Numerica Credit Union parking lot in Richland. Each person can bring up to three bags or boxes of personal documents per person, but no cardboard or three-ring binders. The Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has teamed up with NBC Right Now Tri-Cities and Numerica Credit Union – Tri-Cities for the event. Here’s a reminder of what’s…


Networking — April 2017

Local law firm adds shareholders  Smart, Connell, Childers and Verhulp has changed its name to Smart Law Offices, paying homage to founding partner Darrell K. Smart. Marcus Henry, a Pasco native, has been promoted to shareholder. He works exclusively in workers’ compensation at the firm’s Kennewick office. Mariah Wagar, a Kennewick native, has joined the firm…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — April 2017

Chervenell awarded bid for Kennewick elementary  Chervenell Construction Co. of Kennewick was awarded the general construction contract for Kennewick School District’s elementary #16, located in the Clearwater Creek development in Richland. Chervenell, currently building the new Westgate Elementary on Fourth Avenue in Kennewick, provided a low bid of $20 million. Elementary #16 will open to students…

Tri-City officials continue their efforts to convince an airline to provide a Pasco-to-Los Angeles flight. A coalition representing cities, counties, ports and businesses ponied up to offset the start-up costs for an airline last year. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport)

New Pasco-to-LAX flight remains in holding pattern

The proposed and much anticipated Pasco-to-Los Angeles flight first announced in 2015 hasn’t taken off yet. But local officials haven’t given up hope. “At this point we’re in a holding pattern,” said Carl Adrian, president and CEO of TRIDEC, with no pun intended. Adrian said the Tri-Cities is ready, but it’s just a matter of…

Trios Southridge Hospital

Trios Health cuts staff, considers bankruptcy, mergers in wake of ‘financial crisis’

25 employees lost their jobs April 1 and more cuts are expected About 25 Trios Health employees have lost their jobs as Kennewick’s public hospital district grapples to fix a financial crisis. The series of layoffs that took effect April 1 are expected to save more than $2 million. But facing net losses of more…

Three prominent Tri-Citians hope to persuade the federal government to turn over Army Corps of Engineers’ riverfront land to local governments by the end of this year.

Group pushes for return of Columbia River shoreline to local control

Three prominent Tri-Citians hope to persuade the federal government to turn over Army Corps of Engineers’ riverfront land to local governments by the end of this year. This has been a dream for some Tri-Citians for at least 30 years, if not longer. Their immediate hurdle is no one is really sure which Columbia River…

Bruce Lufkin, Pasco distribution center manager, left, and John Davis, maintenance manager for the center, were among a group of AutoZone employees — known as AutoZoners — wearing red shirts at TRIDEC’s annual meeting on March 15. Davis received the Extra Miler Award for his work getting the Pasco distribution center under way. 

Pasco’s AutoZone distribution center to welcome first inbound truck

Company bypasses 3 other cities to invest $50 million into new warehouse AutoZone’s new Pasco distribution center will welcome its first inbound truck on April 15 and begin sending trucks out to customers and stores in late June. The company invested $50 million into the new distribution center that will serve 235 stores in seven…

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