March 2017

Pasco ranked among nation’s top housing markets

Pasco was ranked as the best small city in America for its rising housing market. The list, put together by SmartAsset, a financial technology company, called Pasco an “agricultural powerhouse” and noted the region’s vibrant wine industry for why people have been attracted to the area’s economic activity. From 2011 to 2015, the population of…

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Veterans Service Fair scheduled for April 1 in Pasco

More than 30 participating organizations, including federal and state agencies, veteran support organizations, employers and employment resources, medical and counseling services, plan to attend a Veterans Service Fair in Pasco. The fair aims to provide options for employment and education, as well as access to several organizations that can assist veterans receive the benefits they…

(Courtesy Rich Breshears of Breshears Photography)

Businesses honored at regional chamber awards luncheon

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its Business on a Roll Award winners during its annual meeting and awards luncheon in Kennewick on March 22. Winners were PorterKinney of Richland (10 or fewer employees), Smooth Moves of Kennewick (11 to 50 employees) and Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services of Kennewick (more than 50 employees).…

Hanford clean up

Online meeting on Hanford cleanup progress is April 12

The Tri-Party Agreement agencies are offering an online conversation from 7 to 9 p.m. April 12  to discuss cleanup progress and challenges. Registration for Hanford Live 2017 is now open; click here to register. The Tri-Party Agreement agencies are the U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office; U.S. DOE Office of River Protection; the U.S.…


JCPenney releases list of store closures

Kennewick store isn’t on the list The JCPenney store in Kennewick isn’t among the 138 nationwide to be closed. The only JCPenney store in the state facing closure is at Pilchuck Landing in Snohomish, north of Seattle, according the company. The store closures, in addition to the shuttering of a distribution facility in Florida and…


Emerging Tri-Cities offering volunteer symposium in Kennewick

Nonprofits collectively seek 2,000 volunteers Learn about volunteer opportunities in the Tri-Cities at a March 24 event in Kennewick. Emerging Tri-Cities, formerly the Young Professionals of Tri Cities, a professional development group, is organizing the event, which is from noon to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitors Center, 7130 W. Grandridge…

Cantwell staffer named to TRIDEC position

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Central Washington director will become TRIDEC’s third vice president of federal programs. David Reeploeg replaces Gary Petersen who retired earlier earlier this month from the Tri-City Development Council. The announcement was made at TRIDEC’s 54th annual meeting March 15 at the Red Lion Inn in Pasco. The vice president for federal…

The $8.5 million Lodge at Columbia Point is under construction at 530 Columbia Point Drive in Richland and is expected to open in May. 

Richland’s new waterfront hotel aims to provide unique hospitality experience

Walla Walla has the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Spokane has the Davenport. Portland boasts the Benson. Seattle has the Fairmont. The owner of The Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland hopes to add his boutique hotel to the list for the Tri-Cities. “The Tri-Cities has needed an identity boutique hotel,” said owner Tom Drumheller. The $8.5…

Members of this year’s Leadership Tri-Cities class are building a third stall for TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities) for their community service project. Applications are being accepted for the next leadership group. An informational session about the program is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 30 at the Events Center at Sunset in Richland. (Courtesy Leadership Tri-Cities)

Leadership Tri-Cities plans next class to groom future leaders

There’s a joke among Leadership Tri-Cities alumni that theirs was “the best class ever.” And when the organization’s board members talk about incoming classes, they refer to them as “the next best class ever.” The leadership group is now accepting applications for its “next best class” and planning an open house for those interested in…

Washington state counties

Bills would divert retail sales tax toward statewide tourism program

Washington is the only state without a statewide tourism marketing program. But that would change under two bills making their way throughout the Washington Legislature. So far the bills by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, and Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, have easily sailed through their committee stages for eventual floor votes. The bills would create the…

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