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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update

This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them. Visit the EDO Home page to subscribe to this Newsletter. Browse the archives for back issues.

July 2017 Issue

  • Richland Firm Awarded $2.3 Million for Membrane Reactor Work
    Molecule Works Inc., a Richland, WA-based technology company, received $2.3M in funding for a novel electrochemical membrane reactor for synthesizing ammonia from air and water at low temperature and low pressure. The funding is part of $20M in awards given to 10 U.S.-based research firms by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program. more...
  • Neoen to Build Largest Solar Project in State
    Neoen, a French independent renewable energy project developer, has begun site studies for the largest utility-scale photovoltaic power plant in Washington State. more...
  • Haggerty Named Senior Advisor for Beacon Group
    Alan Haggerty, a member of the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative and a director of the board of Tri-Cities Research District, has joined The Beacon Group as a Senior Advisor for the firm’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government practice. more...
  • InEnTec Receives SBIR Award for Plasma-Based Devices
    InEnTec Inc., a technology firm based in Richland, WA, has been selected to receive nearly $150K from the DOE Small Business Innovation Research Program. more...
  • Lignin Biojet Wins CleanTech Big Picture Prize
    Lignin Biojet, a research team from Washington State University – Tri-Cities, recently won the Wells Fargo “CleanTech” Big Picture prize at the University of Washington’s Business Plan Competition. more...
  • Richland Native Selected as NASA Astronaut Candidate
    A woman from Richland, WA was selected by NASA from among 18,300 applicants to be part of the 2017 class of astronaut candidates. more...
  • Benton-Franklin Trends
    The fourth quarterly issue of Benton-Franklin Trends is now available. This issue features a welcome message from Amy Person and Rebecca Sutherland of the Benton-Franklin Health District, as well as Q&A with Carol Moser, Executive Director of the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health. more...
  • Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program
    The Tri-Cities, WA Regional Chamber of Commerce is offering the Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program—the first of its kind in the state. more...
  • Ocean Exchange Solutions Awards
    Ocean Exchange—a company with the sole mission to help advance adoption of solutions in the field of sustainability—is seeking applicants for the 2017 WWL Orcelle® Award and the 2017 Neptune Award. more...
  • DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Tutorials
    Tutorials to help small business prepare for this summer’s Phase 1 Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement are available on the Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 1 Proposal Preparation website. more...
  • Fuse Offers Variety of Events
    Fuse SPC is the Tri-Cities’ first social purpose corporation that provides a shared work environment, community, and resources for the entrepreneurial, startup, artistic, and tech communities. more...
  • Classes Offered at Confluent
    Confluent, a makerspace targeted to the arts and tech communities in Tri-Cities, WA, offers a variety of classes for members and non-members. more...
  • Upcoming Government Contracting Workshops
    Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is a statewide organization dedicated to guiding companies through the entire process of applying for and fulfilling government contracts. more...
  • PTAC Webinars and On-Demand Training
    Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center offers no-cost resources for new and established businesses to prepare for interacting with the growing government procurement market. more...

We invite your contributions! We will consider items that fit the mission of this publication, including your tech-related news, awards, and notices of upcoming events. Please send text to or call (509) 371-6017.

Tri-Cities Tech Business Update is published by the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each month, we send you an e-mail message, giving you the link of news, tips, awards, upcoming events, and other information about local technology-based businesses and organizations that support them. With business and community partners, our goal is to build and diversify the Tri-Cities economy—adding skilled jobs in primary-sector industries that bring in outside dollars. Currently, more than 1,100 tech-related businesses, investors, and economic development stakeholders subscribe to the newsletter, mostly in the Mid-Columbia area and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. This newsletter (RL-P00-009) supports PNSO's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters.

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