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This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them. Browse the archives for back issues.

June 2008 Issue

This section describes news, appointees, and events related to the Tri-Cities Research District. The Research District is a vibrant, 1,600-acre mixed-use area in north Richland, Wash. with more than 80 employers and an emphasis on science and technology companies and organizations. Contact at (509) 375-3060. Other Research District tenant news appears in this newsletter as indicated by the symbol *.

  • Stakeholders weigh in on master plan
    Property owners, Battelle executives, and other stakeholders provided feedback on four potential master plan concepts that TVA Architects, Portland, Ore., created for 317 acres within the Research District. more...
  • Development update
    In preparation for development, the Port of Benton began preparing the grounds of the Richland Innovation Center (formerly the Richland Industrial Center), south of First Street. more...
  • Free market research
    Entrepreneurs can get free market research through the Economic Gardening program offered through Western Washington University's Research Center. more...
  • Online now
    The Spring 2008 issue of the Tri-City Alumni Update is online now. It includes information on local business opportunities, summer recreational events, Tri-Cities professional sports, and profiles of hockey greats Olie Kolzig aned Stu Barnes. more...
  • Nominate websites for free redesign
    Does your website need an extreme makeover? Imageworks may be able to help. In a competition called "Refresh '08," Imageworks, Pasco, Wash., will donate a free redesign to a Mid-Columbia area website that is nominated as the most in need of help. more...
  • Business buildings available
    Two new business buildings at the Horn Rapids Business Center in North Richland, Wash. will be ready for lease on June 1. more...
  • *New blog invites ideas on R&D in Washington
    Universities and industries in Washington State spend $2 billion of federal funding in research an more...
  • Tech facilities to operate jointly
    Companies can get increased access to micro and nano technology resources and expertise in Washington State. more...
  • Starry night
    MAY 30. "Nighttime Astronomy:  What We See When Looking Up" is the topic of a galactic-size "eyes-on" tour of the night sky. more...
  • Business expo
    JUNE 3. The Tri-City Regional Chamber is hosting the "Open for Business Expo," a business-to-business networking event. more...
  • Making the most of SBIR funding
    JUNE 4, REGISTER BY JUNE 2. "Innovation to Commercialization: Using Government Funding to Kick Start Your Start-Up" is the topic of a free satellite broadcast on June 4. more...
  • Make a million
    JUNE 11. Women micro-entrepreneurs can learn how to build sustainable businesses at a Seattle seminar, "Make Mine a Million $ Business." Attendees will receive tools and inspiration to grow their businesses to $1 million in revenues. more...
  • Safety plans
    JUNE 17, REGISTER BY JUNE 13. "What is in a Safety Plan and Program?" is the topic of a special seminar presented by the Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network. more...
  • Legal agreements
    JUNE 19. Learn how a few strategic documents can protect your business - in contractual engagements, funding requests, and as you add staff. more...
  • Summer seminars for small businesses
    The Columbia Basin College Institute for Professional Development offers the following workshops this summer from 6 to 9 pm. 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) 372-6013.

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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