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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. Browse the archives for back issues.

September 2009 Issue

  • Clean Energy Technology grant funding
    The Department of Energy is accepting Phase I grant applications from qualified small businesses for funds under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program. more...
  • Washington Technology Center grant funding
    The Washington Technology Center is accepting grant applications for the Research & Technology Development grant program. more...
  • Boeing seeks advanced battery technology
    To meet the increasing life-expectancy and electrical energy storage demands of the next generation of spacecraft, Boeing is exploring novel battery materials, electrochemistry, and cell design that would result in significant increases in energy and life cycle. more...
  • New small business stimulus program
    The Washington Technology Center has launched the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program, a new stimulus program that will award short-term, no-cost access to sophisticated fabrication equipment to help small companies in Washington develop innovative commercial technologies that will create jobs. more...
  • Resources online
    1) The column "TLC needed to promote tech products" was published in the Tri-City Herald on July 26. more...
  • PNNL named Energy Frontier Research Center
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., has been named as an Energy Frontier Research Center by the Department of Energy. more...
  • Energy Secretary visits PNNL
    Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in August and called on its scientific staff to deliver the innovative science and transformational technologies that can help solve the United States' energy challenge. more...
  • Climate research and smart grid funding
    The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. has received nearly $6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to advance climate research and to further its ability to analyze "smart" power grids. more...

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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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