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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.

October 2013 Issue

  • Jet Biofuels Center Announced
    Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities will co-lead a new aviation jet fuel research center with $40 million in funding over 10 years from the Federal Aviation Administration. more...
  • Electric Vehicles Rolled Out
    Nearly 80 people learned about electric vehicles at an event in August sponsored by the new Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Association and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Community Science & Technology Seminar Series. more...
  • Construction Begins on Wine Science Center
    A groundbreaking on September 26 marked the start of a new $23 million Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities. more...
  • Trees Will Fuel Northwest Bioenergy Industry
    Washington State University is one of nine partners in a new national program that will use Pacific Northwest hybrid poplar trees to develop a sustainable biofuel system. more...
  • $1.5M in Grants Available
    The Life Sciences Discovery Fund announced nearly $1.5 million in proof-of-concept grants to Washington for-profit and non-profit organizations to foster translation of health-related technologies from idea to market launch. more...
  • Manufacturing Businesses Sought
    Manufacturers:  Here's an opportunity to tell your company's story on National Manufacturing Day, October 4. more...
  • First Look Forum
    Applications are now open for Northwest Entrepreneur Network's (NWEN) Fall 2013 First Look Forum, which is November 19 in Seattle. more...
  • Small Business RFP Extended
    The response date for the request for proposal (RFP) for the U.S. General Service Administration's One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business has been extended to October 10. more...
  • Doing Business with the GSA
    October 15. Learn how to do business with the U.S. General Services Administration.  Attend a free workshop, "GSA 101 - Understanding the Multiple Award Schedules Program" on October 15 from 10 am - 12 noon at the Bechtel Board Room, Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center, 7130 Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. more...
  • Future Workforce Needs in Clean Energy
    October 17. The Tri-Cities Research District, Port of Benton, and Columbia Basin College are sponsoring an event to educate the public, legislators, and higher education institutions about regional energy efforts and new technologies to assist utilities in meeting the climate initiative milestones in 2015 and 2019. more...
  • Entrepreneur Tells His Story
    November 19. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship week, the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TCHCC) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are teaming to host entrepreneur Richard Tait at a TCHCC luncheon. more...
  • Energy Technologies of the Future
    November 19. "Big Bang Energy Disruption" is the topic of a seminar in Seattle that answers the question, "What technologies are being developed in our region that will affect the future of business and the urban environment?" The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest presents a panel of energy experts, with a buffet and networking, at the Washington Convention Center. 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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