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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.

January 2014 Issue

  • Startups Move Ahead
    Businesses that were launched at the first-ever Tri-Cities Startup Weekend in September are moving ahead. more...
  • Books by Local Authors
    Two recent books by Tri-Cities authors provide insights about technology marketing and economic development, respectively. more...
  • Port of Pasco Appointments
    Gary Ballew joined the Port of Pasco as the director of economic development and marketing on December 16. more...
  • Tri-City Chamber Appointment
    The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired Austin Neilson as its government and economic affairs coordinator. more...
  • Washington State Named Most Innovative
    In December, Bloomberg News named Washington state as the nation's "Most Innovative." The ranking was based on percent of professionals in science and engineering, percent of companies in tech industries, patents granted, research and development intensity, and productivity. more...
  • Developing Your Capability Statement
    January 14. Take a free class on developing your company's capability statement, used for government contracting. more...
  • Women in Business
    January 22. The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is a day of professional and personal development, education, and networking for women committed to success. more...
  • Tri-Cities 2014 Regional Economic Outlook
    January 29. The Tri-Cities Development Council will hold the 15th Annual Tri-Cities Economic Outlook event at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel on January 29, 2014, 11:30 am - 4 pm. more...
  • Motivate Your Staff
    January 30. The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend "Three Secrets to Engage, Inspire and Motivate Your Staff," presented by Bank Reale. more...
  • Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
    February 4-6. The 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference is set for February in Helena, Montana. Speakers will discuss what's involved in creating successful clean-energy projects including biofuels, biodigesters, and efficiency and alternative energy projects. more...
  • Payback on Highly Insulating Windows
    A PNNL study showed that highly insulating triple-pane windows slash energy use in homes by 12.2 percent, but it takes anywhere from 23 to 55 years for the windows to pay off financially based on utility-bill savings. more...
  • Algae to Oil in Minutes
    PNNL engineers have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after pouring in harvested algae. 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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