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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.

September 2014 Issue

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Comment on U.S. Innovation Strategy

Where should the government invest to improve U.S. economic competiveness? The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council are seeking public comments to an upcoming update of the “Strategy for American Innovation.”  This guides the Obama administration’s efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through policies and investments related to research and development, the technical workforce, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, and more. Email your input, 5,000 words or less, by September 23 to innovationstrategy@ostp.gov. Put “Strategy for American Innovation” in the subject line. More information: Dan Correa, (202) 456-4444.

Business Certificate Program

The University of Washington will offer a six-week Business Certificate Program at Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA. The program is designed for people who want to become more effective in their job, develop their leadership and strategic thinking skills, and improve their problem-solving abilities. The dates are October 16, 23, and 30 and November 6, 14, and 20, from 1 – 4 pm for each class.  Read more and register …   

Tech Dates and Deadlines

Get to Know West Richland and Red Mountain

September 17. Real estate brokers and site selectors are invited to attend a “Familiarization Event” featuring West Richland and Red Mountain on September 17. The event is 3 – 5 pm and includes a wine reception at Black Heron Spirits, 8011 Keene Rd., West Richland, WA.  The event is hosted by the Tri-Cities Research District, City of West Richland, and TRIDEC.  Reservations are required; contact Diahann Howard at dhoward@portofbenton.com or (509) 375-3060.

Government Contracting

September 30. A free seminar, “Government Contracting 101” is September 30, from 9 – 10:30 am. It’s at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center, Bechtel Board Room, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd,, Kennewick, WA. Hosted by Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center. To register, go to http://washingtonptac.org/events-workshops/, go to the September calendar in the orange box on the right, and click on September 30.

Becoming a Sustainable Community

October 23. “Tri-Cities 20/20 – Becoming a Sustainable Community” is October 23 from 1 – 5:30 pm at the Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA.  Attendees will learn how to make our Tri-Cities community more sustainable to attract and retain businesses. It’s sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable and Sustainable Community. Contact info@alsctc.org.

PNNL This Month

Technology Awards

Peter Christensen, technology commercialization manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was awarded Technology Transfer Professional of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium – Far West Region. The consortium also awarded Outstanding Technology Development for the year to a PNNL-developed battery that could accelerate integration of renewable energy into the electric grid. The technology was developed by Wei Wang and Zimin Nie, as well as former PNNL researcher Baowei Chen. Read more …

Green Chemistry Award

PNNL researchers John Frye and Alan Zacher, along with Todd Werpy of Archer Daniels Midland Company, were honored with the 2015 Award for Affordable Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. They developed and commercialized a process that makes propylene glycol from plants. Read 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 DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters