WEST RICHLAND -- Sharing information and finding common objectives are two of the goals West Richland City Council members and the Benton Rural Electric Association Trustees have for their annual meeting Tuesday.
The two groups will meet at 6 p.m. in the Benton Rural Community Room, 6095 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. This meeting is open to the public.
"There are several issues that impact both the city and the REA," said Ruth Swain, economic development director for West Richland. "This meeting is our chance to do some smart planning for the future."
The annual meeting gives the city and REA a chance to look at future power and infrastructure needs for future projects like the redevelopment of Van Giesen Street and urban growth within the city.
"Benton REA serves a large geographic area and West Richland is one of the densest populations in their service area. We're a major customer for them," said Swain.
The two also are partners in special education programs like energy conservation. West Richland and Benton REA shared a booth during the 2012 Regional Home and Garden Show at TRAC in Pasco.
"They're also our partner on getting a new interchange off Interstate 82 at Red Mountain and have supported our efforts to recruit the wine industry into locating in West Richland," she said.
The meeting will not result in any decisions. Rather, council members and REA trustees will exchange ideas, information and find common goals, Swain said.
"In these tough economic times it makes sense to cooperate with other agencies to leverage all our resources to benefit the greater community as well as make efficient and effective investment of all our time and resources," she said.