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City of Richland: Looking forward to an exciting year

Mother Nature certainly manifested herself this winter! Despite the challenges presented by the record snowfall, endless school and facility closures and freezing temperatures, Richland still anticipates exciting opportunities and progress on significant milestones in 2017. The City of Richland continues to grow not only in population, but in diversity of business, culture and needs. It is our responsibility to manage this growth strategically and thoughtfully. We have stability, we have sustained economic growth, sound public safety, but most importantly, a united commitment to maintain an excellent quality of life.

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Franklin County Commission: Proud to serve our community

2017 has begun with snowstorms resulting in more snowfall than our area has seen in many years. While this precipitation will perhaps be more appreciated at harvest time, it has kept our county roads and facilities departments and traffic safety personnel busy ensuring the safety of our citizens, visitors and employees. While 2016 was less eventful weatherwise, there was indeed a significant amount of activity in Franklin County government.

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Washington State University Tri-Cities: Growing opportunities so more may succeed

Washington State University Tri-Cities is different from many universities across the nation. We serve a higher rate of students who identify as first-generation and those who identify as minorities compared with many others. As we’ve grown significantly in recent years, that continues to be on the forefront of our minds in our roles as educators so that we can meet the needs of all our students from throughout the region and state.

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Trios Health: Answering the call for convenient healthcare access

We live in a time that prioritizes efficiency. We wear many hats, juggle many balls and try to fit more and different things into our lives to keep our own sense of balance. More than ever, we appreciate — even expect — the ability to handle many things in daily life more quickly and easily. Technology has and will continue to be something we rely on to enable and support our increasing penchant for multi-tasking, and it has permeated the marketplace across countless industries as we learn to automate and digitize more aspects of our lives and work.

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Tri-Cities Cancer Center: Improving community health

As I reflect back on 2016, I recognize it as being a year of “firsts” for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Last year we were the first cancer center in the nation to receive the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation for Excellence (APEx®). Nationally recognized institutions like MD Anderson Cancer Center followed us in achieving this prestigious accreditation. 2016 also marked the first time our original clinic has been renovated and expanded. We offer a truly world-class service, which focuses on patient privacy, comfort, convenience and the very latest in cutting edge cancer treatment. Learn more about our many “firsts” at tccancer.org.

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The REACH: Embracing our history

In late 2012 when I left the Tri-Cities for retirement in the Cascade foothills, plans were being finalized for construction of The REACH Museum. I had been involved with the project for a number of years, including a stint on the Richland Public Facilities District (PFD) Board of Directors. I was thrilled that after years of uncertainty The REACH was becoming a reality, and in July of 2014 The REACH opened its doors to the public for the first time. The commitment of the community, local government and private partners to the vision of sharing the rich history of our region in a beautiful facility along the Columbia River had prevailed. As I write this article I am working here at The REACH serving as volunteer interim executive director and witnessing firsthand that same commitment by staff, volunteers, the PFD and our partners in the community to deliver quality REACH programs to locals and visitors alike.

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Mid-Columbia Ballet: Ballet beyond the studio

Gage, age 11, was so excited on his first day of INCLUDE that before class even started he was already showing off his dance moves to class assistants. INCLUDE is part of a suite of new outreach programs being conducted by Mid-Columbia Ballet (MCB). Serving children ages 8 to 11 with special needs such as autism spectrum and related disorders, this workshop was developed as part of MCB’s efforts to reach out to new groups within our community who would benefit greatly from exposure to the arts and dance in particular.

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Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity: Providing families with a place to call home

Partnering with the community has emerged as the theme for the upcoming year at Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity. With Lisa Godwin at the helm as executive director, she is setting the stage for what might be seen by some as making a dent in low-income housing in our community. One of Lisa’s favorite quotes comes from Bill Gates which says, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” That is precisely what Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity is doing. They are empowering their homeowners, their volunteers, the staff and the community.

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Washington Apple Commission: Leading the way for apple production

2017 promises to be another exciting year filled with challenges and opportunities for the Washington apple industry. Technological advances in the orchard and the packing house continue to help Washington stay at the forefront of the apple category for consumers in the U.S. and beyond. New varieties continue to be introduced, giving consumers more choices than ever.

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Camerata Musica: Bringing music to the masses

Fast forward to the fourth Saturday in September as 275 to 300 people gather in the Battelle Auditorium for the opening concert of Camerata Musica’s 49th season. We don’t know who the musicians will be, but everyone there is confident that it will be an exciting, enjoyable program. Afterwards, as musicians and audience mingle in the lobby, no one, except Camerata’s Board, will know how much work went into getting to that point.

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Richland Players: Entertaining, inspiring and educating audiences

After 73 years, more than 2,900 performances and serving more than 8,000 patrons a season, all the Richland Players can say is thank you! Thank you for the thousands of volunteer hours you have donated each season to enrich our community. Thank you for the endless talents you have offered to make each production a work of art. Thank you to our patrons for supporting the arts– laughing, crying, solving mysteries and living life with us. It is because of each of your contributions that the Richland Players continue to achieve success.

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