2018 Progress Edition

Communities & Lifestyle

Boys & Girls Club: Breaking new ground to help kids in need

The mission of an organization can often become stagnant and mechanical rather than the driving force behind its work. We strive keep ours relevant and central in our daily efforts and long-term goals. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Our mission has a critical clause “especially those who need us most.”

Communities & Lifestyle

Camerata Musica: Camerata faces challenge, eyes the opportunity

When Gilbert Boyer sat down at the piano in the Battelle auditorium in September 1969 for the first Camerata Musica concert, neither he nor the organizers had any idea that they were ushering in a series that still would be going strong 49 years later. Within a year, the current format of eight concerts, including one focused on local students, was established.

Agriculture & Commerce

Kennewick Irrigation District: KID to increase reliability by powering Chandler pumping plant

The Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) continues to secure a more reliable and stable water supply in times of drought for its customers. Electrification of the Chandler Power and Pumping Plant, first conceived in the late 1970s and then authorized by federal law in 1994, is in the process to full design. Current estimated cost to complete the project is $23.1 million; earlier estimates ranged from $30–$90 million.

Science & Technology

Mission Support Alliance: Focusing on what matters

The Mission Support Contract, led by Mission Support Alliance (MSA), is a first-of-a-kind contract structure created by the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (DOE). The purpose: focus on cleanup priorities while ensuring the reliability of essential systems such as water, power and transportation, through integrating site services, resulting in reduced taxpayer costs.

Business & Economy

Benton PUD: Smart move for customers

Traditionally, Benton PUD’s responsibility as a utility was to keep the lights on and the rates low. While providing reliable and affordable electric service may have been enough in the past, today’s utility customers want more.

Business & Economy

TRIDEC: Building the Tri-Cities since 1963

The mission of the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) is to facilitate job creation and capital investment (tax base) in Benton and Franklin counties. As the Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Benton and Franklin Counties, we are responsible for marketing the region to business and industry as well as developing a Tri-Cities response to development opportunities coming through the Washington State Department of Commerce.