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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.

August 2008 Issue

This section describes news, appointees, and events related to the Tri-Cities Research District. The Research District is a vibrant, 1,600-acre mixed-use area in north Richland, Wash. with more than 80 employers and an emphasis on science and technology companies and organizations. Contact at (509) 375-3060. Other Research District tenant news appears in this newsletter as indicated by the symbol *.

  • Research District to receive funding
    The Tri-Cities Research District will receive $100,000 over the next three years to cover seed operating expenses. more...
  • TechRealization Workshop
    The master plan for the Research District will be unveiled at the TechRealization Workshop in August. more...
  • Survey wrapping up
    An internal survey of the 80 companies within the Research District was completed at the end of July by TCRD staff to learn more about the tenants and identify any issues that the Research District could work to address. more...
  • "Dream" company moving in
    Our Dream Continued, LLC has nearly completed construction on its 48,000-square-foot building within Stevens Center. more...
  • Research funding grants
    Washington technology businesses looking to partner with a university or nonprofit researcher on innovative technology projects are invited to apply for a funding award through the Washington Technology Center's Research & Technology Development Awards program. more...
  • Smartmap Expo
    Exhibitors are being sought for the Tri-City Development Council's 6th Annual Smartmap Expo, billed as the premier manufacturing networking event in the Pacific Northwest. more...
  • New resources online now
    Five new resources are available online. 1) A new report by the Technology Alliance called "The Economic Impact of Technology-Based Industries in Washington State" states that Benton County is the third largest tech employer county in the state of Washington. more...
  • More online
    The SCORE Association, a national resource for small businesses, has a number of new online resources. more...
  • *TechRealization workshop
    AUGUST 27. REGISTER BY AUGUST 20. TechRealization: A Day for Recognizing Clean Technology Impacts and Progress in the Tri-Cities Research District is scheduled for August 27 at the Washington State University Tri-Cities Consolidated Information Center in Richland, Wash. more...
  • Immigration customs enforcement seminar
    AUGUST 14. The seminar "Immigration Customs Enforcement and Protecting the Security of Your Workforce" is being offered on August 14 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. more...

  • Economic and Workforce Development Conference
    SEPTEMBER 3-4. REGISTER BY AUGUST 8 for DISCOUNT. The Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference will be held September 3-4 in Lynnwood, Wash. more...
  • Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference
    SEPTEMBER 8-10, REGISTER BY AUGUST 25. The Fifth Annual Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference will be held September 8-10 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Wash. more...
  • Smartmap Expo
    SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2. The Tri-City Development Council's 6th Annual Smartmap Expo, a large manufacturing networking event, will be held September 30 through October 2 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. more...
  • Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium
    OCTOBER 15-16. REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 30. The 2008 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium will be held October 15-16 in Pasco, Wash. 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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