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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. Visit the EDO Home page to subscribe to this Newsletter. Browse the archives for back issues.

January 2009 Issue

  • Business advisory group gets new leader
    The Mid-Columbia Chapter of SCORE has a new chair. Mike Herber will lead the local chapter that is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of the nation's small businesses. more...
  • Local companies receive innovation award
    MEIER Enterprises, Inc. and Chervenell Construction, both based in Kennewick, Wash., were honored by Northwest Construction magazine with a "Best Design-Build Innovation" award. more...
  • CBC program receives accreditation candidacy
    Columbia Basin College's new Bachelor of Applied Management degree has received initial candidacy with the Northwest Association of Colleges and Universities, which serves as the regional accreditation agency for higher education institutions in seven Western states. more...
  • Improvements to software product
    Future Point Systems, based in Richland, Wash., has the next generation of its Starlight Visual Information Systems software. more...

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 *.

  • Annual membership meeting
    The Tri-Cities Research District will hold its annual membership meeting on January 14.  The meeting will be held in Room 120 of the Consolidated Information Center located on the WSU-Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Wash. more...
  • Technology Assistance Program
    Could your business use technical assistance from knowledgeable engineers and scientists? The Technology Assistance Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., provides up to five days of free technical help each year. more...
  • Creating an environment of innovation course
    Columbia Basin College is offering the course "Creating an Environment of Innovation-Techniques to Help Any Organization" designed to help individuals and businesses develop skills for embracing innovation and transforming organizations. more...
  • Technology commercialization grant competitions
    The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has added two grant competitions designed to stimulate commercialization of early-stage technologies. more...
  • Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program grants
    Applications are being accepted for grants from the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, which focuses on maximizing the use of renewable energy in the United States by leading the country's research and development efforts to improve wind and water energy generation technologies. more...
  • Research funding available
    The Washington Technology Center is accepting proposals for its next round of research grants aimed at transitioning great ideas out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. more...
  • Health & Safety Expo 2009
    Registration is being accepted for booths at the 15th Annual Site Health and Safety Exposition. The event will be held at the TRAC facility in Pasco, Wash., in May. more...
  • Resources online
    The article "As Hanford jobs decline, Tri-Cities needs new focus" was published in the Tri-City Herald on December 7. more...
  • Northwest Energy Innovation Summit
    JANUARY 12. The Northwest Energy Innovation Summit on alternative energy and innovation is being held in Boise, Idaho, and will include panel discussions on technology transfer and commercialization, economic development, financing the future, and emerging technologies in agriculture and bio-science. more...
  • Ron Kysiak to speak
    JANUARY 14. Ron Kysiak, the executive director of Northwestern University and former president of the Council for Urban Economic Development, will be the next speaker in the Tri-Cities Research District Speaker Series. more...
  • Seattle Economic Forecast Conference
    JANUARY 15. The Seattle Economic Forecast Conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Wash. more...
  • Smart Grid technologies presentation
    JANUARY 16. Roger Woodworth of Avista Utilities will be the next speaker in the Spokane Science, Technology & Business Discovery series. more...
  • Harvesting Clean Energy conference
    JANUARY 25-27. The 9th annual Harvesting Clean Energy conference will be held in Billings, Mont. The conference is designed to advance rural economic development through clean energy production. more...
  • Regional Economic Outlook forecast
    JANUARY 28. RSVP BY JANUARY 12. The Tri-City Development Council will hold the 2009 Regional Economic Outlook forecast for the Tri-Cities, Washington region at the TRAC Facility in Pasco, Wash. more...
  • American Society for Quality meeting
    FEBRUARY 3. REGISTER BY JANUARY 29. The Columbia Basin chapter of the American Society for Quality's February meeting will feature a demonstration of the Red Bead Experiment, an interactive teaching tool. more...

  • Spokane Science, Technology & Business Discovery speaker series
    FEBRUARY 20. Patricia Hunt from the Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences will be the February speaker in the Spokane Science, Technology & Business Discovery series. more...
  • Washington Innovation Summit 2009
    APRIL 9. REGISTER BY MARCH 6 FOR EARLY BIRD RATE. Washington Innovation Summit 2009 will bring together more than 400 innovators and thought leaders in sustainability and technology who are driving industry development in sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems. 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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