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Tri-Cities Fast Facts

The Tri-Cities area is currently home to 1,600 PhDs and 7,000 engineers and scientists and has the second highest percentage of technology jobs per 1,000 in the state. The average annual wage for a Professional, Scientific and Technology Services (P-T-S) worker in Benton County is $61,415. World class technology companies need world class workers, and, with some exceptions, they are generally available in the Tri-Cities. In 2000, 94 percent of Benton County’s population 25 years of age or older had a high school diploma or better. Almost 40 percent had at least four years of college and, of those, almost 10 percent held advanced degrees. Benton County has roughly twice as many PhDs as the state average at 1.5 percent of all adults 25 or older. The Tri-Cities is home to a far higher percentage of P-T-S workers than anywhere else in the state. In 2004, P-T-S workers accounted for 12.45 percent of all non-farm employment in the MSA. The percentage of P-T-S workers in King County (home of Microsoft) was 6.66 percent and the statewide average was 4.81 percent. Patent activity by local companies and their employees is also a good measure of how active an area is in the innovative process. These ideas are the basis of future products and processes. In 2007, Tri-City companies received 32 new patents and submitted 46 patent applications.

Who We Are And What We Provide

There are over 7,000 workers within the district, and it is home to Battelle operated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the four-year and graduate degree campus of Washington State University (WSU-TC) which was recently named by Senator Cantwell as a FAA Center of Excellence for Biofuels.

The TCRD connects private sector companies, entrepreneurs and investors to a highly educated workforce of engineers and scientists to further develop, innovate and commercialize new products.

Unique facilities available in the district include the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL), a 90,000 square foot high technology business incubator; and WSU-TC’s Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), a “collaborator” with PNNL devoted to scientific R&D and process engineering from bio-based product manufacturing. In addition, PNNL’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) and unique Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) facility are available.

The TCRD is a 501 © (6) non-profit corporation managed by a 15-member board of directors that includes the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Columbia Basin College, WSU TC, PNNL, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Department of Energy and State of Washington Workforce development.

The facilities, land, skilled workforce combine to offer a complete innovation eco-system ready to serve as a catalyst for technology innovation. Our goal is to assist pioneers in advanced technology research, develop, and implement commercial applications of new products and processes.

We serve world class researchers and global businesses focused on todays and tomorrow’s problems and opportunities.

The TCRD Connects Innovation

Connecting to develop, innovate and commercialize new products

  • Private Sector Companies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Engineers
  • Scientists

Unique facilities available include…

  • Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL)
  • WSU-TC’s Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Lab (BSEL)
  • PNNL’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab (EMSL)
  • Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC)

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