In Driving Tri-Cities Tech Forward


Research District companies benefit from and provide access to tech, talent, and capital.

  • Strong Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • Highly Educated Local Workforce
  • Global Reach and Presence

public institutions

Public Institutions of Higher Education and Technological Research keep us ahead of the curve.

  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Tri-Tech Skills Center
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab

“At PNNL, we are exploring additional ways to apply our expertise, research and technology to help address this global pandemic.

When COVID-19 was first detected in Washington state, we were requested to provide immediate assistance to local emergency response efforts in King County.

This engagement leveraged capabilities and relationships built over the years through our ongoing support to these stakeholders….[Read On]

Battelle has launched a rapidly deployable critical care decontamination system. The technology, developed at its Richland, WA operations location, allowed hospitals and other critical response organizations to decontaminate essential PPE while shortages continue worldwide.

In the continuing quest to develop new battery chemistries and designs that make use of materials that are more abundant and less costly than lithium, a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University have raised the bar for sodium-ion battery technology.

As communities in Washington state begin to move into the first phase of returning to business, the Washington Wine Institute unveiled a return-to-business guide for wineries across the state created in partnership with a Washington State University Tri-Cities business professor and local industry.

Our Mission.

Conduit for technology development, commercialization, and marketing.

Tri-Cities Research District provides access to the technical, labor, and capital resources needed by technology companies to successfully develop, commercialize, and market their products globally.

meet our Board

The Faces Behind our Success

Miles S. Thomas

Port of Benton

Robin Conger

Pacific Northwest National Lab

Kerwin Jensen

City of Richland

Christopher Cree

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Jennifer Harper

Energy Northwest

C. Mark Smith


Doug Perry

Innovation Center

Gary Spanner


Maren Katzeroff

Brilliance Empowered


Columbia Basin College

Alan Haggerty


Karl Dye



City of Pasco

Ron Boninger

Fuse SPC / Fuse Fund

Julie Erickson

U.S. Department of Energy

Tiffany Scott

Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council

Asja Suljic

Washington Employment Security Department

Mandy Wallner

City of Richland

Jacob Skeels

U.S. Department of Energy

Chancellor Sandra Haynes

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Traci Jao


Diahann Howard

Port of Benton

Michelle Tiebe Duggan

Energy Northwest
Alternate Member

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