Congratulations to Communities in Schools Benton-Franklin on being selected as the Regional Chamber's January Member of the Month.
Communities in Schools serves five school districts in our region and works directly inside 34 schools. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. They help students with basic needs, academic assistance, life skills, and more. They accomplish these needs with school-based site coordinators. These coordinators empower students to stay in school through individualized access to needed resources, and ongoing encouragement.
Thanks to everyone who came to the State of Education K-12 Update Membership Luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center Pasco on Wednesday, January 26, 2022! It was great to reconnect in-person.
Congratulations to the West Richland Police Department on the ribbon cutting of their beautiful new facility. The building is located at 7920 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland.
Congratulations to Sage Brewing Company on their new location in Hansen Park! Visit the new taproom at 910 S. Columbia Center Blvd., Ste. G in Kennewick.
A public hearing has been scheduled in the House Environment and Energy Committee for Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 10:00 a.m. for House Bill 1871 concerning the siting of alternative energy facilities. TCRCC Supports this bill and calls on members to participate in the legislative process by testifying at the hearing, submitting written comments, or having your position noted for the record.
Bill sponsor Mark Klicker, 16th Legislative District Representative, introduced the bill after recognizing the need for equity in the siting process of the clean energy movement. Klicker introduced House Bill 1871 on Friday in the House Environment and Energy Committee. However, due to a shortage of time, public testimony on the bill was postponed till Tuesday, Jan. 25.
HB 1871 includes a short-term moratorium on the siting of alternative energy facilities (including the Horse Heaven Wind Farm) until December 2023, to establish a legislative task force that would:
HB 1871 would not impact the development or siting of small modular nuclear reactors.
"Too many rural counties are being forced to house alternative energy facilities but are seeing nothing in return. It's time to revisit the process to determine where these sites are located and who is benefitting from them," said Klicker. "We need to create a plan that works for our rural counties and the people that live there, and not just the counties that use the energy."
Those wishing to submit written comments, testify remotely on the bill, or let their position be noted for the legislative record, may go to: https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi/House. Select "Environment and Energy Committee" with the meeting schedule of 01/25/22 8:00 am, and then select "HB 1871 Alt. energy facility siting."
Congratulations to CHUGH, LLP on their ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, January 4. Their office is located at 602 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick.
Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho on their new store in the Tri-Cities! Visit the shop at 6119 Burden Blvd. in Pasco.