Congratulations to Gravis Law on being named the Regional Chamber's Member of the Month for March 2021!
Since they were founded in 2013, Gravis Law has grown rapidly – now counting fourteen offices in five states across the nation. CEO Brett Spooner has been an important member of the Chamber for many years, serving on our Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Regional Affairs Committee. If you attended our last luncheon, you may remember that Gravis recently upgraded their membership to the top tier, Visionary level.
Gravis has stepped up in multiple ways throughout the pandemic. In January, Gravis purchased ten CO2 monitors to donate to local restaurants, coffee shops, and wineries to help them open indoors and comply with the restrictions in place. Gravis employees also donate their time to multiple non-profits in the community, including Benton Franklin Legal Aid and Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties — offering pro bono work to those in need.
The firm has also shown their dedication to diversity and inclusion through their FAIR initiative. FAIR, which stands for Fairness Accountability Inclusion and Reform, seeks out, acknowledges, and takes action to address disparities across the legal system. Gravis encourages staff to participate in quarterly FAIR challenges that focus on combating systemic injustice.
Congratulations to Gravis Law, our March Member of the Month.
Scout Clean Energy is seeking permit authorization through the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for the Horse Heaven Wind Project. The project includes up to 244 turbine locations, two solar arrays, and battery storage systems covering 24 miles of viewshed along the Horse Heaven Hills in Benton County.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is conducting a public opinion survey to help determine community sentiment about the proposed Horse Heaven Wind Project to identify issues of greatest interest and concern to the region.
The three-question survey will be open for two weeks: Thursday, March 25 – Thursday, April 8. Let your voice be heard! Please take the survey & share it with others.
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Today we celebrate International Women's Day! Thank you to all of the ladies on the Regional Chamber Board of Directors and Staff.
Congratulations to Campbell & Company on being named the Regional Chamber's Member of the Month for February 2021!
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, the 2021 Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium has been canceled. Plans are already in place for the 2022 event, which is scheduled to take place April 13th and 14, 2022 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
Businesses are encouraged to register and attend the virtual Alliance Northwest government contracting conference, to be held March 11, 2021. This event will be held on a professional virtual platform that allows for networking and quality training for small businesses. For information, go to https://alliancenorthwest.org or contact local PTAC Counselor, Jody O’Connor at email@example.com.
The Regional Chamber is distributing 100 cases of free hand sanitizer to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sanitizer was donated by UniFirst Corporation and Tri-Cities Battery.
Each case contains 24 8 oz. bottles of sanitizer. The cases will be given away "first-come, first-served" at the Chamber office (7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Ste. C, Kennewick, WA 99336) from Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (lunch break between 12 - 1 pm). Limit of one case per business.
Regional Chamber Marketing & Communications Director Named to Western Association of Chamber Executives Emerging Leaders Council
The Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) announced the newest members of its Emerging Leaders Council during its annual conference on Wednesday, February 3. The Regional Chamber's Marketing & Communications Director, Austin Regimbal, was one of five new members appointed to the council.
The Emerging Leaders Council was formed to identify & recognize future leaders (all under 40) in W.A.C.E. and the chamber of commerce industry. Members of the council will be asked to provide program feedback and ideas for the good of W.A.C.E. and will serve as advisors to the association's Board and President.
"Austin joined the Tri-City Regional Chamber nearly four years ago and has made an indelible mark on our organization," said Lori Mattson, Regional Chamber President & CEO. "As the Marketing & Communications Director, Austin has been exceptional in his role and in taking our videos, newsletters, social media, and graphics to a new level. His enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills has been especially valuable during 2020, as we have embarked on several new projects and initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."
W.A.C.E. is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 19 Western states and Canada designed to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives.
With approximately 800 members, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.
Congratulations to Fidelitas Wines on being named the Regional Chamber's Member of the Month for January 2021!
We are deeply saddened to learn that Ed Allen, 2008 Board Chair, has passed.
Ed served on the board for many years, however, 2008 was an especially pivotal year as the Chamber formed a partnership with TRIDEC and Visit Tri-Cites and built the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center. Also, in 2008, Ed led the Chamber through a leadership change; hiring Lori Mattson as President/CEO.
Ed’s larger than life personality and business acumen made for an exceptional community leader. He will be greatly missed! We offer our condolences to Ed’s wife, Celeste, and family in their time of mourning.
We are pleased to announce that the Regional Chamber’s Awards and Recognition committee has chosen the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties as the December Member of the Month.
Since May, the committee has chosen to recognize members who have gone above and beyond to help our community during these trying times and the Boys & Girls Club is no exception.
The Boys & Girls Club has been an active member of the Regional Chamber for many years and a great asset to the Tri-Cities community and our youth. During the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club has been providing childcare for essential workers, academic support and mentoring for vulnerable youth, and virtual programming to the community at large. The virtual programming features craft tutorials, cooking classes, art demonstrations, break-dancing how-to’s, and more. They have distributed meals, offered a drive-through Halloween celebration, and shared important information with the families they serve.