The American Red Cross is partnering with Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS) and other partners to make homes safer from the threat of a home fire during the annual Sound the Alarm campaign. HMIS leadership presented the local Red Cross chapter with a $10,000 gift Tuesday. Funds will directly assist the Red Cross in helping people prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.
Bob Wilkinson, HMIS President, says, “HMIS is proud to sponsor the 2021 Sound the Alarm campaign for our local American Red Cross to promote the importance of fire alarms in protecting our community. Our safety culture at HMIS is critical to the work we do at Hanford and something we encourage our employees to take home with them – fire safety is something we can all be a part of.”
Since January 1, local Red Cross volunteers have helped almost 700 people with urgent needs like emergency lodging, financial assistance, and recovery planning, following more than 160 home fires throughout the Northwest Region. In Central & Southeast Washington, the Red Cross has responded to 28 home fires and provided aid to 125 individuals.
“Home fires remain the nation’s most frequent disaster during COVID-19,” said Cody Campbell, Disaster Program Manager for Central and Southeastern Washington. “Most of us don’t realize we have just two minutes to escape a home fire. We are excited to partner with HMIS and others to prepare households and help save lives in our community.”
Other supporters and partners of the local Sound the Alarm campaign include Kennewick Fire Department, Gesa Credit Union, Amentum at WTP, and Numerica Credit Union.
During the Sound the Alarm campaign, the Red Cross, along with volunteers from HMIS and Gesa Credit Union, are educating people across the Northwest region about home fire safety by offering FREE Homes Made Safer calls (by appointment). During the call, participants will receive information about home fire safety, including how to create an escape plan and practice a 2-minute drill, as well as guidance in how to check existing smoke alarms. Those households that need smoke alarms will be put on a list for the fire departments to install smoke alarms by appointment when it’s safe to do so. Anyone can request a free home fire education call by:
The community, businesses, organizations and school districts are invited to a free, virtual panel discussion, entitled Organizational Leadership After Crisis, hosted by Lucas OPT on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT. “This isn’t the first large scale crisis event to happen in our world. COVID was just on the largest scale we’ve seen in recent history. It’s vital for organizations to be prepared for the next event,” says Chris Lucas, President and COO, Lucas Engineering and Management Services.
Crisis communication has been front and center in much of the past year’s corporate strategy sessions. However, conversations that are candid, collaborative and truly move forward on organizational performance & outcomes, have not seen as much enthusiasm. This is in part, due to concerns over intellectual property, maintaining a competitive edge and uncertainty on what the new normal really looks like. “There have been major obstacles this past year; supply chain issues, natural disasters, fluctuating workforces, federal administration changes and so much more, all leading to uncertainty. The willingness for large scale collaboration on best practices, across industry & disciplines, simply didn’t happen the way it did this last year with crisis communications,” continues Lucas.
Attendees of the event will hear from members of the Organizational Performance Team, whose combined expertise includes private sector energy production management, organizational leadership, Human Performance Improvement, Lean Six-Sigma experience and longtime DOE contract management. The discussion has two parts: organizational level & individual level leadership best practices.
To register, please visit www.lucasopt.com to register for the event. Attendees are invited to submit their questions before the event via the website and learn more about the panel members: Chris Lucas, Joe Estey, Sr., Dale Walling and Joseph Estey, Jr.
WHAT: Rep. Dan Newhouse will host his 2021 Job Fair for all constituents of the 4th Congressional District. He is bringing together job seekers with employers from all over the region who are looking for qualified employees. As Central Washington continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many job opportunities to be filled. The event is free, and applicants are encouraged to bring resumes and/or interview materials.
Due to the pandemic, in-person attendance will be closely monitored to ensure social distancing and other safety procedures are in place. Sanitizing stations and masks will also be available for participants. Constituents are encouraged to pre-register for one of the time slots available here. This will speed up check-in on the day of the Job Fair and ensure the event stays within attendance guidelines.
Employers interested in participating should contact Vicki Holleman-Perez in the Yakima district office at (509) 452-3243.
A list of participating employers and available positions can be found here.
WHERE: Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 West Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick, WA 99336
WHEN: Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation will be hosting their 21st Annual Cancer Crushing Breakfast on Thursday, May 6th at 7:30am at Fairchild Cinemas in Kennewick, Richland and Pasco. A virtual option will be available for those not comfortable attending in-person. The entire community is invited to attend.
Each screen room at each Fairchild Cinemas location will hold a maximum of 20 masked and distanced guests keeping attendees safe while allowing for an in-person event! This “show stopper” event will feature exciting news about cancer care in our region and provide attendees with a to-go breakfast! There is no-cost to attend the breakfast with the hope that attendees will make a donation to financially support the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.
What: Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation’s 21st Annual Cancer Crushing Breakfast
When: Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 7:30am
Where: Join Us at one of the Fairchild Cinemas in Kennewick, Richland or Pasco or watch online from your home or office.
If interested in attending as an individual or being a table host, please call our Foundation office at (509) 737-3373 by April 29th. Reservations are required.
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation Breakfast is generously sponsored by Hanford Mission Integration Solutions. All funds raised stay local and provide valuable non-reimbursed cancer programs and services for patients, their families, and the community.
The Foundation provides Support Services for individuals in our community, which are instrumental in helping patients and their families deal with the diagnosis of cancer. We offer assistance in understanding treatment options; dealing with the side effects of treatment; coping with the feelings and questions of family and friends; and understanding how to talk to a child about the diagnosis of cancer. Our desire is to address the needs of patients and their families not covered by insurance. In addition, we offer the Ralph R. Peterson Library (cancer resource library), free community cancer screenings, rehabilitation, our Palliative Care and Survivorship programs, a Resource Center to address the unique needs of cancer patients and so much more. We offer numerous non-reimbursed services and education, which are available to those affected by cancer in our region no matter where they are receiving their treatment. These offerings are funded through the generous community support of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center is a world-class organization caring for patients with cancer throughout the Tri-Cities and nearby region. To learn more about the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, please visit www.tccancer.org.
New airline, Avelo Airlines, has announced a new, nonstop flight between the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Flights begin April 29 with fares as low as $19.
“We are thrilled to welcome Avelo Airlines to the Tri-Cities region,” said Buck Taft, Director of Airports. “It’s an honor to be one of the first destinations for the airline, and an excellent opportunity to provide our passengers a low-cost, customer-focused connection to southern California.”
More info on Avelo Airlines.
Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL) hosts a free virtual lecture by Bay Area broadcaster John Jensen titled “The Emergence of Folk-Rock,” on Thursday, April 8 at 6 pm via Zoom.
The audience will hear the early pioneers of traditional folk music like Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, and The Weavers, who were the forerunners when folk went mainstream in the late 1950s with the likes of The Limeliters, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.
Jensen will discuss the moment when folk-rock burst on the scene with the groups who revolutionized the sound like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, The Lovin' Spoonful, and many others.
The presentation will include rare songs, studio sessions, and outtakes as this sound came into prominence.
More information is at midcolumbialibraries.org.
All MCL branches are open for "Curbside Plus," which includes limited in-branch browsing for books and materials and computer use, as well as curbside pickup and returns.
Administrative Professionals do amazing work – often just outside the spotlight. Western Governors University recognizes the unique skills of our administrative professionals during April. In honor of our Administrative Professionals, WGU is offering two great opportunities this month.
This year, Administrative Professionals Day is April 21st. To help recognize the important work these professionals do in YOUR community, I invite you to nominate a colleague who embodies the qualities of an outstanding administrative professional: engaging, organized, and driven. By filling out this short, nomination form, your colleague will be eligible to receive a $150 Amazon gift card and you will receive a small Starbucks gift card as well. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2021.
WGU is also making Administrative Professionals Day extra special – and helping to unlock full potential in the workplace! To celebrate, WGU is proud to offer the Administrative Professionals Scholarship. We will award multiple scholarships – each valued up to $4,000 – to motivated executive assistants, secretaries, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals ready to achieve the dream of a university education. Scholarship applications are being accepted now through September 30th.
Help us say thank you to Administrative professionals for their hard work and tireless efforts! Make a difference today by nominating a colleague for an Amazon gift card and by sharing the news about WGU’s Administrative Professionals Scholarship.
Zintel Creek Golf Club is pleased to announce that 3000 square feet of the club’s downstairs area has been remodeled as event space. For those people looking to host a class reunion, wedding reception, business meeting or family gathering, the golf club now has something for everyone to hold meetings and banquets.
Golf and Social memberships receive reduced room fees for banquet room rental, discounts on the simulator, discounted or no greens fees, restaurant and bar discounts, swimming pool, fitness room, and locker room privileges.
“Zintel Creek Golf Club is a home away from home for families and friends, explains General Manager Clint Ables. “It’s a place where everyone knows your name…a spot to bring future, present and past colleagues and customers to network with other business people, and develop valuable relationships.”
The Golf Club restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm. The Golf Course is open Mondays at noon and 7:30am Tuesday-Sunday.
Today, Energy Northwest, Grant County Public Utility District and X-energy, LLC signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a mutual partnership to support the development and commercial demonstration of the country’s first advanced nuclear reactor. The partners will collaborate and share resources to evaluate their mutual goal of siting, building, and operating a Xe-100 advanced nuclear power plant at an existing Energy Northwest site north of Richland, with the potential to generate up to 320 megawatts of reliable, carbon-free energy. Through the TRi Energy Partnership, the parties will evaluate each step of the project and identify the best approach to licensing, permitting, construction, operation, and ownership.
The partnership was announced this morning at a signing ceremony in Richland, Washington, where the three chief executives delivered remarks:
“As Washington state implements the Clean Energy Transformation Act – requiring 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 – new sources of reliable, affordable and emissions-free electricity will be needed across the region,” said Brad Sawatzke, Energy Northwest chief executive officer. “Advanced nuclear energy can and should play a vital role in our state’s clean energy future: it does not emit greenhouse gases, is available around-the-clock, pairs well with renewables, and provides numerous benefits essential to grid reliability.”
“This partnership signifies our strong interest in advanced nuclear energy as one of the best, lowest-cost options to reliably serve Grant County’s growing communities and support their continued economic growth,” said Kevin Nordt, Grant County PUD chief executive officer. “The electricity generated by a Xe-100, and other advanced nuclear energy technologies, will be invaluable to our future carbon-free grid.”
“Together we represent the three pillars on which a successful project will be built: X-energy’s innovative Generation IV nuclear technology and fuel design; Energy Northwest’s ideal site and proven operating experience and nuclear expertise; and in Grant PUD a forward-thinking, resourceful, and extremely well-run utility with an interest in new resources to meet growing demand,” said Clay Sell, X-energy chief executive officer. “Combined with the Department of Energy’s vital support and visionary leadership, we have the foundation on which to build the future of clean energy.
Visit Tri-Cities has partnered with SkyNav, an immersive virtual marketing platform, to launch an exciting 360⁰ tour of the Tri-Cities—the first interactive virtual tour experience to be offered by a destination marketing organization in Washington State.
SkyNav creates a dynamic virtual experience with stunning aerial to ground spherical imagery that may also be enjoyed as a virtual reality experience. The interactive tour highlights points of interest with image galleries, videos and information to assist visitors in planning their getaway to the Tri-Cities.
“From our attractions and downtowns to our vineyards and rivers, we’re excited to offer visitors an immersive experience of the Tri-Cities,” said Michael Novakovich, President & CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. “And the technology isn’t just for leisure travelers, meeting and sports tournament planners can take advantage of the virtual tour to increase attendance at events held in the Tri-Cities. Area businesses can also leverage the technology for their recruitment and relocation endeavors.”
The virtual tour is not only a powerful tool for visitors to plan their vacation, but an opportunity for local tourism-businesses to showcase their visitor experience. Visit Tri-Cities is offering a partnership with attractions, restaurants, breweries, wineries, hotels, venues and tourism-related businesses to appear on the virtual tour.
“Leveraging platforms like SkyNav will give the Tri-Cities region the competitive advantage as we work toward economic recovery following the pandemic,” added Novakovich.
Presentations regarding the SkyNav partnership program with Visit Tri-Cities will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Tourism-related businesses may register for one of the sessions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTCSkyNAVDemo
To learn more about Visit Tri-Cities, check out VisitTri-Cities.com or explore the Tri-Cities virtually here.
Email your press release and a photo to Austin Regimbal, Marketing & Communications Director. Press releases are posted in their entirety. This is a free benefit for members of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.