Visit Tri-Cities is proud to announce Battelle, which operates the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has made a $50,000 contribution to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Tourism in the Tri-Cities. As a global leader in STEM-related disciplines and world-class scientific discoveries, Battelle is a natural fit as the Official Partner of STEM Tourism in the Tri-Cities. This partnership will help support, elevate and establish the Tri-Cities as the STEM Tourism capital of the Pacific Northwest.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Battelle to enhance the Tri-Cities’ STEM Tourism profile and shine a brighter light on the region for its significant scientific achievements and attractions, which are very unique to the Tri-Cities,” said Michael Novakovich, President and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. “If the current pandemic has taught the world anything, it is that STEM-related research and activities are more important than ever.”
The Tri-Cities has a rich history steeped in science, from the top-secret Manhattan Project to the Nobel Prize-winning research of the LIGO Hanford Observatory, to current technology in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The Tri-Cities region is home to some of the most significant discoveries and impactful research of the last century.
“This new innovative partnership allows Visit Tri-Cities to reach new audiences with targeted messaging designed to bring visitors interested in STEM activities to the Tri-Cities, which will drive positive economic impact in the community through increased visitor spending and contribute to overall quality of life,” added Novakovich.
Amplified promotion of STEM Tourism provides more than enjoyment and enrichment for visitors and the community, it plants the seeds for future interest in STEM, career development and supports workforce development in the Tri-Cities. The partnership is in direct alignment with another Battelle initiative, The Mid-Columbia STEM Nexus, a program focused on fostering pathways to STEM-related jobs. The program kicked off with a $1 million investment to Washington State STEM Education Foundation which is focused on STEM education in the Tri-Cities.
For more information about STEM Tourism in the Tri-Cities, visit http://www.visittri-cities.com/what-to-see-and-do/plan/stem-itineraries-in-the-tri-cities/
The next seminar in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series, “The New Stone Age” presented by Tiffany Kaspar, Materials Scientist at PNNL, will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.
Stone was the first material that ancient man fashioned into tools, but was later relegated to use as a building material. In the last century, the oxides that comprise rocks and minerals have been recognized to possess the widest range of fundamental properties of any class of materials. Oxides made both the solid-state transistor and flat-panel displays possible. Despite these achievements, the true potential of oxides to revolutionize modern life has only begun to be tapped. I will illustrate how we are designing new oxides to advance microelectronics and catalysis as we prepare to usher in the New Stone Age.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series was launched to help the general public better understand and explore how science transforms our world.
Those who are interested can register here.
Gesa Credit Union is continuing its tradition of helping feed our region’s hungry by sponsoring Second Harvest’s Hunger Action Month® (HAM) campaign this September, including Hunger Action Day, Sept. 10. Gesa is matching every dollar donated up to $20,000, with the money focused on continuing to get food where it's needed most throughout Second Harvest’s service area.
“Gesa’s generosity is especially welcome this year, as so many folks are impacted by the coronavirus,” said Jason Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “Our friends at Gesa truly represent the early-day credit union motto of ‘people helping people.’"
“Gesa was built on the foundation of supporting members and the communities we serve. We’re proud to sponsor Hunger Action Month in partnership with Second Harvest,” said Don Miller, President and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “Second Harvest is a vital resource to those impacted by food insecurity, especially during these times of great need. We are extremely grateful for the service they provide to our communities.”
Gesa’s gift will invite people to take action to end hunger, provide meals for thousands of kids, families and seniors throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, and will be leveraged as a challenge to Second Harvest’s network of supporters generating more impact for those facing hunger.
“Gesa has deep roots in the communities it serves and a culture of giving to many programs, and we’re fortunate and appreciative to be one of the credit union’s beneficiaries,” Clark said. Over the past decade, Gesa has contributed more than $125,000 to help Second Harvest provide meals for those facing hunger in the region. “That’s a strong demonstration of Gesa’s long-term commitment.”
Go to 2-harvest.org/HAM for information on how to donate toward Gesa’s $20,000 matching gift and for other ways to get involved in Second Harvest’s volunteer activities during Hunger Action Month.
HAM is the Feeding America network’s nationwide campaign during September designed to mobilize the public on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings attention to the reality of food insecurity in the United States and promotes ways for individuals to get involved in the movement to help end hunger. Hunger Action Day® (HAD), which is the second Thursday in September (Sept. 10, 2020), is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact. Second Harvest is a member of Feeding America.
“We can end hunger one helping at a time,” is this year’s HAM theme. As noted by Feeding America, “With every action, we get one step closer to making hunger a thing of the past.”
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.