RICHLAND, Wash. -- Often times, the talk of job growth is centered around Hanford or temporary positions with the local Census Bureau. Solar projects, fruit packing industries and the future of aviation are all on Congressman Doc Hastings' list to learn where the next generation of jobs can be found. But Tuesday, Hastings toured the 'Zero Gravity' facility in Richland, a company that builds planes from scratch.
Hastings says places like Zero Gravity will be creating more jobs in the future. He says the private business sector is what people can look to in the coming years because it is what started job grown decades ago. Hastings believes it will spur growth again in the coming years.
"I try to do this on virtually anytime I have a break, is to touch bases with the private sector because they're the job creators of this county. And if I can touch bases with that they're doing, what their thoughts are, it helps me when I have to go make decisions back in D.C." said Hastings.
The congressman also met with workers at a metal shop and blueberry packing facility. Wednesday he will talk with more company owners in Yakima.