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Commissioners talk about state of ports

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Job growth, new business, and future construction were the hot topics today at this year's "State of the Ports" luncheon.

Area business and community leaders gathered at the Red Lion hotel in Richland. Commissioners representing the Ports of Benton, Pasco, and Kennewick shared details on some of the projects happening in the area, including the development of Vintners Village in Prosser, and the expansion of the Tri-Cities Airport.

"We've seen about a 2.8 % growth consistently over the last 10 years. We believe that number will hold true," explains Port of Pasco Commissioner Bill Clark over the growth the Tri-Cities Airport has experienced.

The extra development also means a chance for added jobs explains Port of Kennewick Commissioner Skip Novakovich, "in Spaulding business center, which is in Richland, the Eden Medical Center alone is looking at adding 100 new jobs."

Other future projects include the expansion of the Penford Foods potato processing plant, and the opening of the U.S.S Triton Sail Park in Richland.

The commissioners say the development presents a stable image for outside businesses.