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After 70 years, Hanford site continues to help economy

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While Monday marks the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, some are looking back at how the secret project has changed not only the nation, but the Tri-Cities.

The Hanford site draws thousands of tourists to our region each year. Those visitors spend money at our local businesses, generate state taxes, and boost our economy.

Along with being a tourism area, the Tri-Cities is known for its strong ties to the science and engineering fields. But without the Hanford site, the region would probably be known more for agriculture. Even more, some of our local schools -- may have never been established here.

"WSU Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin College, right across the road from us is Delta High School. All those things came from an educated, scientific community," said TRIDEC Vice President Gary Petersen.

Today, the Tri-Cities is home to third generation scientists, engineers and technicians working on the Hanford site, all of whom may never have established roots in our area without the Manhattan Project.