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Study Looks at Tri-Cities Future

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Kennewick, WA - For many people in the Tri-Cities, consolidation is a dirty word. But there's a growing movement that feels the Tri-Cities as a whole is developing its own identity, thanks to the cooperative and collaborative efforts of each community.

A roundtable group of business and community leaders called the Tri-Cities Evolution is working to bring facts and data to this discussion. They've enlisted the Ruckelshaus Center at WSU to collect information from other communities around the country that face similar circumstances.

They looked for areas where communities dealt with multiple city and county governments, and multiple police and fire agencies. They wanted to find out what options worked in these communities, and what didn't.

"I can tell you without giving away the results, that it's counter-intuitive. It was surprising to me some of the results of this study. I think it will show the power of bringing facts and data into the equation," said Marty Conger, Chairman of Tri-Cities Evolution.

The Ruckelshaus Center will share the results of their study with the community next Wednesday at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The public is welcome to attend, but you do need to register before the end of business on Friday.

Tickets are $20 for chamber members, and $24 for non-members. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-0510.