KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-City Development Council will celebrate a major milestone this weekend - their 50th anniversary.
When they started as the Tri-City Nuclear Industrial Development Council in 1963 every road out of town was only two lanes. The population was around 65,000 people and around 60,000 of them made their living somehow connected to Hanford.
The organization changed the name to TRIDEC in 1985 but realized early on that the region couldn't be totally dependent on Hanford forever.
"Good roads was the first, good air transportation was second and then third was agriculture. People don't realize that TRIDEC, TRICNIC, actually focused on those three areas first and for the longer period of time. Now, look what's happened," said Vice President of Federal Programs Gary Petersen.
Petersen praised great community support for making the Tri-Cities what it is today. That's why Saturday night those partners will be honored at an Oscar-themed soiree. NBC Right Now is a proud sponsor of the celebration.