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Officials hope to bring hundreds of manufacturing jobs onto 1,300 acre land transfer from Hanford Site

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RICHLAND, WA. -- A huge transfer of land was made official Monday and it could have a big impact on our local economy. 

The area we're talking about is in Richland on the corner of Stevens Drive and Horn Rapids Road. That's where about 1,300 acres has been transferred from the Hanford site to the possession of the Port of Benton and the City of Richland.

Monday, officials from the Tri-City Development Council, the City and the Port of Benton officially signed the paperwork completing the land transfer. The land doesn't look like much now but several years from now it will look completely different with hopefully either a manufacturing company or energy firm on the land. 

Robert Larson from the Port of Benton says they expect to bring hundreds if not thousands of jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more, to Richland's economy. 

"It's a really exciting thing and there's already people talking from overseas that want to come in and maybe start a manufacturing company, but that's still up in the air," Larson said. 

The next step for the Port of Benton and the City of Richland is to create a master plan. The two sides plan to work together to bring in an energy company or manufacturer. 

As of today, the Port of Benton and the City of Richland officially own the property and are excited about what they can bring to the local economy. 
 

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