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'Young Professionals' Group Influencing Economy

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RICHLAND, Wash.--As the Tri-Cities continues to grow and expand, opportunities for employment climb. And for awhile, young professionals get a taste of living and working in eastern Washington.

"We hope to have an influence over the local businesses that are already here and over businesses that might come that could be a little more exciting for young professionals," says Young Professionals Founder and Whitworth University student Tara Kious.

With a new Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering laboratory almost complete, WSU Tri-Cities feels students and young professionals will be enticed to stick around for the long term.

"The people who work in the Bioproducts lab will want to stay in the area we think," says Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Don Lynch. And will be well trained to meet the needs of the state per the near term and the longer term.

As much as the Tri-Cities offers to some, others feel it doesn't compare to larger metropolitan areas. That's why many leave sooner than later.

"They kinda take off to a bigger city or someplace that's a little bit more exciting while their young still," says Kious.