|This map is
provided as an example to illustrate how links to
GUIDE Area Profiles may help investors to visualize an unfamiliar area,
including distances to more familiar cities and potential logistics
considerations for projects. Although not always essential for
well-known areas, maps can be a very useful part of a presentation to
highlight important attributes of the area.
In this example, although
unfamiliar to many people, the area of southwest Washington known as
"Tri-Cities" (Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco), is served by the Pasco
regional airport and good interstate highway routes as well as a port on the
Columbia - Snake River system and main lines on both the Burlington Northern
Santa Fe and the Union Pacific railroads.
This provides strong inter-modal transportation capabilities. The
location is fairly central for the northwestern US, but is uncrowded and
offers far lower costs than the several large cities within a 200 mile
radius. This has proven attractive recently for some large
distribution operations serving the region.
|The area is also becoming known as an excellent location for wineries,
described by some visitors as "Napa the way it used to be".
range from popular brands such as Columbia Crest to less familiar
discoveries such as Kestrel, Hedges, Hogue, Kiona, Barnard Griffin, Balcom
& Moe, Terra Blanca, and others.
For details on that aspect of the
region, refer to the Washington state Wine Commission website at
www.washingtonwine.org or the
Columbia Valley Winery Association at
The various vineyards generally have their own websites, but the tasting
rooms are more enjoyable to visit. The regional economic development
organization (TRIDEC) can expertly arrange for potential corporate investors
in the region to take a little time out from their busy schedules for this
taste of the quality of life of the Tri-Cities area.
If you visit, please tell them how you found out about the region!