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Introduction

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". 

The wineries 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 www.columbiavalleywine.com .   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!

Footnote : If you need maps such as these or any of the others found on this website, please respect the Microsoft copyright and buy your own copy of Microsoft MapPoint, the North America version of which was used to create and publish these maps solely for the navigational convenience and reference of users of our website.

The North American and European versions are available through Amazon.com.  The North American version is sold at many US computer retailers.  See also : http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/   or http://mappoint.msn.com

Another leading source of mapping software for GIS applications is ESRI at www.esri.com .

Refer also to our list of GIS map features on websites for many areas, including those prepared by GIS Planning, winner of the 2003 Economic Development Leadership & Accomplishment Award of CoreNet Global, using ESRI products.

There is also ESRI Business Information Solutions, at www.esribis.com .

Google now offers Google Maps and Google Earth for maps and imagery

Google Local integrates local maps and imagery with their business search results

Other mapping and imagery resources are listed in our Research section.

 

Some community websites may make GIS mapping tools available to map data about the area.  Additional maps may be found on economic development websites, such as custom maps to illustrate data about key business location selection topics. 


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