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Happy New Year!

Our office will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance New Years Day. Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Human Services Public Transportation Workshop


The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, in cooperation with People for People, the Arc of Tri-Cities, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Ben Franklin Transit is developing the 2018 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP).

You are invited to attend a workshop to provide information for the HSTP to be held on Friday, July 13 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at Ben Franklin Transit, 1000 Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
A goal of the workshop is to gather views and experiences of transportation service providers and their clients to ensure their perspectives are represented in the final report. Attendees will be encouraged to recognize and talk about gaps or unmet needs in the client transportation system. A following discussion will identify potential strategies and solutions to address those needs.

If you have any questions concerning the HSTP or the workshop, please feel free to contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or

SCORE Workshop

Where’s the Money? How to Find Money to Start or Grow Your Business.

The purpose of this presentation is inform participants about the spectrum of local financing options available throughout the life of a business. Panelists can share information like:
• During the business life cycle, at what points might your organization have applicable financing products? What are they? Do you partner with other (non-owner) financing sources to fund a deal?
• What’s makes a business opportunity attractive to investment from your organization?
• How might a business owner best “package” their opportunity (e.g., What documentation is typically needed?)
• Timing—What’s the typical processing time (e.g., from applicant submission of complete documentation to $)?

• Gesa: Ben Rutledge, Vice President of Commercial Services
• Community First Bank: Eric Pearson, President & CEO
• Benton Franklin Council of Governments: Stephanie Seamans, Community & Economic Development Manager
• Tri-Cities Seed Fund: Brett Spooner, Managing Partner, Gravis Law

Notes to Panelists:
• LoAnn will provide discussion questions to you a week in advance; no PowerPoint or formal presentation needed.
• Feel free to bring handouts; you’ll know the number of attendees about a week in advance.

Points of Contact:
• LoAnn Ayers, panel moderator
• Paul Casey, SCORE
• Miles Thomas, City of Kennewick

This event is FREE but pre-registration is required. Contact Mid-Columbia SCORE or visit to register or for more information.

Janice Vesper
Mid-Columbia SCORE Chapter 0590
509-735-1000 ext 235

Tri-Cities Compete Streets Workshop

Complete Streets Workshop

A Complete Streets Workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:30am – 2:30pm at the Ben Franklin Transit Administration Building, 1000 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments in collaboration with the Washington State Departments of Health and Transportation, and the Transportation Improvement Board is hosting the workshop.

A Complete Streets approach to street design integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. This helps to ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

Purposes of the workshop are to promote local/regional discussion on complete streets and to assist interested jurisdictions in development of a complete streets ordinance or policy. If you are interested in attending, please register by contacting Len Pavelka at: Lunch will be provided. Be sure to indicate if you prefer a vegetarian meal when you register.   

For more information about Complete Streets, contact James Kissee at or go to this website:



Tri-Cities Complete Streets Training Flyer

Office Closed

Fun Fact: Cherry Pie is a food traditionally associated with President’s Day, based on the legendary chopping down of a cherry tree in Washington‘s youth!

Our office will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President’s Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, February 20, 2018.