We Are Making Progress

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FABREO Columbia Basin, a food and beverage industrial cluster program, has been remarkably successful over the last year and one-half in positioning the Columbia Basin (centered in Tri-Cities, Washington) as a globally recognized food and beverage region....

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The Columbia Basin Century

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The Columbia Basin Food & Beverage Processing Survey 2014 highlighted seven recommendations necessary to position the Columbia Basin as a globally recognized food and beverage processing region. The most exciting and challenging recommendation is the Strategic Gateway Concept, designed to position the Columbia Basin as the strategic gateway between America and Asia....

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A Trip Down Main Street

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One can imagine it starting with a flick of the pen, a glob of ink, black as coal, on a stark, white, clean piece of paper, nary a trace of lines or organization, just sitting there, waiting for orders. This glob was different than its ancestors....

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Sam Would Be Proud

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I boarded the Airbus A320 bound for Salt Lake City, the first leg of a two-legged journey to San Francisco. It was 6:00 AM, one eye was open, the second barely. The plane was half full or half empty, depending on your point of view. I settled into my aisle seat next to a young lady in her early twenties. She looked up from her phone and said, "hi". Never being one short of intelligent conversation, I also said, "hi". She hunkered down and went to sleep. I cracked open, "Community Godfather, How Sam Volpentist shaped the history of Hanford and the Tri-Cities," by C. Mark Smith. ...

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World’s Most Exciting Food & Beverage Region

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It was a cold, gray, winter day in early February. Snowflakes were floating through the fog, gently settling to the ground, where they lay unbroken, creating a frosty blanket that crunched under each step. My white Nissan Frontier truck blended nicely with the surroundings. Inside, I was a bundle, wrapped in a heavy overcoat, hat and gloves. My visible breath saluted the fact there was life inside the bundle....

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Imagine The Possibilities

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Because of its location, perched on the Northwest corner of the United States, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and growing economies of Asia, the Columbia Basin is the natural Strategic Gateway between Asia and America, blessed with an abundance of assets to grow domestic and international food and beverage processing businesses and support organizations....

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Diamonds in the Desert

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There are diamonds in the desert. I’m not talking about those adorning a crown, but rather those adorning the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. In a previous post I mentioned the incredible potential of the Columbia Basin in southeast Washington State, positioned as a major international food and beverage cluster, based on the area’s reputation as a world-class agricultural region ("if it ain't tropical, you can grow it here!"), its dominance of the Washington State wine industry, the presence of major food processing companies, as well as a generous sprinkling of specialty food and beverage companies....

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A Special Place, A Special Opportunity

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A special place, this Columbia Basin. Located in southeast Washington State, it is firmly anchored by the communities of Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Prosser, which hug the banks of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers. The Cascade, Blue, Wallowa and Rocky Mountain Ranges look down and keep a watchful eye on the Basin....

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