Benton-Franklin Trends Newsletter

#4 - 2017

WELCOME!

WELCOME!
GAIL EVERETT - COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING SPECIALIST, CITY OF RICHLAND
BF TRENDS STEERING COMMITTEE - ENVIRONMENTAL

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Thank you for taking the time to check out this quarter's Benton Franklin Trends newsletter. As you will see, the Benton-Franklin Trends website is THE go-to source for information, statistics and measurable data within the two counties.

Every quarter the BF Trends Steering Committee chooses three indicators to revisit and highlight in its newsletter. Those chosen this time are 1) the foreign population, 2) the educational profile of the two counties (specifically, the share with a BA or above) and 3) the lodging tax.

We hope you enjoy and find value in this quarter's news.

As a Trends Steering Committee Member and Environmental Sustainability Indicator Lead, I am proud to have participated…


INDICATOR NEWS

YAKIMA VALLEY TRENDS, EWU'S 10TH INDICATORS PROJECT, JUST LAUNCHED

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On Monday, November 13, Eastern Washington University's Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis launched their 10th indicators site: Yakima Valley Trends.

While the data offered on Yakima Valley Trends is basically the same as found on the Benton-Franklin Trends site, Yakima Valley boasts of a completely new web design and format. The basic indicator and website functions of the new format will be almost identical to the old design.

Keep watching in the early part of 2018 as we will be working hard to port the new web design over to all the other Trends sites Eastern Washington University manages.

U.S. CENSUS NOW OFFERS STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE TEST -

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The American Community Survey (ACS), from the U.S. Census, provides estimates for the nation, all 50 states individually, various counties and states across the nation. These estimates include various measures of well-being, income, population, diversity, housing, age and more. These estimates are used to keep track of important trends throughout each county.

Each year as every ACS-sourced indicator on the Benton-Franklin Trends site receives an update, the numbers may show a significant change, a small change, or anything in-between. All ACS indicators are estimates based…


YEAR IN REVIEW AND THANK YOU!


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As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to take a little time to reflect back on the past year. The Trends site had three new indicators added (each hyperlinked to individual indicators):

As mentioned in the Yakima Valley Trends article, a completely new website format has been developed and will be ported over to the Benton-Franklin Trends website sometime…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

LARGE SHARE OF THE POPULATION ARE FOREIGN-BORN -

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The foreign-born population has received a lot of attention in the press over the last few years. But what might have been lost in the discussion is that these are still people, regardless of their citizenship status, be they DACA recipients, documented field workers, or naturalized citizens or undocumented residents. Benton and Franklin counties have undoubtedly all of these categories represented in their immigrant population.

One method of getting a sense of the size of this population is through the Census question of whether…

LODGING TAX REDISTRIBUTIONS ON THE RISE -

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The Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo, Tri-City Water Follies featuring hydroplane races, touring the Hanford Reach National Monument, wine tasting events, the 23 mile Sacagawea Heritage Trail, the International Bigfoot Conference, year-round golfing - there are many reasons people travel to the Tri-Cities. This indicator is one measurement of how we can try to measure tourism, which as this story shows, is alive and well in Benton and Franklin Counties.

According to the Municipal Research and Services Center for Washington State, lodging taxes are charged to…

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT BEHIND BENCHMARKS -

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According data released by the United States Census Bureau in 2016, nearly one third of the adult population in the United States have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. This marks the first time that the number of people with a BA degree or higher have reached these heights. This indicator helps to paint a picture of the income earning capacity of a population groups by its educational attainment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) points out that it is important to know what field a degree is attained in to understand the link between the…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

CARL ADRIAN - PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TRI-CITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (TRIDEC)

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Q: TRIDEC has been at the center of economic development in the Tri Cities for over 50 years. Over time, your organization's priorities have undoubtedly shifted. Can you tell us what the TRIDEC's current ones are?
A: TRIDEC was formed in 1963 to encourage more activities (new missions, new research projects, etc.) at the Hanford Site. At the same time, the founders recognized that a healthy economy needed more than Hanford so economic diversification was equally important. Third the founders recognized that each of the cities in the Tri-Cities were economically dependent on each other, so the organization must impartially represent the region. Today TRIDEC's priorities and programs reflect these same founding principles. Economic diversification is a top priority. The Pacific…