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June 21, 2018

Aquatics, Arts, Convention Center: Why not?

Why don’t we have first-rate public facilities like a competitive convention center, performing arts center, an aquatic center; the things a community of 300,000 ought to have? We’re pretty young as cities go. Is that it? Or are the rivers in the way? Are we really just three little towns out in the desert all by themselves? Or do we need a different political structure to address these important earmarks of a successful community?

It seems obvious that something needs to change before the voters will be willing to invest their trust—and their money—in public facilities. Let’s plan to have a civil—but spirited—conversation on June 21 about how we can stop worrying about catching up with Yakima and Wenatchee and start taking our place as a respected competitor with Spokane and Boise


Martin Conger

Marty’s professional activities include serving as a Battelle representative on the Board of Directors for both NREL and INL, as past Executive Committee member and Chair of the Board for the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member for United Way of Benton Franklin Counties and prior President of the Board for Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.  Marty was named 2011 CFO of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal in the category of Large Non-Profit Organizations.

Mayor Matt Watkins
Elected to the Pasco City Council in 2004, and was elected as Mayor by the Council in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Washington State University and currently works as a software engineer for Lucas Engineering in Richland. His term on the City Council expires on December 31, 2019.
Matt graduated Kennewick High in 1986 and chose to make Pasco his home in 1995 in similar measure because of the diversity of the community, reasonably priced homes, and proximity to quality tacos.
Current Term - January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019

Kirk Williamson

Williamson has been active in the community since he and his wife, Gloria, moved to the Tri-Cities in 1975. His first major public facility campaign was a $7.5 million bond issue campaign to build a coliseum for Energy Fair ’83, which would have been a state-sponsored world-class fair. Williamson also co-chaired the successful Lampson Stadium bond issue campaign, and a failed attempt to have the voters pay for a new police station in Kennewick. He says he has learned from each one.

When: Thursday, June 21st, 2018 

Where: 11:30 a.m. Richland Shilo Inn


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