GREAT News for the Tri-Cities!

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I have never worked out at Hanford, nor has anyone in my family.  I have friends, though, who have spent most of their working lives at Hanford, or for a subcontractor of the Hanford site.  So, while I am certainly aware of its role as the lynch pin of our economic success here in the Tri-Cities, its impact still sometimes surprises me.

A new study brought it graphically home to me last week, though, when I learned that the Tri-Cities is ranked no. 1 in job growth in the nation!

You might be thinking, “So what, Cari, the recession is over.  Of course there’s been an increase.”  Here’s the exciting news – the increase in jobs is an increase measured from pre-recession levels!

In addition, we’ve seen an increase year over year (September ’09 through September ’10) and are the only market in the state of Washington to do so.

It’s due in large part to the federal stimulus money that goes to Hanford.  Over 3,000 full-time jobs have been created as a direct result of stimulus money. Other fields – health care, manufacturing and food processing apparently also saw growth, but not to the extent Hanford experienced.

Very cool!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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