The 2010 Regional Economic Outlook Forum met yesterday at the TRAC in Pasco to discuss the future of the Tri Cities in terms of its economic outlook. The keynote speaker, Brian Wesbury is very optimistic saying that the American economy will have a recovery this year. Wesbury, along with the other speakers, is very positive about the Tri Cities growth, he believes it will continue to expand as it is becoming less dependant on the Hanford economy. One service that is expanding is health care; Kadlec Medical Center, Kennewick General Hospital, and Lourdes Medical Center are all int eh process or completing new buildings which makes for more jobs in the medical field. The health care growth is due in part to the growing population of the Tri Cities as well as the influx of retirees in the area. The housing market is also doing well with sales up from 2,835 last year to 3,233 this year. The Tri Cities is doing well as an economy, some advise that the Tri Cities take care of the infrastructure and invest in the education and transportation to keep the prospects up in the long run.

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