About BCEDC

Mission and Vision

We work to promote economic development in Benton City, by working with prospective clients seeking to locate their businesses in Benton City, and are able to provide invaluable insight and assistance to problems and issues that may arise when trying to relocate or start a new business.

The Benton City EDC has operated for the past 15 years with great success in creating business development in Benton City. We work closely with entities outside of Benton City to bring assistance to those entities and the end user that provides a level of satisfaction that meet the needs of both parties. We work very closely with the Port of Benton, the Port of Kennewick and Benton City to provide assistance for the development of new businesses located on the Port properties located in Benton City. We also work with companies and individuals to provide assistance in the private development sector.

Benton City EDC is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  We are governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership, and by representatives of our funding partners.


2016 Officers

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President, Larry Howell

Larry and his wife Jeannie have lived in Benton City for 38 years, and have pastored a non-denominational church in our community for 30 years. Larry and Jeannie have raised 6 sons, five of whom are still here raising their families. Larry retired from teaching middle school for the Kennewick School District after 25 years and for the past ten years he has been a substitute teacher in the Kiona-Benton City School District. Larry has served as a Commissioner for Benton County Fire Protection District No. 2 for the past 26 years and is also president of BCEDC. He believes Benton City is a great place to live and raise a family; our community is a close one where people really care about each other. 

Bea Baker

Vice President, John Haakenson

John Haakenson is the Director of Airports and Operations and has worked for the Port of Benton for thirteen years. He grew up in western Washington, where he worked on his family farm.John is responsible for the Prosser and Richland Airports and Port of Benton operations including many facilities and infrastructure. John is very active in the community and currently on the Board of Tri-Cites Food Bank, Washington Airport Management Association and Benton City Economic Development Community. He has two daughters and currently lives in south Kennewick.

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Secretary, Vanessa Coates

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Treasurer, Lorna Deckert

Lorna moved to Benton City 20 years ago. She has been active in the community since arriving here, first with the American Legion Auxiliary then volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Garden Club and the Spring Opener Car & Bike Show.Lorna worked for Kiona Irrigation District as secretary/ treasurer until retiring in 2014.Lorna was appointed to the City Council in 2003, she was elected to the position to begin the 2004 term and served for two terms, until retiring in 2011. Lorna enjoys gardening and maintains the Benton City Butterfly Garden at the corner of Babs Avenue and 2nd Street. She also enjoys china painting and is a member of the Washington World Organization of China Painters. Lorna is the 2014-2015 President of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Washington.


Partner Representatives

John Haakenson

Port of Benton, John D. Haakenson

John Haakenson is the Director of Airports and Operations and has worked for the Port of Benton for thirteen years. He grew up in western Washington, where he worked on his family farm.John is responsible for the Prosser and Richland Airports and Port of Benton operations including many facilities and infrastructure. John is very active in the community and currently on the Board of Tri-Cites Food Bank, Washington Airport Management Association and Benton City Economic Development Community. He has two daughters and currently lives in south Kennewick.

Coordinator

Randy Rutledge

TBD

Revitalization Committee

Linda Lehman

Chair, Linda Lehman

Linda’s goal is to put Benton City on the map and to attract tourists to our quaint little historic railroad town. Since the spring of 2014 she lead the Downtown Revitalization Design phase effort and lead and performed in the fundraiser project event entitled “Benton City Thinks We Can Dance” held in November, 2014. She is currently directing the efforts to utilize the money raised to accomplish four projects within the City. Those projects are: Improving the appearance of the warehouse; updating the Chamber of Commerce Building; creating shady alcoves within the City and acquiring benches for downtown seating. The benches are being considered for an art project.

Linda has a background in nuclear regulation and technical analyses, with a focus on hydrogeology. In this field she has had the opportunity to work with our own US government and states, as well as many foreign projects in the countries/regions of Sweden, Finland, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Russia, Austria, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Siberia. In addition to working at the Hanford Site, she has a vacation and apartment rental business called Wine Country Cottages and Apartments.

Linda has been in the Benton City area since 2001 and involved with the EDC since 2006. She enjoys dancing, traveling, conversation and tasting a bit of wine in one of our beautiful Benton City wineries. Linda is now also serving on the City Council as Mayor Pro Tem since elected in the fall of 2013.


Our Partners

City of Benton City

Benton County

Port of Benton

Port of Kennewick

Benton PUD

Benton REA

PMH Medical Center


Contact Us

Phone: 509-947-7332

Email:  bcedc@bentoncityedc.org

Our office is located at 513 9th Street, with the Benton City Chamber of Commerce.  Office hours are by appointment or by serendipity.  The Chamber office is open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Mailing address:

Benton City Economic Development Council
PO Box 1038
Benton City, WA 99320


Meeting Agendas

August 12, 2015

Reports

BCEDC Activity Reports
2016 Q1
2015 Q4
2015 Q3
2015 Q2
2015 Q1
2014 Q4
2014 Q3
2014 Q2
2014 Q1