All posts by Kristi

Lori Mattson of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce | MyTri2030 (Episode 15)



This episode, I talked to Lori Mattson, President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. We talk about Tri-Cities and why she loves her job. One of the projects she’s most excited about is the new MyTri2030. So much progress happening in Tri-Cities because of the many people who believe in the fullness … Continue reading Lori Mattson of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce | MyTri2030 (Episode 15)


Zach Sansom and JD Loveless of Tri-Cities Alliance FC | Cheering for Tri-Cities – Our Semi-Professional Soccer Team (Episode 14)



Tri-Cities Alliance FC has fulfilled the long-time desire for a Tri-Cities soccer team. Alliance is Tri-Cities’ only semi-professional team that looks to bring our area together with one united team. They played their first game in May of 2017, and have since won two tournaments and came in second in a third. These accomplishments helped … Continue reading Zach Sansom and JD Loveless of Tri-Cities Alliance FC | Cheering for Tri-Cities – Our Semi-Professional Soccer Team (Episode 14)


Fireside Chat | Cheryl Broetje of Broetje Orchards | Come as Strangers. Leave as Friends. (Episode 13)



In this quarter’s live Fireside Chat, Cheryl Broetje of Broetje Orchards in Pasco talks about starting and running the Orchard, the challenges they’ve had, and the community they’ve created. Vanessa Cozza interviewed Cheryl Broetje. Vanessa is an English professor at WSU Tri-Cities and the chair of the Community Development Committee at Fuse, which puts on … Continue reading Fireside Chat | Cheryl Broetje of Broetje Orchards | Come as Strangers. Leave as Friends. (Episode 13)


News: Short Break While Podcast Booth Changes Buildings



I hope your 2018’s are starting strong. Ours is too, though we are going through slight growing pains as we do without a podcast booth for a little bit during some exciting changes. Tri-Citizens records out of Fuse, a coworking space in Richland, WA.  They are upgrading their digs and moving buildings. I finally made … Continue reading News: Short Break While Podcast Booth Changes Buildings


Fireside Chat | Steve Lee of Green2Go and Kennewick City Council | Increased Opportunities of Hard Work in a Small Pond (Episode 12)



In the latest of Fuse’s live Fireside Chats, Councilman Steve Lee describes the fun he’s had taking advantage of where hard work can get you as the big fish in a small pond. He talks about starting Green2Go, a recreational cannabis retailer, and the particular challenges of staying on the “light side” in this newly … Continue reading Fireside Chat | Steve Lee of Green2Go and Kennewick City Council | Increased Opportunities of Hard Work in a Small Pond (Episode 12)


Michelle Hansen of Relax, Girl! You Got This | Teen Girl Advocate, Writer, Speaker, and Coach (Episode 11)



Michelle Hansen has dedicated herself to helping teen girls know their worth and potential. She has written a book, Relax, Girl! You Got This | Your Guide to a Fun and Stress-Free High School Experience, to help introduce young girls to high school so they can make the most of their experience without letting stress … Continue reading Michelle Hansen of Relax, Girl! You Got This | Teen Girl Advocate, Writer, Speaker, and Coach (Episode 11)


Joey Armstrong of Thunderhand Tattoo | Tattoos, Jiu Jitsu, and the Good Will of Tri-Citizens (Episode 10)



Joey Armstrong moved from San Francisco to Tri-Cities. Back in San Francisco, he became a successful tattoo artist and has since opened up Thunderhand Tattoo in the Uptown in Richland. Joey is also a jiu jitsu black belt and teaches at Tri City Judo BJJ in Kennewick. We talk about how he came to do … Continue reading Joey Armstrong of Thunderhand Tattoo | Tattoos, Jiu Jitsu, and the Good Will of Tri-Citizens (Episode 10)


Ginger Caldwell of Tri-City Vibe | Tri-Cities’ Entertainment Connector (Episode 9)



Where can you go tonight for some live music? Ginger Caldwell has the answer.  Ginger is the owner of Tri-City Vibe, your source for live music, nightlife, food, drinks, and happy hours. In addition to marketing for local restaurants, wineries, and breweries, she also compiles a list of live music shows in the area and … Continue reading Ginger Caldwell of Tri-City Vibe | Tri-Cities’ Entertainment Connector (Episode 9)


Emily Estes-Cross with the City of Kennewick | Helping Keep Kennewick Moving Forward (Episode 8)



This month, I’m talking to Emily Estes-Cross.  She is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Kennewick.  Part of the job has her connect and work with the Historic Kennewick Downtown Partnership, which is where we met. She is a major driver there and in the city as a whole. And I am personally … Continue reading Emily Estes-Cross with the City of Kennewick | Helping Keep Kennewick Moving Forward (Episode 8)


Ramiro Alvarez of Northwestern Mutual | Leading and Educating for a Better Community (Episode 7)



I met Ramiro Alvarez when he led the class on how to give a pitch at this year’s Tri-Cities Launch program and blew us all away. Every time we talked since then, I come away motivated to do and be better. So, I’m excited to introduce you to him on the podcast.   Years ago, … Continue reading Ramiro Alvarez of Northwestern Mutual | Leading and Educating for a Better Community (Episode 7)