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Stakeholder Engagement



Primary Feedback Mechanisms

PNNL and Battelle are viewed as economic, intellectual, and social assets to the Tri-Cities and other key communities in which we live and operate. PNNL is committed to implementing strategies that focus on cultivating relationships, diversity, and goodwill and enhancing our reputation as a vital neighbor and essential asset to the community. We do this through strong and enduring community engagement, philanthropy, and employee volunteerism.

Examples include:

  • PNNL subject matter experts participated in work sessions on grid modernization for both the Washington State House and Senate Energy committees.
  • PNNL briefed Washington State legislators from the Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs on projects related to military and first-responder preparedness.
  • PNNL provided leadership to the Tri-City Regional Chamber's community driven MyTRI 2030 Regional Visioning project. The project's purpose is to amplify the community's collective impact and shared purpose to transform the region and shape the Tri-Cities' future. MyTRI 2030 will be launched in 2019.
  • The Tri-City Diversity and Inclusion Community Leaders Group convened by Laboratory leadership last year continues to provide leadership and influence to create a more diverse and inclusive community and to generate awareness about the importance and value of diversity and inclusion. The group is driven by the collective belief that embracing diversity and inclusion enriches and unifies the community in which we live and work.
  • Discovery Hall, PNNL's new conference center, was opened and dedicated in April. The Hall hosted more than 51 meetings and 23 conferences/large events, bringing in over 2,250 people. The Northwest Regional Meeting for the American Chemical Society (NORM2018) brought 612 registrants from industry, academia, and national laboratories and had an economic impact on the Tri-Cities of over $200K.
  • Staff members participate in leadership positions on numerous community boards, including the Association of Washington Business, Washington Roundtable, Clean Tech Alliance, Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and many others.
  • Several staff members sit on the boards for local and state organizations dedicated to improving STEM education, including Heritage University, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin College, Washington State STEM Education Foundation (WSSEF), Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities Mathematics Engineering Science Advancement (MESA), University of Washington Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, and Washington STEM.
  • A presentation on "The Power Grid: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" was made as part of the Community Science & Technology Seminar Series. Community Affairs has focused on revitalizing the Seminar Series with an updated marketing campaign and started scheduling speakers for the FY19 season.

The frequency of these interactions varies by group but occurs several times throughout the year.

Key Topics and Concerns

No significant issues have been raised. Evidence of the positive relationships includes the following:

  • PNNL is providing technical assistance to the Pacific Science Center for a new Science on Wheels project highlighting Computer Science. The Science of Wheels will target Eastern Washington rural and disadvantaged school districts and is set to launch in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Governor Jay Inslee visited PNNL where he learned about the Lab's clean energy research that is focused on increasing the nation's clean energy supply and addressing climate challenges.
  • PNNL was one of seven DOE National Laboratories hosting a collegiate cyber defense competition. The competition provided the opportunity for college/university teams to test their cyber security skills in protecting and defending an industrial control system and its associated corporate network infrastructure. The PNNL teams competed for a regional award and for a national level award in a single simultaneous event across all seven laboratories (via the cloud). Staff from Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, and Representative Newhouse's offices attended the DOE Cyber Defense Competition.
  • The director of the DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, James Campos, visited PNNL to learn and understand our programs in STEM Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Work Based Learning, Strategic Partnerships, and Technology Deployment. The goal is to see more economic impact in the Pacific Northwest and have PNNL engaged in this effort.
  • Battelle was a sponsor at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) 2018 annual summit, elevating visibility among important regional stakeholders at the federal, state (WA/OR/AK/ID/MT), and local level with discussions on topics such as STEM and the Marine Sciences laboratory in Sequim. PNNL also hosted PNWER's Legislative Energy Horizon Institute (LEHI), with State legislators from around the US to learn about the energy industry, technology, and policy.
  • PNNL collaborated to elevate STEM Education through partnerships with WSU-Tri-Cities on the development of a Computer Science endorsement for teachers, Columbia Basin College (CBC) to develop curriculum and a degree program for Cyber Security, and the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to deliver a Teacher Scientist partnership program.
  • Battelle provided grants to Sequim School District, Pacific Science Center, and WSU-TC, impacting Computer Science teacher and student programs to teach and align with Washington's Computer Science and Next Generation Science Standards. Columbia Basin College received a grant to upgrade technology in the Engineering Technology CAD Computer lab.
  • Battelle is the main sponsor for the local Coats for Kid's campaign, which provides coats to local schools for children in need, with staff donating coats that are cleaned and distributed through local businesses involved in the program. Team Battelle volunteers deliver coats to local schools. On average, Battelle and the community donate 600-800 coats to children, who might go without a warm coat, at 24 local schools.

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