It’s the morning after the Tri-Cities first Startup Weekend. I’m still on the high you feel when an event has been completed successfully: that mix of complete exhaustion and elation. But the most present feeling is gratitude. I’m so thankful and grateful that I have an opportunity to live and work in the Tri-Cities. The community that is present here is what makes this place so special. I think I took the community-centric nature of the Tri-Cities for granted.
It was incredibly eye-opening to hear our Startup Weekend facilitator, who graciously came down from Spokane to help us out, express amazement at the scope of the creative, tech, entrepreneur, coworking and social communities within the Tri-Cities. Startup Weekend for many serves as a catalyst to help create and foster a local community that could only ever hope to develop into something close to what the Tri-Cities already offers. I think we have an opportunity to help support our Eastern Washington neighbor develop through our community-building success. The Tri-Cities is a leader in community-building on many fronts, and it is due to the efforts of many engaged, passionate, and visionary people within the community (thank you!).
Therefore, if we already have a vibrant community, why did we organize a Startup Weekend? There were many reasons for this event, and the personal reasons probably will vary depending on who you ask. But I’ll share my perspective of why I worked my tail off to help ensure its success Sept. 20-22: our Tri-Cities does not realize how awesome the community here is. We are a community of smart, creative, passionate and game-changing people. Things and ideas happening here in the Tri-Cities reach beyond the scope of government work or nuclear fields. Not only does the Tri-Cities not have a true perception of itself, Tri-Citizens who should be engaged in the facets of the community that fit their creative, passionate, game-changing selves don’t all know about the resources available to them. Startup Weekend serves as a catalyst to help identify people who should be active in sub-communities within the Tri-Cities. Who have been seeking interactions such as coworking, collaboration and engagement in a community that inspires and empowers people to pursue their entrepreneurial startup dreams.
The Tri-Cities is special. We are a unique place. And because of our uniqueness, we had a uniquely Tri-Cities Startup Weekend. Support, encouragement, belief in abilities, commitment, connectedness, and clarification of ideas came out of our Startup Weekend. People who weren’t fully sure now believe in themselves. New friendships were made. Pitch nights were revived and more great community-building things are yet to come. I am so grateful for community.
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