The Hanford Communities local outreach efforts range from education and industry partnerships to community event participation. Member jurisdictions also participate nationally with elected officials from cities and counties located near other DOE Environmental Management cleanup sites on topics of common interest.
Cleanup progress over the next 20-30 years will shrink Hanford’s physical area and level of employment. The rigors of this transition underscore the need for an organization to coordinate the efforts of local governments impacted by Hanford. The Hanford Communities serves this need by bringing local governments together to take the future of their communities into their own hands.
Formed in early 1994, the Hanford Communities is an intergovernmental cooperative organization of Benton and Franklin Counties and the four cities that are home to nearly 100 percent of Hanford’s work force. By joining forces, independent Hanford Communities members can concentrate their efforts and provide unified advice and support to the Department of Energy on important transition issues.