Those and other findings regarding PNNL's economic impact on the Evergreen State are the subject of a comprehensive analysis prepared by laboratory economists. It quantifies economic impacts such as PNNL's funding and total spending, jobs, wages, purchased goods and services, health care, visitor spending, spinoff companies, education support and corporate charitable contributions.
"The community has long recognized the economic impact of PNNL is significant. Seeing the impact actually quantified in this report should be a real eye-opener here locally and to the entire region", stated Carl Adrian, president and CEO of the Tri-City Development Council. "PNNL is really an economic engine for all of Washington and I hope business leaders and legislators from across the entire state recognize PNNL's impact in terms of spending, employment, in-state purchases and taxes paid."
PNNL is one of Washington's largest scientific research centres. Interdisciplinary teams at PNNL address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Seventy percent of its funding comes from DOE, while the rest is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other federal agencies and private industry. PNNL is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is managed and operated by Battelle for DOE's Office of Science. The laboratory is the largest employer in the Tri-Cities and one of the largest in eastern Washington.
Of PNNL's 4,344 staff, 94 percent reside in Washington, working mostly at PNNL's main campus in Richland, but also at its Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim and offices on Lake Union in Seattle. The laboratory's unique facilities attract thousands of visiting scientists each year, who, according to the report, also help fuel the local and state economy.
Data in the report in most cases are for fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) and in some cases calendar year 2013, which was the latest available data at the time the report was compiled. Highlights from the report include the following: