Home values are rising and employment is low, but sometimes it's hard to tell if the Tri-Cities economy is as good as everyone says. After all, the hills don't flow with milk and honey or anything. Well, two agencies reported 2015 records that PROVE things are going really well.

The first is the airport.

According to the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, 2015 was the busiest year EVER with six percent more people traveling than the year before. The airport is a means of reaching Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Denver and San Francisco for nearly one million people. More flights means more economic confidence from both business and leisure travelers.

The second is the power plant.

The Columbia Generating Station pumping out nuclear power for the Mid Columbia produced more electricity in December than any month previously in 31 years! Energy consumption is a typical measure of economic activity.

Maegan Murray