February 21, 2018

Yakima, WA: West Valley School District and Yakima County Development Association are seeking new manufacturing companies to participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Youth Apprenticeship Program for 2018. An invite-only business onboarding meeting will take place on March 6, 2018 to discuss how local manufacturers can select their apprentice, understand teen safety variances…

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February 21, 2018

Residual net migration, in a sense, is a measurement of the popularity and livability of an area. The elements of a community that make it “livable” include availability and type of jobs they offer; food and dining, recreation and leisure activities; housing affordability; public school systems; among others. These elements make a place desirable for…

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February 21, 2018

The Yakima County Development Association’s and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business plan competition, the Enterprise Challenge, is heating up! After completing extensive courses in business finance, marketing, technology and more, the contestants received individual coaching from community experts. Each then submitted a business pitch to judges who scored each enterprise and determined the…

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February 21, 2018

What began as a 315,000 square foot location with 150 employees over 30 years ago has now grown into a 788,000 square foot facility with close to 300 employees that is bursting at the seams. Ace Hardware opened the doors of its Distribution Center off of River Road in Yakima in January 1984. Only six…

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February 6, 2018

Youth Apprenticeships allow employers to save money on wages, develop a committed workforce, and customize their training needs. Apprentices have historically boosted a company’s productivity and retention rates through building a pipeline of talent and generating a positive return-on-investment. Join us at West Valley High School on March 6 where you will learn about the…

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February 6, 2018

Now that our new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Advisor Sarah Truglio has been in her position for a month we decided it was time to sit down with her and ask a few questions about how she’s adjusting and give everyone a chance to get to know her better. What exactly do you…

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January 25, 2018

Yakima County Development Association promoted doing business in the Yakima Valley at the Northwest Food & Beverage World this January in Portland.   YCDA participated in the event as part of the Eastern Washington Economic Development Alliance, meeting with over a dozen local companies as well as making new company contacts with organizations that may…

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December 14, 2017

Keeping with their goal to further enhance Sunnyside’s economic base, the Port of Sunnyside Commissioners approved the sale of 1.2 acres of Golob Landing property this past Wednesday, December 6, 2017, according to Executive Director, Jay Hester. “I’m very excited with the planned development which is the newest at Golob Landing since YV Tech in…

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December 6, 2017

Yakima County Development Association is pleased to announce that Sarah Truglio has been hired as the regions new Business Advisor. Sarah will provide customized one-on one business advising, training, and marketing intelligence to companies, entrepreneurs, and startups throughout the Yakima Valley. The business advisor position is the result of a partnership between Yakima County Development…

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December 6, 2017

What do the Boise Cascade Mill site and Speedway site in Yakima, a hop field in Moxee, a former cattle feed lot in the lower valley, and the old Carnation Milk Processing plant in Sunnyside all have in common? They are all prime sites for redevelopment to support future business growth. But how do you…

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