Why Choose the Yakima Valley?

When you choose Yakima County, you choose success. You choose shovel-ready sites, inexpensive utilities and a world class transportation infrastructure that ensures productivity and rapid response to market demands.


A strong workforce and welcoming communities.

You choose responsive technical schools and colleges and a well-trained, prepared workforce. You choose public and private leadership that encourages growth; people and organizations ready to help get your company up and running as inexpensively and quickly as possible.

quotes_leftquotes_rightThere’s tremendous untapped potential in Yakima; there’s also tremendous room for expansion – you’re not constrained with respect to land.

Robert Wallace, CEO, Wallace Properties

An ideal location with diverse industries.

You choose the heart of Washington State; a burgeoning mecca for both recreation and industry with over 300 days of sunshine every year. Yakima County is #1 for agricultural production in the Northwest and home to a network of thriving communities supported by industry clusters as diverse and productive as its towns and peoples. Our top business clusters include agribusiness and food processing, logistics and distribution, manufacturing, aerospace, and healthcare.

Who we are.

Best of all, when you choose Yakima County you choose savvy, friendly communities and people as vested in your business and your success as you are. The primary objectives of Choose Yakima include supporting and growing local business, attracting and facilitating the expansion of new industry to our region, and developing and retaining a well-trained, prepared workforce.

February 12, 2019
Enterprise Challenge Contestants Gear Up for Trade Show

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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January 8, 2019
The 2019 Enterprise Challenge Is Underway! 21 Local Start-Ups Begin Competition.

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, this year’s Enterprise Challenge business plan contest attracted 21 entrepreneurs competing for $17,500 to jump-start their business. These start-up ventures include companies from a variety of services and industries ranging from a cidery, custom woodworking, food delivery service, cafes, manufacturers, and even Lucha Libre professional wrestling!  Contestants…

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