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Pacific Power Announces Line And Underground Extension Cost Allowance Changes To Washington Rule 14

Beginning June 28, 2019, positive changes that include increased allowances and subsidies for line and underground extension projects went into effect for Washington Rule 14 – Line Extensions. Also included in the rule update is non-residential customers are now eligible for a 2-times Estimated Annual Revenue credit to offset electrical installation costs. Unused portions of…

250 Acres In Zillah Will Soon Be Ready For Commercial & Tourism Development

Roughly 250 acres in Zillah will soon be open to development. In July, the Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) Board approved a $1,000,000 (50% grant/50% loan) funding application that will support construction of the Vintage Valley Parkway extension from its current terminus to state route 22. After the SIED Board meeting, several Board Members…

Monica Caoile Hired As New Director Of Investor Relations, Looks Forward To Engaging With Businesses And Communities Throughout Yakima County

Monica will manage YCDA’s fundraising campaign and provide an avenue for consistent communication and feedback from YCDA investors and stakeholders. “This position is critical to ensuring that we have the resources necessary to fulfill our mission,” said David Cobia, YCDA President of the Board. “Our investors are the backbone of our organization, and we want…

Business Training Series Concludes With 16 Local Businesses Owners Celebrating Completion Of Intense Coursework

Sixteen local business owners graduated from the five-week comprehensive business training series in June.  Each of the training sessions dove deeper into the essentials of running and growing a successful business by continually setting goals, tracking accomplishments, and understanding their financials. Overall the graduates acknowledged the skills and confidence they have gained to understand their…

Group Tours New $35 M Cold Storage Facility In Port of Grandview

At 45 feet tall, Henningsen Cold Storages new $35 million warehouse in Grandview is easily visible from I-82. The 4.4 million cubic foot facility is located just off of the Stover Road exit with easy freeway access to move product in and out. A group of thirty-six business and community leaders toured the facility as…

YCDA Gains Insights on Hosting Site Visits at Department of Commerce Best Practices Meeting

Yakima County Development Association recently participated in the Department of Commerce’s Best Practices meeting, Spring Session, in Olympia. Newly appointed Director of Washington State Department of Commerce, Dr. Lisa Brown, visited and welcomed the group. Additional Department of Commerce representatives were on hand to discuss everything from budgets and reporting to legislative updates and opportunity…

Enterprise Challenge Winners Announced!

The 2019 Enterprise Challenge Business Plan Competition officially ended just a few minutes ago with an awards ceremony luncheon to celebrate the three prize winning businesses. The winners recognized at today’s ceremony were: 1st Place Winner – $10,000 – Taqueria La Palapa –A fresh, authentic, great tasting Mexican street food restaurant in a clean, family…

Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Employees shared at YCDA Luncheon

Speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. David DeLong was the keynote speaker at Yakima County Development Association’s Annual Meeting Luncheon. Dr. DeLong shared practical tips and strategies that Yakima Valley businesses could implement immediately to improve employee retention, recruitment, and engagement. “As an employer always on the lookout for skilled talent here in the valley we struggle…