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Zillah, Washington Poised for Significant Growth

Roughly 250 Acres in Zillah, Washington, sitting at the epicenter of wine country, will soon be open to mixed commercial and destination tourism development. The project will expand the city’s thriving commercial area along Interstate 82 with the construction of Vintage Valley Parkway, 11,000 linear feet of new roadway that will continue northwest through the…

Effective Communications, Conflict Management, and Effective Customer Service

October 24 – Effective Communications in the Workplace This  real world training will prepare you with strategies to communicate effectively in any situation at work. Using practical, hands-on activities you will learn techniques that help you be aware of your communication style, manage situations, find common ground and master image management. Cost is $150. Click…

SharedWork Program Can Help Your Business Retain Talent During Economic Downturn

Economic variations can affect business dramatically. Fortunately, business-friendly programs like SharedWork can help you retain talent during an economic downturn, in the face of increased competition, or higher supply costs. Not to be confused with job sharing when two (or more) workers share the duties of a full-time employee, SharedWork allows businesses to reduce a…

Over 450 Career Classes Offered in the Yakima Valley

A team of local educators is nearly finished compiling a searchable database of all the career-based classes offered at high schools across the Yakima Valley. The Career and Technical Education advisory board, which YCDA is a member of, took on the task of creating the list. One of the benefits of having all the career…

Upcoming Business Recruitment Prospecting Trip

In three weeks YCDA will be at a packaging trade show meeting with companies that are interested in Yakima and Central Washington. We are going as part of the Eastern Washington Economic Development Alliance, a partnership between YCDA, the Grant County Economic Development Council, the Adams County Development Council, and the Port of Pasco. This…

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…