December 6, 2018

For the second time this year local business owners and human resource managers gathered to learn the latest updates on two new Washington State labor laws; Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family & Medical Leave. Roshelle Pavlin, Strategic Human Resources Consultant for BBSI, dove into the details of how these programs work and what businesses…

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December 5, 2018

The Yakima County Development Association brought together businesses, investors and developers to learn about the new Federal Opportunity Zone tax incentive. Tax incentive experts Luke Pope and Matt Drinen traveled to the Yakima Valley from the St. Louis CliftonLarsonAllen office to present at the workshop. They provided a detailed outline of how the Opportunity Zones…

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December 5, 2018

The Yakima Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will host a seminar on pre-employment background screening and legality from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 401 East Yakima Avenue in Yakima. Washington’s new “Ban-the-Box” bill was signed into law as The Fair…

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October 31, 2018

On October 23, new residents to the Yakima Valley gathered at Single Hill Brewery in downtown Yakima to mingle with other newcomers and learn more about services and amenities available in the Yakima Valley. The reception, held twice a year as part of YCDA’s talent retention and workforce development initiatives, has become a well-received event…

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October 3, 2018

Yakima Valley College is launching a new program to help your employee develop the skills they need to collaborate with others in a modern global economy to direct the flow of goods, manage inventory, and apply supply chain best practices. This certification exposes students to the skills needed for quality design, implementation, and process improvement…

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September 10, 2018

Updated 11/6/18 Yakima County Development Association’s Investment Campaign, Choose Yakima Valley, which officially kicked off in July, has been met with an overwhelming positive response from investors throughout Yakima Valley communities. Over its 30-year history, YCDA has served over 100 businesses annually, created 5,570 new jobs at 150+ businesses, and facilitated $490 million in investments…

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September 7, 2018

Over 45 attendees and 11 businesses converged on YV-Tech in Yakima in late August’s Roundtable. The event featured Employment Security Department’s Commissioner Suzi Levine, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Bri Durham, and L&I’s WA Apprenticeship’s Rachel McAloon. The panel provided information on apprenticeships and its future in Yakima and WA State as a pipeline to…

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September 6, 2018

Yakima County Development Association (YCDA) is in Washington DC this week at an Opportunity Zones summit. The Opportunity Zone program was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is designed to provide tax incentives to investors who fund businesses in underserved communities. Investors are able to defer paying taxes on capital gains that…

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September 5, 2018

By Jonathan Smith, CEcD Executive Director Yakima County Development Association If you are a growing manufacturing company in Yakima County, your business may be eligible for a credit on its B&O tax. The tax incentive provides a $2,000 credit against the businesses B&O Tax for each new qualified employment position with annual wages and benefits…

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August 9, 2018

Over $3.8 billion in taxable retail sales occurred in Yakima County during 2017 – an all-time high for the County. (See historical retail sales trends in Yakima County here). Taxable retail sales represent one of the most important measures of the size and changes in a local economy. This measure often serves as a key…

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