October 4, 2019

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…

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October 3, 2019

By Mary Burke Baker, Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates LLP, Washington DC The Census Bureau may make a liar out of all of us who have been saying that the Opportunity Zone designations are set in stone and won’t be changed short of a statutory revision to the OZ rules. Treasury officials are considering using…

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October 2, 2019

YCDA recently attended Pack Expo, one of the largest packaging industry trade shows in North America, We met with over 25 Pacific Northwest companies and made 20 new contacts with organizations that indicated interest in learning more about our region or had key connections to local industry clusters Yakima County is home to a large…

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September 11, 2019

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…

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September 9, 2019

YCDA joined the Port and City of Grandview, local leaders, and stakeholders on Monday, August 26, 2019 for a Groundbreaking Ceremony celebrating the construction of Chino Valley Truck Wash, an agricultural grade tank wash facility scheduled to be operational sometime in the fall of 2019. The event was held at the Port of Grandview’s Puterbaugh…

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September 9, 2019

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…

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September 6, 2019

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…

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August 13, 2019

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…

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August 8, 2019

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…

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July 29, 2019

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…

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