June 13, 2018

Click here to visit the Yakima Valley Trends website for more data, trends, and demographic information. Tourism is often an important part of a community’s local economy, and since tourism goods and services are, by definition, purchased by people from outside the community, their spending represents new dollars injected into the local economy. The best…

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June 8, 2018

The Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) fund recently awarded a $251,686 grant and $251,686 loan to the Port of Sunnyside to construct a rail spur to support Crop Production Services (CPS) new fertilizer production plant. The company broke ground on their new 13,000 square foot facility in May. The new plant sits on 10…

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June 6, 2018

A brand new GIS platform to display available sites and buildings in Yakima County and assist in the site selection process has been launched on our website. The new system provides users with a more intuitive interface and improved integration with the website’s content management system. To help companies and agents evaluate potential siting decisions,…

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June 6, 2018

On May 22, new residents to the Yakima Valley gathered at Birchfield Manor to mingle with other newcomers and learn more about services and amenities available in the Yakima Valley. The event is held twice a year as part of YCDA’s talent retention and workforce development initiatives and has become a well received event that…

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May 11, 2018

More information about this trend and others can be found at www.yakimavalleytrends.ewu.edu/ Annual 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 proxy of total county economic activity, since consumption spending forms the largest part of any economy….

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May 10, 2018

A group of 22 attendees from 15 different local companies enjoyed a glimpse into the inner workings of Walmart’s 894,000 square foot state-of-the-art distribution center in Grandview. Several folks from the facility’s management team broke into small tour groups after an informative presentation. The facility services 125 stores in the northwest and employs over 600…

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March 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Enterprise Challenge business plan contest winners! Taking the top prize of $10,000 was Instar Naturals, LLC, a technology company combining nature and science to increase yield and honeybee activity in pollinated crops worldwide. Chris Nobbs of Instar Naturals, LLC said, “Instar Naturals is now prepared to do business after participating in…

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March 20, 2018

If you need more money to grow or start a small business, Be sure and attend this free event hosted by the SBA and the Washington Small Business Development Centers and learn how to improve your pitch! Small Business Pitch Practice When: Thursday, March 22 from 1-2:30 pm Where: Yakima Valley Chamber of Commerce For…

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February 24, 2018

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest.  These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 28 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at the Enterprise Trade Show on February…

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February 21, 2018

Yakima, WA: West Valley School District and Yakima County Development Association are seeking new manufacturing companies to participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Youth Apprenticeship Program for 2018. An invite-only business onboarding meeting will take place on March 6, 2018 to discuss how local manufacturers can select their apprentice, understand teen safety variances…

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