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Our Board of Directors recently discussed Yakima’s downtown plan and whether our association wants to formally endorse this new initiative. It was an excellent discussion and out of it we realized that there are at least four other Yakima Valley communities that are also pursuing or are well down the road on downtown revitalization projects. Grandview, Sunnyside, Union Gap and Selah have taken or are taking steps to boost their downtowns.
Our association ultimately decided to pass a blanket resolution that signals our support for vital downtowns. Yakima’s new plan and initiative is ambitious but as a countywide organization we also need to support all local downtown development efforts.
Our resolution (see below) ultimately recognizes that healthy downtowns have a big impact on our association’s abilities to advance and diversify our regional economy.
A RESOLUTION of the Board of Directors of the Yakima County Development Association in support of local downtown revitalization efforts and initiatives.
WHEREAS, Downtowns symbolize community economic health, quality of life, pride and community history which are important factors in industrial and professional recruitment.
WHEREAS, vital Downtowns help cities and the region retain and creates jobs, and bolster the local tax base;
WHEREAS, healthy downtowns improve the business and industrial environment of Yakima County;
WHEREAS, revitalized downtowns encourage diversification and the development of a strong economic base; and
WHEREAS, healthy Downtowns help protect property values in surrounding residential and commercial neighborhoods.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE YAKIMA COUNTY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, as follows:
The Board of Directors hereby supports Yakima’s and other Valley city’s efforts to revitalize and advance the health of downtowns throughout Yakima County.