Yakima County Development Association - Tool Kit: Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers

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Tool Kit:  Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers

Tool Kit: Make it in Washington Initiative Helps Manufacturers

December 04, 2014

alt textHelp is on the way for manufacturers in Yakima County as a result of a $3 million dollar grant awarded under the federal Make it in America ChallengeThis initiative is designed to accelerate job creation and reshoring by helping rural Washington manufacturers and training local workers to meet the needs of these businesses. 

If you are a manufacturer in Yakima County you have an opportunity to build your business and improve your workforce at the same time.  Make it in Washington partners can:

  1. Advance staff productivity through funded online training;
  2. Boost profitability through strategic consulting activities (ex. lean manufacturing, etc.);
  3. Get supply chain assistance to grow export markets; and
  4. Go through assessments that provide companies a roadmap for higher profitability and success.

Impact Washington, Wasalt texthington State University (WSU), Shoreline and Highline Community College, and the state's Workforce Training Board are all dedicated Make it in Washington partners.  

One of the first initiatives to already roll out is from Washington State University's online Engineering and Technology Management program.  They are offering Make it in Washington (MiiW) scholarships for graduate and advanced undergraduate certificate training.  Courses range from manufacturing leadership to six sigma quality management to logistics and supply chain management.  If you are interested in these classes for your employees you probably need to contact WSU yesterday.  Response to this training has been off the charts and we believe classes may be full already.  The courses will also roll around next year so if you are interested please contact Joan Buteau right away at jbuteau@wsu.edu or 509-335-5379. 

If you are interested in the range of resources available through MiiW please contact our offices at jean@ycda.com.  You can also connect with Linda Adams at ladams@impactwashington.org or 206-629-5369.  The first step towards accessing MiiW resources is to set up an company assessment with one or their consultants.  This assessment provides a roadmap where assistance is needed and then maps to the resources available through MiiW.  We'll be getting Linda over to the Yakima Valley in January so stay posted for more details surrounding this exciting new initiative. 

Other resources for manufacturers:

Tax incentives -- Financing -- Exporting -- Hiring & Resume Banks -- Other TOOLKIT resources

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More Resources on our Website

Licensing and Permits

Real Estate & Permitting

Taxes and Reporting Requirements

- See more at: http://www.yakimavalley.biz/blog/tool-kit--office-for-regulatory-assistance-and-innovation#sthash.hvJqmLg9.dpuf

More Resources on our Website

Licensing and Permits

Real Estate & Permitting

Taxes and Reporting Requirements

- See more at: http://www.yakimavalley.biz/blog/tool-kit--office-for-regulatory-assistance-and-innovation#sthash.hvJqmLg9.dpuf

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