Yakima County Development Association - Why Yakima Valley - Yakima County Development Association - Yakima, WA

alt textWelcome to the Yakima Valley.  We are a thriving region that works together to advance our communities in Central Washington.  Getting established in the Yakima region is easy and cost-effective whether you are relocating to the area, starting a business venture or scouting out locations for a Fortune 500 factory. 

The Yakima Valley's has a diversified economy with well-established presences in logistics and distribution, food processing, industrial machinery and supplies, business and professional services, the health and medical industries, and aerospace.

Bottom-Line Value

Companies in the Yakima Valley gain competitive advantage from productive employees and lower business costs: 

  • Yakima's workers are highly skilled and trainable.  Unionization rates and employee turnover are lower than average. 

  • With nearly 20,000 enrolled in the area's five regional colleges and universities - we also enjoy a talent pipeline for the future.  

  • An attractive tax structure includes no local business and operation, personal income, or other add-on taxes or impact fees.

People benefit from our relatively low cost of lving, amazing outdoor amenities and reputation for friendliness. 


Highly Accessible Central Location

The Yakima Valley's central location and excellent transportation options make it an attractive place to live and do business. Low commute times are the norm for residents.  It is also easy to visit bigger cities like Seattle and Portland while still getting home the same day. 

For business the Yakima Valley accesses all major transportation systems including an uncongested four-lane interstate freeway system, a rail link, and regional airport. 

It is an easy two hour drive from Seattle and only three hours from Spokane. Major Northwest population centers can be easily serviced within one shift. 


alt textTimely, Flexible, Customized Solutions

The Yakima Valley's best incentive is its welcoming, flexible, and rapid approach to helping people and businesses succeed.  Count on us to help.

Proven, time-tested partnerships have helped companies like Paragon Films, Wal-Mart's distribution facility, and Yakima Chief flourish and grow.  Businesses that invest in the Yakima Valley are recognized and well supported.

Similary people find it easy to get rooted in our communities.  Our Ambassador network ensures that you get the help you need whether its selecting a school for your kids or determining the route for a local wine tour. 



"Doing business with the city of Yakima...they make things very easy. " - Pat Shields, Co-President, Shields Bag & Printing