Is a Port District a Good Idea for Yakima?
The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce will hold a program on March 13th on the potential of a port district for the City of Yakima.
Sunnyside has one, Grandview does too. In fact there are more than 70 port districts in Washington State with a good number of them far from navigable waterways which you might associate with a port.
The Washington Ports website explains port districts as entities "governed by an elected commission, independent of other local jurisdictions....Port commissions establish long-term strategies for a port district, and create policies to guide the development, growth, and operation of the port.... A port district’s primary goal is economic development for its community, with the end result of job creation. And not just jobs, but jobs that pay a family wage and encourage growth throughout the port’s district. Port districts are able to finance the long-term investments needed for such growth with four different sources of revenue: taxes, service fees, bonds, and grants or gifts."
The Chamber program starts at noon at the Yakima Valley museum and will explore just What is a Port District, What does it take to create one, What will it cost and more.
Wednesday, March 15, 2019 at the museum.
March 13th - Yakima Valley Museum
Program starts at 12 PM
What is a Port District?
What does it take to create one?
What will it cost?
Come and learn more about what a port district would mean for Yakima.
Future Chamber Members $32