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Council grants funding for New Vision

In hopes of boosting economic development even more in the Valley, the Sunnyside City Council Tuesday night approved a request for funding from New Vision.

Council found no problems with approving New Vision's $6,000 funding request for 2005.

New Vision President David McFadden was on hand Tuesday night to make his case for funding.

He said New Vision has been a mainstay in Yakima County for 20 years.

"I want to give you guys a report card," McFadden told Council.

McFadden concentrated his efforts on how New Vision has assisted Sunnyside in economic development.

In the past five years, he said New Vision had helped four companies in Sunnyside with expansion projects. Those companies include DRR Fruit, Yakima Chief, Can-Am Steel and Valley Processing. McFadden said the four companies put a $28.7 million investment into the community, resulting in 120 jobs.

McFadden, though, pointed out that New Vision doesn't work alone in economic development.

"Economic development is a team sport," said McFadden.

McFadden said New Vision has had good partnerships with the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (Sunnyside Inc.) and the city.

Through the county's Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) program, New Vision has also been able to help the Port of Sunnyside with its projects. McFadden said the port has been the most successful applicant for SIED funds, which are designed to be used to promote economic development in the county.

McFadden assured Council that he wants to continue to promote Sunnyside and the Lower Valley has a viable place to locate a business. McFadden also said that Sunnyside holds many advantages over other communities, as the city can issue businesses tax-exempt bonds.

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