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Grandview renews agreement with economic development group

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council unanimously approved to renew a five-year agreement with New Vision and the Yakima County Development Association (YCDA).

YCDA board member and Grandview Port District member Colleen Byam spoke in favor of renewing the contract with the organization.

"We've had quite a history with New Vision, and look where it's landed us," said Byam. "We're totally enmeshed with New Vision at this time. We couldn't have a better relationship."

She feels the partnership, which helped the town land the Wal-Mart distribution center and Columbia River Steel and Dion Trailer, is beneficial to the community.

Former President of YCDA and Grandview businessman Gary Christensen also spoke in favor of renewing the commitment. He said the past partnership has been fun and profitable to the community.

"What we're seeing is just a part of what we're going to see in the future," said Christensen.

Dave McFadden, president of New Vision, said the group has helped more than a dozen companies get established, bringing new jobs to the Yakima Valley. He added that 80 percent of the jobs brought to the Valley have been in the Lower Valley.

The Grandview councilmen approved the agreement. The city will pay YCDA $5,000 a year for five years for services.

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