Yakima, WA Brownfields Workshop
Sep 20, 2018

Yakima, WA Brownfields Workshop

I’m OK? Yes, they’re OK.

KFFM 107.3 radio complied some interesting alternative facts about Yakima, including:
Yakima is the backward spelling of how people felt. Amikay = “I’m OK”;
Yakima boasts sunshine 300 days a year only because the Earth tilts its axis away the other 65 days;
Yakima Valley produces about 75% of the nation’s hops used in beer – and also consumes 75% of the US beer supply;
Yakima has been crime-free since ’83. (They may have meant 1883)

Did you know that Yakima is the Palm Springs of Washington State?

Those vibes were clearly reflected during the brownfields workshop on September 18, 2018, with a welcome from California-exile, Ana Cortez, who enjoys her new position as Assistant City Manager within Yakima’s welcoming confines. An upbeat audience listened to experts (presentations listed below) and shared ideas for redeveloping infill and formerly agricultural sites throughout the central valley of Washington. This audience was very new to brownfields redevelopment yet were quick to grasp its role in revitalizing and bringing jobs and economic development. Many public agencies quickly connected to possible technical assistance and grants from the state and federal agencies. And they realize that partnerships and tools – some which the state lacks – are vital to keep Washington economically competitive.

CCLR is greatful to the City of Yakima for hosting the event, including a welcome address from Councilmember Carmen Mendez. This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, Alta S&E, and Maul Foster Alongi.

Presentations (click to see the materials)

Agenda

Brownfields Overview: Economics and Regulations
Michael Stringer | Maul Foster Alongi
Mary Monahan | WA Dept of Ecology
Augustus Winkes | Beveridge & Diamond
John Means | Alta S&E

Case Studies
Mackner Scales: John Sinclair | Kittitas County Fire
Wenatchee: Steve King | City of Wenatchee, WA
John Means | Alta S&E
Mary Monahan | WA Dept of Ecology
Michael Stringer | Maul Foster Alongi

Funding
Susan Morales | US EPA
Tina Hochwender | WA Dept of Commerce
Ali Furmall | WA Dept of Ecology

Risk Management / Legal

Other Funds
Ignacio Dayrit | CCLR
Jonathan Smith | Yakima County Development Association
Augustus Winkes | Beveridge & Diamond

Yakima will be OK if the interest and energy in the room is translated into brownfields redevelopment efforts. Good luck!

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