YBA comments on Yelm Comp. Plan’s omissions

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a written document to the City of Yelm’s Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The letter stated in-part:

“We would like to note that there is nothing referenced in the Comprehensive Plan update about the city’s plans in developing local business and fostering economic growth in Yelm.”

“We would like to underscore these be considered priorities of planning, bench-marked by goals:
1. Creating revenue
2. Addressing city-required expenses of small, locally-owned “Mom and Pop” businesses that wish to open in Yelm.
Redrafting codes to be less restrictive in order to accommodate a business-friendly environment opportunity, as Yelm has been labeled non-business-friendly. (i.e. change regulations that make investing here cost prohibitive for most, and while not a “cash cow” in the beginning, is a building block to start a vibrant business community.
3. How can the business community help?
Finally, when citizen’s are becoming aware that they don’t shop local and take the time to voice such to the city council, this should be considered more than just a “thank you for your time” response. The fact that our citizens are not staying here to shop hurts us all, and when even our citizens recognize that they do not have the opportunities they need here in Yelm, the problem should be addressed.”

Click here to to read the entire YBA submitted letter.

YBA co-sponsors Nisqually Tribal Chair,
Farron McCloud in an Open To The Public Forum


Farron McCloud, Nisqually Tribal Chairman
Photo credit: Nisqually Indian Tribe

Triad Theater announces monthly on-stage interviews with “Whose Who in the Nisqually Watershed: mountain to sea.” Nisqually Tribal Chair, Farron McCloud, will be the first interviewee.

The Triad Theater is pleased to announce monthly on-stage interviews of “who’s who” in the Nisqually watershed: from mountain to sea, starting Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 pm.

Cameron Jayne, theater director, said she is pleased and excited to bring people with notable and interesting backgrounds to the theater to be interviewed with time at the end of each session for public Q and A. It is a huge opportunity for the community to learn about individuals in the Nisqually watershed who are making a difference in a variety of ways.

Steve Craig, Vice President of the Yelm Business Association (YBA) and Fulbright Scholar, will be conducting the interviews. Craig said he is modeling the interviews along the lines of Charlie Rose, who has for several years conducted interviews on PBS television. The format will be simple and relaxed, with interesting and gentle probing of interviewee’s involvement in the Yelm and greater Nisqually community.

Monthly interviews will be divided into a fall/winter series, followed by a summer/fall series. The first interview to kick things off is with Farron McCloud, Chair of the Nisqually Tribe. “It is most appropriate to begin with Mr. McCloud, since the Nisqually people were the first to make the Nisqually watershed their home,” Craig said. “And, there is so much happening with the Tribe these days, it is hard to keep up. It will be great to hear first hand about the many happenings.”

Others very interesting interviewees will be announced soon, and the public will not be disappointed, according to Theater director Jayne.

Initial sponsors of the interview sessions at the Triad Theater are the Yelm Business Association, Keystone Masonry and Olympia Federal Savings.

Questions may be directed to Steve Craig: (360) 790-7490.


– UPDATE: January 19, 2017
” Triad Theater to Host Monthly Interviews”
“‘Who’s Who’ Starts with Nisqually Indian Tribe Chairman Farron McCloud”
Read more on this in the Nisqually Valley News.