YBA presented balance of funds to Experience Olympia & Beyond Tourism Group


Shauna Stewart of Experience Olympia and Beyond receives check from YBA Treasurer Bill Hashim.
Photo credit: Sarah Moore, Experience Olympia and Beyond



– Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) donated balance of funds to Experience Olympia and Beyond
On December 5, 2017, the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board of Directors officially announced they voted to dissolve the organization. Quoting the YBA Media Release, “While there was broad community support for the work of the YBA, the challenges of getting members to join the board or volunteer on the various committees has brought a halt to the YBA Strategic Plan and other programs.”

“The YBA Board of Directors has voted to disseminate the balance of funds to Experience Olympia and Beyond, specifically earmarked towards promoting tourism in Yelm.” The YBA Board’s intent with their donation was to benefit Yelm the most and felt Experience Olympia & Beyond was best in attracting outsiders here, with their mission to improve the local economies and communities of Thurston County through tourism promotion.

The YBA Executive Board comprised of Executive Director Dan Crowe, President Cynthia Schmier, Treasurer Bill Hashim and Secretary Steve Klein presented to Experience Olympia & Beyond executives CEO Shauna Stuart, Marketing and Communications Director Moira Davin, and Marketing Coordinator Sarah Moore at RE/MAX Country offices in Yelm on January 22, 2017.


YBA Secretary Steve Klein noted to everyone present that YBA board members knew they made the best choice, especially after later hearing about accomplishments and various awards Experience Olympia & Beyond received. Recently they contributed to Olympia being named one of the Top 29 Best Small Cities in National Geographic, designated Most Caffeinated and Greenest. They won a Silver Davey for their website, an international award recognizing small agencies for their creative and unique work.

Experience Olympia & Beyond CEO Shauna Stewart added she was thrilled when she heard the news of the $1,086 being sent from the YBA. With the funds, her team will create content to be promoted relating to Yelm, i.e. day and night trip packages to places in and around Yelm, which would include local attractions such as the Deschutes Falls Park. They will post entries on their various social media sites, including a dedicated Yelm page, about things to do and see in Yelm. Additional plans for the funds include promoting Yelm’s various summer events including UFO Fest, Jazz Fest and Prairie Days.


– This story was also featured in the Nisqually Valley News.
“Defunct Yelm Business Association Donates Funds”
“Remaining Balance of $1,086 to Go to Experience Olympia and Beyond”
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Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) officially dissolves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board of Directors:

YELM: The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board of Directors announced today they have voted to dissolve the organization. While there was broad community support for the work of the YBA, the challenges of getting members to join the board or volunteer on the various committees has brought a halt to the YBA Strategic Plan and other programs. Other South Sound business associations also had challenges in maintaining continuity after their founding, yet restarted when their community’s business interests matured. One such example is the Olympia Downtown Assn., which has grown and become quite active in their influencing city’s policies.

YBA Board President Cynthia Schmier said this:
“While I am saddened the YBA Board is taking steps to dissolve, all of our members who volunteered have been enriched in working with a broad cross-section of our business community and in bringing forth new ideas that will be a lasting legacy. This organization began in early 2013 with a conversation of local business owners and grew into bringing about changes in how our local government views and interacts with the business community. We thank the many community leaders, business owners, and residents who joined with us in initiating changes in our city’s interactions with Yelm’s economic contributors.”

We are proud of these fine accomplishments:
2015

– First Town Hall Public Forum held in Yelm in over 12 years, March 10, 2015,
– Championed transparency from Mayor Harding and his city hall staff,
– Requested a Yelm hotel/motel tax committee to disseminate funds,
– Beautification Committee Draft Report released and published in newspaper,
– YBA and The Triad Arts Theater co-sponsored the first community arts/crafts show, Dec. 12, 2015.

2016
– ONLY organization that responded to the City of Yelm’s Comprehensive Plan updates.
– Submitted a Food Trucks regulations proposal to the Yelm council allowing food trucks to operate here with clear, written standards.
– Presented to council a proposal naming the Community Center for the Wolf Family, who served Yelm with distinction for over 8 decades. A community discussion ensued.
– YBA Board representative at the City Administrator candidates Round 1 Interview panel.
– Invited Yelm businesses to join in first annual Winter Lights decorations.
– YBA Board of Directors invited Interim Mayor Foster and City Administrator Grayum to meet.

2017
– Co-sponsored Farron McCloud, Nisqually Tribal Chairman to a Yelm Public Forum,
– Proposed the establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission to the city council,
– Proposed the Yelm Water Tower be restored and submitted to the Washington Historical Register for consideration,
– Co-hosted Yelm’s first annual Jazz Fest,
– The Yelm city council adopted Food Truck regulations first proposed by the YBA.
– Invited Yelm businesses to join YBA’s co-sponsored 2nd annual Winter Lights decor.

In closing, the YBA Board of Directors has voted to disseminate the balance of funds to Experience Olympia and Beyond, specifically earmarked towards promoting tourism in Yelm. We have enjoyed being the catalyst in moving the community forward in discussions, awareness and changes on a wide variety of issues for the betterment of Yelm’s businesses and will remain actively involved in our city.

Sincerely,

YBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Crowe, Executive Director, Founding & Executive Board Member, Crowe Law
Cynthia Schmier, President, Founding & Executive Board Member, Re/Max Country
Steve Craig, Vice-President, Founding & Executive Board Member, Yelm property investor
Bill Hashim, Treasurer, Executive Board Member, Citizens Action Committee
Steve Klein, Secretary, Founding & Executive Board Member, Yelm Blogger
Marian Lixcandru, Pizzeria LaGitana, owner
Kellie Petersen, Gordon’s Garden Center, owner
Scott Bradley, Military/JBLM Liaison

YBA & Chamber’s 2017 Yelm Winter Lights Program




– From the Yelm Business Assn. Board of Directors
“Yelm Business Association, Chamber sponsor 2nd Winter Lights Program”

The Yelm Business Association and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating again in 2017 for the second annual Yelm Winter Lights Program.

After a very successful and acknowledged 2016 Yelm Winter Lights Program, a joint statement follows from the 2017 the Yelm Business Association and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Yelm Business Association and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce encourage all businesses to dress their business for the holidays in white lights to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, and to come together as a welcoming committee to all those who visit our fine city and its businesses.

The following was sent to Yelm business owners:
“We would like to share one of our aspirations/visions for the Yelm business community and our community at large.

“Picture a community of cohesiveness and beauty that invites and rewards those traveling to/through the city of Yelm. A sight that, whether passing through Yelm on their way to another location or arriving here as their destination, will inspire visitors to stay just a little bit longer and remark to their friends how beautiful the city of Yelm has become. Reward them with something that makes them smile, the joyful smile being the reward.

“What could inspire such adulation? It is simple. We all do it in one way or another. But what if we did it as a team, with a theme? We are suggesting that Yelm business owners follow a simple theme using white lights for their winter decorating; white lights to frame your windows and in the trees in your store fronts.

“Why white lights? Simple elegance. Festive yet non-defining — so they can stay up through the long winter months (dare we say March?). Imagine the pleasure and surprise experienced if from the moment a visitor drives into town they can see the entire city mile lit up simply by white lights. Imagine people looking left then right to see the lovely display, taking notice not only of the beauty but of each business itself, possibly seeing a business for the first time by doing so.

“Small towns do it all the time and become known for their common themes. Large cities do it on certain streets and it lights up the dark winter nights with joy.

“Please consider joining us in this vision and goal to bring more people to Yelm. Help them enjoy even just passing through so that the next time, maybe they will stop to patronize some of our businesses. Our goal is to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, to come together as a welcoming committee to all of those who visit our fine city and its businesses.

“Thank you for your consideration. Your participation will make the difference.”

Cynthia Schmeir, Bill Hashim, Kellie Peterson, Steve Klein and Marian Licxandru, Yelm Business Association Board of Directors.


– “Yelm Business Association, Chamber Kick Off Winter Lights Program”
Column in the Nov. 2nd Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA co-hosted Jazz Fest featured in local newspaper

– “Festival Jazzes Up Downtown Yelm”
“More Than 400 People Turned out for Yelm’s First Jazz Festival”

“Yelm City Park was the place to be Saturday afternoon as six jazz groups took the stage and over 400 people filled the park for Yelm’s first-ever Jazz Festival.”

“The sponsors included the Yelm Business Association, JZ Knight, the Triad Theater, Olympia Federal Savings, Gordon’s Garden Center, Prairie Park, Key Bank and REMAX/Country [The Yelm Business Assn. was a co-host, the Yelm Community Blog was also a sponsor],” by Andrew Kollar, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA co-hosted Jazz festival is NVN Editor’s “Best Bet”
ThurstonTalk: “Jazz in the Park Concert Debuts in Yelm”


Photo credit: Pizzeria LaGitana, Yelm

– “Nisqually Valley Happenings for the Week of Aug. 6”
“Editor’s Best Bet: Yelm Jazz Festival, 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

“Yelm’s first-ever Jazz Festival is 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Yelm City Park with live music all day, food vendors and a beer garden. Bring a chair or a blanket.

“The Choro Group starts off the day, followed by Red and Ruby at 4 p.m., Jessica Blinn at 5:15, Anjali at 6:30 and The Hot Club of Space at 7:45. The event is free (read next week’s Nisqually Valley News for a feature on the various musicians).

“‘The Jazz Festival is an idea long overdue,’ said Yelm Mayor JW Foster. ‘We are pleased to partner with local businesses to bring this kind of family entertainment to our city. Yelm is a wonderful place to visit and we’re happy to share what we have with others, while creating entertainment opportunities for our own residents at the same time. It’s going to be an enjoyable evening — a perfect way to end a summer day on the prairie,'” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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– “Jazz in the Park Concert Debuts in Yelm”
“Get those picnic blankets ready, Yelm.”
“On August 5, Yelm City Park will host the first ever Jazz in the Park event from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. featuring local musicians, a beer and wine garden, and food options ranging from bring-your-own picnic baskets to food trucks.”

The Yelm Business Association got involved and sponsors began to line up,” quoiting Heidi Smith, ThurstonTalk.
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– Yelm’s First Jazz Fest co-hosted by YBA, Pizzeria LaGitana, and the City of Yelm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, August 5 at 2:45PM – 9PM
Yelm City Park

YBA co-hosts Yelm’s 1st Jazz Festival, Aug. 5th


Photo credit: Pizzeria LaGitana, Yelm

Yelm’s First Jazz Fest co-hosted by YBA, Pizzeria LaGitana, and the City of Yelm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, August 5 at 2:45PM – 9PM
Yelm City Park

The Schedule:
2:45-3:45pm — The Choro Group
4-5pm — Red & Ruby
5:15-6:15pm — Jessica Blinn
6:30-7:30pm — Anjali
7:45-8:45pm — The Hot Club of Space
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– “First-Ever ‘Jazz in the Park’ Blasts Into Yelm”
“Event Is Hosted by Yelm Business Association and La Gatina Pizzeria”
By Andrew Kollar, Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: August 3, 2017
“Jazzed for Jazz”
“Free Festival In Yelm City Park Features Five Bands Saturday”

“La Gitana and the Yelm Business Association are hosting the family-friendly event with full endorsement from the city. La Gitana owner Marian Licxandru, who owns restaurants in Yelm and Olympia, has pulled in sponsors from local businesses to help fund and publicize what is expected to become a popular, annual experience. Standing Wave entertainment will provide the sound system,” by Cindy Teixeira, Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: August 4, 2017
“Fun things to do in Thurston County this week”
Saturday, August 5
Jazz at Yelm City Park

Yelm is hosting its first Jazz in the Park from 2:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Bring friends and family, picnic baskets and blankets, or try food vendors on site and enjoy an evening of jazz. There will be a beer and wine garden on site. Admission is free. Go to tinyurl.com/Yelm-jazz for more information.
Read more from The Olympian.

YBA proposal to restore Yelm’s water tower receives Washington Heritage Register consideration


Yelm water tower engineer’s original sketch
Courtesy: Steve Craig



* Yelm’s water tower up for nomination to the Washington Heritage Register.
* The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation considers if an official historic landmark.
* Review to be held June 27, Coulee Dam City Hall, Grant County, WA.



– The Yelm Water Tower Historic Preservation Project was initiated by the YBA Board
Yelm’s water tower now in first step towards Historic Landmark designation.
Yelm’s water tower will be eligible for state funding of renovations if approved to be added to the list of Washington’s Historic Landmarks.

The Yelm Water Tower Historic Preservation Project was initiated by the Board of the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA), who concluded a separate non-profit entity was necessary to move forward. YBA Vice President Steve Craig resigned from the organization to pursue and form an exploratory committee of local leaders to accomplish this task, which the YBA endorses and supports.

Craig began the process of obtaining 501(c)3 non-profit status to accept public donations and be in a position to utilize additional fundraising opportunities by forming an exploratory committee under the name “Save the Yelm Water Tower.” Members of this group have met twice, which is comprised of Craig, Barrie Wilcox, Margaret Clapp, Beverly Vines-Haines, EJ Curry, Tim Larsen and Steve Klein.

YBA President Cynthia Schmier said this, “Congratulations to Steve Craig and the Save the Yelm Water Tower Committee. The YBA Board acknowledges the committee for their efforts and achievement in the preservation of a Yelm treasure.”


– Update: June 22, 2017
“‘Tin Man’ Up for Historic Landmark Designation”
“Yelm Water Tower’s Nomination Goes Before State Advisory Council”
By Andrew Kollar, Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: June 29, 2017
“The ‘Tin Man’ gets landmark status”
Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) referenced in story.
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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YBA member Pizzeria LaGitana joins Oly Fed in benefit – Last day of School June 21




Yelm Pizza Party
Wed Jun 21 2017 at 11:30 am
Pizzeria La Gitana Of Yelm, 309 Yelm Ave East, Yelm

Please join us and finish off the last day of school with pizza at La Gitana in Yelm.
For every pizza purchased, Oly Fed will donate $10 to Yelm Dollars for Scholars and Pizzeria LaGitana will donate $5 (via Gift Certs). Dine in or take out.
#PizzaSoNiceItGivesTwice #Here4YouHere4Good
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– “Oly Fed and Pizzeria La Gitana Host Cash Splash to Support Yelm Dollars for Scholars”
By Heidi Smith, ThurstonTalk.
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YBA-initiated Food Truck Regs. adopted by Yelm


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to
the Yelm city council dovetailing with the YBA Food Truck proposal.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.



* YBA President Cynthia Schmier commends everyone involved in seeing this proposal to fruition for Yelm.
“On behalf of the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA), I wish to recognize the hard work of Yelm’s Community Development Dept., the Yelm Planning Commission, Yelm City Administrator Graham, the Yelm Planning Commission, and the Yelm City Council in developing Yelm’s Food Truck regulations. Now, this city has consistent regulations offering Food Truck owner/operators a concise understanding of what is required of them to come and serve Yelm customers. Food Trucks have become a popular asset for communities to drawing visitors. The YBA also acknowledges the contributions of Washington Food Truck Assn. Executive Director Lori Johnson.”


– Yelm City Council adopts YBA-initiated Food Truck Regulations
The Yelm City Council adopted Ordinance 1022 updating the Unified Development Code (UDC) this evening, implementing new and updated policies of the Comprehensive Plan with the following amendment:
Section 16 shall be re-titled “A new section of the Unified Development Code shall be established at Chapter 18.71 YMC entitled Mobile Food Vending.”

Councilor DePinto commented to the Council this is, “making Yelm a little more business-friendly for the Food Trucks.”


– After a 9 month vetting process, Yelm finally has clear Food Truck Regs.
The YBA drafted Food Truck regulations and submitted for consideration as a proposal to the Yelm City Council on September 13, 2016 by then-Executive Director Dan Crowe. These regulations were designed to offer Food Truck vendors clear regulations on operating in Yelm. The city conducted the first city-issues Town Hall public forum in 12 years to include public comment on this proposal.
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The YBA Food Truck proposal for Yelm was recognized and supported by the Washington Food Truck Assn. (WFTA).
Read more


– Yelm City Council passes YBA suggestion
Additionally, the Yelm City Council passed a regulation allowing new water and sewer hook-up fees to be paid on a stepped/graduated basis, rather than payment all at once. This is much, much easier for new businesses to open in Yelm. This was a suggestion proposed by the YBA, though not formally proposed.

Mayor’s Economic Summit June 15




– From the city’s release: “Mayor to convene Economic Summit”
“Mayor JW Foster today [May 24] announced that the City of Yelm will host a an economic summit with Yelm’s business community at the Yelm Community Center on Thursday, June 15th from 2 PM to 4 PM. The forum will focus on understanding the needs of new and existing businesses in order to review City processes and reduce barriers for continued economic growth.
In March, Mayor Foster launched an initiative to review all aspects of City government to position Yelm to offer a world class business environment.
The three goals of the initiative are to retain existing businesses, make sure small businesses can grow, and to attract new businesses to serve the needs of the greater Yelm community.
The effort will be lead by the Department of Community & Economic Development (formerly the Community Development Department) and will include:
* Create an Economic Development Strategy, of which the Town Hall Forum is an initial step.

* Develop a Downtown Corridor Plan to identify ways to balance the needs of commuters traveling to and through Yelm and the needs of a vibrant downtown business area.

* A lean review of the development permitting system to ensure a streamlined and efficient process, in partnership with the Thurston Economic Development Council.

* The creation of a business development team of stakeholders to serve as a resource to connect the business community with the City.
Partner with the Thurston Economic Development Council to provide small business training classes for new and existing business owners at the Yelm Community Center.

“It is exciting to be able to unleash the passion for community and creativity of our employees and hopefully show the world what can be done when the citizens, business owners, and the City work together” said Mayor Foster.
As the business initiatives move forward, updates on the pieces and parts can be found at the City’s website www.yelmwa.gov and on facebook @CityofYelmWA.”


Yelm Chamber again joins YBA in 2017 for Winter Lights campaign


Credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce e-mailer

After a very successful and acknowledged 2016 Yelm Winter Lights Program,
a joint statement follows from the 2017 the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) and the Yelm Chamber
:
The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) and the Yelm Chamber of Commerce encourage all businesses to dress their business for the holidays in white lights to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, and to come together as a welcoming committee to all those who visit our fine city and its businesses.

– The 2016 letter sent to Yelm business owners:
Dear Yelm Business Owner,

We would like to share one of our aspirations/visions for the Yelm business community and our community at large: Picture a community of cohesiveness and beauty that invites and rewards those traveling to/through the City of Yelm. A sight that, whether passing through Yelm on their way to another location or arriving here as their destination, will inspire visitors to stay just a little bit longer and remark to their friends how beautiful the city of Yelm has become. Reward them with something that makes them smile, the joyful smile being the reward.

What could inspire such adulation? It is simple. We all do it in one way or another. But what if we did it as a team…with a theme? We are suggesting that Yelm business owners follow a simple theme using white lights for their winter decorating: white lights to frame your windows and in the trees in your store fronts.

Why white lights? Simple elegance. Festive yet non-defining – so they can stay up through the long winter months (dare we say March?) Imagine the pleasure and surprise experienced if from the moment a visitor drives into town they can see the entire city mile lit up simply by white lights. Imagine people looking left then right to see the lovely display, taking notice not only of the beauty but of each business itself, possibly seeing a business for the first time by doing so.

Small towns do it all the time and become known for their common themes. Large cities do it on certain streets and it lights up the dark winter nights with joy.

Please consider joining us in this vision and goal to bring more people to Yelm, help them enjoy even just passing through so that the next time, maybe they will stop to patronize some of our businesses. Our goal is to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, to come together as a welcoming committee to all of those who visit our fine city and its businesses.

Thank you for your consideration. Your participation will make the difference. We look forward to “seeing” you!

Sincerely,

Yelm Business Assn. Board of Directors


– UPDATE: June 15, 2017
“YBA, Yelm Chamber Bringing Back Winter Lights”
“The Yelm Business Association and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating again in 2017 for the second annual Yelm Winter Lights Program.

‘The Yelm Business Association and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce encourage all businesses to dress their business for the holidays in white lights to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, and to come together as a welcoming committee to all those who visit our fine city and its businesses,’ stated a news release,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA co-sponsors “Who’s Who” Thursday –
Claudia Simpson-Jones

Thursday, April 6, 7pm at The Triad
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC




Host and Interviewer Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust.


Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

YBA co-sponsors Yelm Summer Jazz Fest

* Yelm’s First Jazz Fest co-hosted by Pizzeria LaGitana, YBA, City of Yelm.


– “Yelm to Host First Jazz Fest”
“The city of Yelm will host its first jazz festival in August. Further details will be determined in the coming months.

Yelm Mayor JW Foster made the announcement Tuesday [March 14] during the state of the city address at the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon forum.

He said the goal was to promote the city and bring people into the area,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA’s Schmier on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee


YBA President Cynthia Schmier
Photo credit: The Cynthia Schmier Team, RE/MAX Country



– YBA President Cynthia Scmhier was officially appointed to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
by the Yelm City Council, according to the conditions set forth in the following Staff report:

To: Yelm City Council
From: Michael Grayum, City Administrator
Date: March 10, 2017, (for the March 14, 2017 Council meeting)
Subj: Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Member Recommendations

Background
In 2015, the Yelm City Council adopted ordinance No. 993 establishing the formation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). RCW 67.28.1817 requires the appointment of a minimum of five members to the Committee. Two members must be from the hotel industry which collects the lodging tax, two members must be from agencies who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenues received from the tax, and one member is to be an elected official of the municipality who will also serve as chair of the committee.
At the March 7, 2017 City Council study session, Mayor Foster shared that he was resurrecting the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) to support local businesses, bring the community together and use dedicated funds to promote tourism in ways to put “heads in
beds” in local hotel rooms. (Currently, there is $213,000 in the fund. The city receives an average of $15,000-$20,000 per year.) The City Administrator briefed the Council on next steps, which include:
1. LTAC Committee members confirmed;
2. LTAC Committee meets to identify funding criteria, schedule, application materials, Final Report form, and other supporting documents;
3. The application process is publicly advertised;
4. LTAC Committee reconvenes to review applications and make recommendations
to the City Council for distribution of lodging tax funds;
5. City Council approves distribution of lodging tax funds;
6. Applicants complete and submit a Final Report form to the City.

Recommendation
Recommend approval – Confirming of Mayor Foster’s appointments of:
* Margaret Clapp (Owner, Prairie Park Hotel)
* Denise Hibbeln (Manager, Prairie Park Properties)
* Line Critchfield (Executive Director, Yelm Chamber of Commerce)
* Cynthia Schmier (President, Yelm Business Assoc.)
* Noah Crocker (Finance Director, City of Yelm)
* JW Foster (Mayor, City of Yelm and LTAC Committee Chair)
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– “Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Formed”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA Prez on Community Center naming decision


YBA President Cynthia Schmier
Photo credit: The Cynthia Schmier Team, RE/MAX Country



– YBA responds to council decision on Community Center naming proposal
“The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board first presented the idea of the Yelm Community Center naming to the city council in June 2015.
We felt this would be a commendable way to recognize the contributions of the Wolf Family for over 80 years to the fabric of life in Yelm.
While there are other Yelm citizens, families, and Nisqually Tribe residents equally deserving of consideration, we are elated our request was properly vetted. This issue brought important information to Yelm citizens that the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC) has an ordinance and procedures to name city buildings, and specifically that the public is to be a part of that process. We are elated our friends and neighbors had the opportunity to respond with their views on naming the Yelm Community Center, over a year and a half after being presented to the council. The YBA Board thanks the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) for presenting our proposal to their readers on several occasions.”

Cynthia Schmier, President
Yelm Business Assn. (YBA)
www.YelmBusiness.org


– “Council Elects to Keep Community Center Name”
“Yelm Business Association Proposal to Name It After the Wolf Family Denied”

“The Yelm City Council voted 6-1 to not name the Yelm Community Center after the Wolf family. The building will continue to be called the Yelm Community Center.

Councilor Joe DePinto cast the dissenting vote”

Prior to the YBA proposing the name change the city lacked a clear process on how to proceed, Community Development Director Grant Beck said. City code is on the books to name public buildings, but in the past it only gave the authority to the council to do so; it did not say which process had to be followed.

‘We developed the policy and then implemented that policy,’ Beck said.

The newly created policy requires the proposal be reviewed by the community economic development committee, chairs of the parks advisory commission and the historic commission. Public notices must be sent out and the public must have the opportunity to comment. They will make a recommendation to staff and then staff makes a recommendation to the council who has the final say.

‘We now have a process in place if the question comes up again,’ Yelm Mayor JW Foster said,” quoting Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA proposal to restore historic water tower


Yelm water tower engineer’s sketch
Courtesy: Steve Craig



– “Council Ponders Historic Options for Water Tower”
“Yelm’s ‘Space Needle’ If Restored Could Light Up the Night Sky”

“The Yelm City Council discussed for the first time on Tuesday the possibility of adding the Yelm water tower to the Washington list of landmarks and historic sites.

‘It is a great idea,’ Mayor JW Foster said. ‘Many people have great affection for the water tower.’

The proposal started with the Yelm Business Association, YBA Vice President Steve Craig said. If it is added to the register a neutral nonprofit group would be formed to apply for grants to restore and maintain the tower,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA proposal naming Community Center for Wolf Family – Public comments close March 10, 5pm

YBA’s 2015 proposal to name the Community Center for the Wolf Family
City of Yelm accepting public comment through Friday, March 10th at 5pm.


Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce



City of Yelm Public Notice:
The Yelm City Council would like your feedback before it takes action on a proposal to name the new community center at 301 2nd Street “the Wolf Family Community Center”. The Yelm Business Association has made the proposal to honor the Wolfe family [first presented to the city council in June 2015], a long time local family with a tradition of service to the community. Before deciding on the proposal, the City Council would like the community’s feedback on the proposed name and any alternatives that should be considered. You may submit your comments on the proposal by emailing webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the comment form at www.ci.yelm.wa.us, or through the City’s Facebook page @CityofYelmWA.
Location: 301 2nd Street.
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– Local Briefs in the Nisqually Valley News
Yelm Looking for Public Input on Naming Community Center

The Yelm City Council is accepting public comment about naming the Yelm Community Center.

The Yelm Business Association proposed naming the community center after the Wolf family, because of their long history of benefiting the Yelm community.

Comments can be sent to webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the form on the city’s website at ci.yelm.wa.us or through the city’s facebook page @CityofYelmWA, Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 1:57 pm in the Nisqually Valley News.
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Four YBA initiatives on council’s study agenda

– Four YBA initiatives are on the Yelm City Council’s Study Session Agenda March 7th:
* Food Trucks regulations proposal,
* Water Tower on Historical Registers,
* Yelm Arts Commission,
* Yelm Hotel/Motel Tax dissimulation to promote local tourism.
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– YBA Mission Statement is all about advocacy to city
“Our mission is to interact directly with the City of Yelm’s government in order to better our community.”
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Yelm Comp. Plan update includes YBA proposal

– “City of Yelm Updates 20-Year Growth Plan”
“The Yelm City Council adopted a revised version of the city comprehensive plan that lays out goals for the city and plans on how to accommodate growth, which is required under the Growth Management Act.”

“The plan is also the base of policy changes for the city, Beck said, the first round of which includes regulations concerning food trucks. Food trucks were allowed before the Yelm Business Association proposed an ordinance last summer, Beck said. The proposal clarified the regulations making it easier for food trucks to operate,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” with Randy King –
Tuesday, March 14, 7pm at The Triad




Host and Interviewer Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust.


Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.


– UPDATE: March 9, 2017
“Who’s Who Features Mount Rainier Superintendent”
From the Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: March 16, 2017
“Rainier Superintendent Joins Who’s Who Discussion”
“Randy King Talks Past, Present and Future of Our Volcanic Neighbor”
From the Nisqually Valley News.
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2nd “Who’s Who” hosted Comm. Gary Edwards –
YBA co-sponsored this dynamic interview


Mayor JW Foster, Thurston Commissioner Gary Edwards,
Interviewer/Host Steve Craig, YBA Vice President
Photo courtesy: City of Yelm Government Facebook



– Second monthly interview series of “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” occurred February 16, 2017
“Last night [February 16, 2017] at The Triad Theater our County Commissioner and former Thurston County-Sheriff, Gary Edwards, was the featured guest for “Who’s Who in The Nisqually Watershed.” He answered questions ranging from pocket gophers to septic tanks, moonshine to law enforcement. Then Yelm’s new Mayor, JW Foster, was invited to highlight the work they are doing together to strengthen economic growth and development. These community forums are FREE, fun, open to the public, and feature a new guest each month. Learn more at: https://www.thetriadartstheater.com/,” quoting City of Yelm Government on Facebook.
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– About Host and Interviewer Steve Craig
Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust. Craoig also owns the historic Wolf Building, home to Yelm’s Triad Theater.


Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

YBA proposes Arts commission to Mayor and Council

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a proposal to establish an Arts Commission at the city council meeting Feb. 14, 2017. The document read in-part:

Dear City Council Members and Mayor Foster:
The Yelm Business Association presents the enclosed draft ordinance language relative to establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission. The purpose of the proposed arts commission, as defined in the draft ordinance is as follows:
As a matter of public policy, the city of Yelm recognizes that support for artists and arts organizations, development and stewardship of public art, arts education, and cultural development are public necessities and essential for the continuing growth and development of Yelm’s citizens, economy and quality of life. The primary duty of Yelm’s arts commission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the city by serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of public art and culture, as provided in this chapter.
As you know, our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm, and we sincerely believe that the city council shares in that desire. Proposing ordinance language such as this falls well within that purpose. We look forward to your consideration of this proposed ordinance, and we certainly are available to meet with the council at any time to discuss it.

Read more of the proposal.

– UPDATE: February 16, 2017
“YBA Proposes Art Commission Creation”
“Goal to Help Business by Supporting Art”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA adds Food Truck specifics to Comp. Plan Hearing


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted further comments to Yelm City Hall officials Feb. 14, 2017 about their Food Truck Regs. proposal, to be included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. The YBA Food Truck Regs. proposal was the subject of the first Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm in over 12 years (Nov. 4, 2016). This update was completed with the assistance of Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association. Councilor Joe DePinto publicly apologized to YBA President Schmier and acknowledged that council had not discussed this proposal in the 5+ months since first presented, directing City Administrator Michael Grayum to add the YBA Food Trucks regs. proposal to the council’s study session agenda.
Click here

Also included were these reports beneficial in developing food truck regulations, supplied by the WFTA:
* 7 Myths and Realities About Food Trucks
Click here for the pdf.

* New National League of Cities Report Highlights Mobile Vending Best Practices
Click here for the pdf.


– From Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association
“As the small business industry of mobile food continues to grow in popularity here in Washington, it only makes sense for local governments to make the necessary changes to accommodate this issue.

Many cities are welcoming these innovative businesses by writing simple regulations meant only to protect public health and safety. It is not the role of government, to create protectionist barriers for some business, and not allowing for economic liberty to all.”
Read more

“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” with Gary Edwards –
Thursday, February 16, 7pm at The Triad


Thurston Commissioner Gary Edwards
Photo courtesy: Thurston County



– “Everything starts with a conversation,” quoting host Steve Craig.
The second in the series of monthly interviews of “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” hosted by Steve Craig will occur Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7pm, at The Triad Theater in Yelm. Craig’s guest will be Yelm-area resident and newly elected Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards. This sesison is open to the public, who will have an opportunity to ask the Commissioner questions.

Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust. Edwards and his family have longtime roots in our community all the way back to the 1800’s when the Edward’s family were homesteaders in the area. He has had a remarkable career of public service that continues in his new position.

Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

YBA’s 2015 proposal now up for public comment –
Community Center naming for Wolf Family


Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce


The City of Yelm published a Public Notice in the city’s newspaper of record, the Nisqually Valley News in last Friday’s edition.

City of Yelm Public Notice:
The Yelm City Council would like your feedback before it takes action on a proposal to name the new community center at 301 2nd Street “the Wolf Family Community Center”. The Yelm Business Association has made the proposal to honor the Wolfe family [first presented to the city council in June 2015], a long time local family with a tradition of service to the community. Before deciding on the proposal, the City Council would like the community’s feedback on the proposed name and any alternatives that should be considered. You may submit your comments on the proposal by emailing webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the comment form at www.ci.yelm.wa.us, or through the City’s Facebook page @CityofYelmWA.
Location: 301 2nd Street.
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– Local Briefs
Yelm Looking for Public Input on Naming Community Center

The Yelm City Council is accepting public comment about naming the Yelm Community Center.

The Yelm Business Association proposed naming the community center after the Wolf family, because of their long history of benefiting the Yelm community.

Comments can be sent to webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the form on the city’s website at ci.yelm.wa.us or through the city’s facebook page @CityofYelmWA, Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 1:57 pm in the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA’s Steve Craig on 1st “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” interview with Farron McCloud, Nisqually tribal chairman


Nisqually tribal chairman Farron McCloud, Steve Craig
Photo courtesy: Nisqually Indian Tribe



YBA Board Vice-President Steve Craig interviewed Nisqually tribal chairman Farron McCloud on January 26th, as the first guest of the YBA co-sponsored monthly “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” interview.


– “Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed: Mountain to Sea”
“I had the distinct honor of interviewing Nisqually Tribal Chairman Farron McCloud last week on stage at Yelm’s Triad Arts Theater.

The interview, open to the public, was the first in a series of 2017 winter/spring and summer/fall monthly interviews titled, “Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed: Mountain to Sea.”

The purpose of the Who’s Who interviews is to provide the community an opportunity to learn more in-depth about notable and interesting people who live in our midst, and there are many.

So, it was with this intention that Farron McCloud agreed to be the first to be interviewed, realizing the Nisqually Tribal People were the first inhabitants here. It is not known exactly when they arrived, but it was hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.

Chairman McCloud’s tribal and very personal accounts of tribal life were interesting for me to hear. The many trials and tribulations that started with the Nisquallies being forced off their land to live on a small designated area called “reservation,” and how their great Chief Leschi was hanged for resisting. Indeed, until recent times, the Tribe suffered many hardships, including not having electricity on the reservation until the 1960s, carrying water from the river, and relying on outhouses during that time.”
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Click here for the review of the event in the Nisqually Valley News.

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.

YBA announces 2016 accomplishments

– The YBA motto for 2016:
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
– Jack Welch


– Winter
* The YBA supported the Yelm Community Schools Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy and their New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond, February 4, 2016. The Levy passed, the bond did not. The YBA’s position was that properly funded schools produce high quality employees, future business leaders, and attract families to Yelm. Click here  
* The YBA Board approves new Board member Marian Licxandru, owner of Pizzeria LaGitana, February 10, 2016. Marian replaced Molly Carmody who resigned pursuant to YBA bylaws when she was elected to public office as a Yelm City Councilor.
* The YBA adopts a months-in-the-making Strategic Plan, incorporating action items from suggestions submitted from public Town Halls, February 24, 2016.

– Spring
* The YBA was the ONLY organization that responded to the City of Yelm’s Comprehensive Plan updates during the public comment period, which closed March 1, 2016. This plan has the potential to have a serious and lasting effect on the way we do business here in Yelm, and it was critical that our voice be heard. This comment also resulted in YBA President, Cynthia Schmier opening a dialogue with City Hall about strategic planning and the importance of supporting the local business community. Click here
* The YBA Executive Board attended the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Forum hosting Mayor Harding’s State of the City Address, sitting together in unity at the same table, March 8, 2016. In addition, The YBA Board met with the then newly-hired Chamber Executive Director Victoria Wortburg to discuss a mutually beneficial working relationship and a brainstorming of ideas.
* The YBA Board voted to expand the Board and interviewed two prospective new Board members, March 9, 2016.
* The YBA comments submitted to the city on the Yelm Comprehensive Plan were published in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN), March 11, 2016. Click here
* The YBA approved new Board member Kellie Petersen, owner of Gordon’s Garden Center, March 23, 2016.

– Summer
* The YBA redesigned website went public in Summer 2016. Click here
* The YBA introduced a Twitter page featuring the latest YBA news. Click here
* The YBA rounded-out their social media platform with a Facebook page. Click here
* YBA rep. on the City Admin. candidates Round 1 Interview panel, September 8, 2016. Click here
* The Yelm Business Association and The Triad Arts Theater co-hosted the first annual Summer Arts and Crafts show the weekend of September 10th, garnering Nisqually Valley News (NVN) coverage. Click here
* YBA Executive Director Dan Crowe submitted a proposal to the Yelm city council on September 13, 2016, to consider their proposal to allow Food Trucks to operate in Yelm. The city will conduct the first city-issues Town Hall public forum in 12 years to include public comment on this proposal. Click here

– Autumn
YBA Exec Dir. Dan Crowe and his wife Molly Carmody were lauded in the Nisqually Valley News, September 22, for their purchase and restoration of the Masonic Bldg. Click here
* The YBA Board approved Jayne Cameron, owner of The Triad Theater, to the YBA Board, October 11, 2016.
* YBA President Cynthia Schmier presented a proposal October 25, 2016, to name the Community Center for the Wolf Family, who served Yelm with distinction for over 8 decades. Click here
* YBA’s Food Truck proposal was recognized and supported by the Washington Food Truck Assn. Click here
* YBA’s Food Truck Proposal Gets Town Hall airing, November 4, 2016. Click here
* YBA invited Yelm businesses to join Winter Lights decorations, November 4, 2016. Click here
* YBA Board appoints Scott Bradley, November 9, 2016, bringing depth of military experience to Yelm’s business community. Click here
* YBA members win Best of Nisqually honors, November 10, 2016. Click here
* YBA rep. on the City Admin. candidates Round 2 Interview panel, November 16, 2016. Click here
* YBA submits revised Food Truck Regs. Proposal, November 18, 2016. Click here
* 2 YBA businesses KING-5 TV’s Best of Western WA finalists, November 19, 2016. Click here
* Yelm Chamber joins YBA Winter Lights campaign, November 22, 2016. Click here
* Mayor Foster accepts YBA Board invitation to meet, December 14, 2016. Click here


– YBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Crowe, Executive Director, Founding & Executive Board Member, Crowe Law
Cynthia Schmier, President, Founding & Executive Board Member, Re/Max Country
Steve Craig, Vice-President, Founding & Executive Board Member, Yelm property investor
Bill Hashim, Treasurer, Executive Board Member, Citizens Action Committee
Steve Klein, Secretary, Founding & Executive Board Member, Yelm Blogger
Marian Lixcandru, Pizzeria LaGitana, owner
Jayne Cameron, The Triad Theater, owner
Kellie Petersen, Gordon’s Garden Center, owner
Scott Bradley, Military/JBLM Liaison

Mayor Foster accepts YBA Board invitation to meet


Interim Mayor JW Foster
Photo credit: City of Yelm

Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) President Cynthia Schmier extended an invitation to Interim Mayor JW Foster to meet with the YBA Board for a discussion on mutual items of interest for Yelm’s business community. Mr. Foster accepted and met with the YBA Board on December 14th, where a robust conversation occurred, leading potentially to new doors opening in working together on bringing change for the Yelm area.

The YBA Board created a forum between businesses and the City’s Mayor, demonstrated who and what we are, and shared experiences of locally-owned businesses in their challenges with some on the Yelm City Council and in the City Hall administration. Mr. Foster said in the meeting there were advantages in favoring large franchised corporate stores here over locally-owned businesses, primarily due to their tax revenue generation, which left more questions than answers. Foster shared with the Board the news that the City of Yelm had received a $100,000 grant for a corridor transportation study of the downtown Yelm core for 1st Street and Yelm Avenues. The YBA Board remains hopeful that the YBA has demonstrated to Mr. Foster our willingness to work together in the future, while developing a place for open, honest dialogue between our businesses and the City’s elected officials and administrators.

Yelm Chamber joins YBA Winter Lights campaign


Credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce e-mailer

– From the Yelm Chamber’s e-mailer to their members December 1st:
“The Yelm Business Assn. and the Yelm Chamber of Commerce encourage all businesses to dress their business for the holidays in white lights to both beautify and promote commerce in Yelm, to show our community spirit, and to come together as a welcoming committee to all those who visit our fine city and its businesses.”

2 YBA businesses Best of Western WA finalists!

Out of all of the fine businesses throughout Western Washington, 2 Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) members were finalists in the KING 5 Best of Western Washington Evening contest.

– JZ Rose, Best Antiques #5 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Shopping, scroll down to Antiques.

– Yelm Community Blog, Best Blogger #5 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Online and Social Media, scroll down to Blogger.


– These other area business were also finalists:
– Don Juan’s Mexican Kitchen, Tenino, Best Mexican Restaurant #5 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Easts, scroll down Mexican.

– Simply Organic, Best Healthy Eats #5 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Eats, scroll down to Healthy.

– Stewart’s Meat Market, Best Butcher #2 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Specialty Food & Drink, scroll down to Butcher.

– Wine Cellar of Yelm, Best Wine Shop #5 finalist
Click here to vote, then click Specialty Food & Drink, scroll down to Wine Shop.


Congratulations to our local businesses and their patrons!

YBA submits revised Food Truck Regs. Proposal


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a revision to Yelm City Hall officials of their landmark Food Truck Regs. Proposal, which was the subject of the first Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm in over 12 years (Nov. 4, 2016). This update was completed with the assistance of Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association.
Click here

Also included were these reports beneficial in developing food truck regulations, supplied by the WFTA:
* 7 Myths and Realities About Food Trucks
Click here for the pdf.

* New National League of Cities Report Highlights Mobile Vending Best Practices
Click here for the pdf.


– From Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association
“As the small business industry of mobile food continues to grow in popularity here in Washington, it only makes sense for local governments to make the necessary changes to accommodate this issue.

Many cities are welcoming these innovative businesses by writing simple regulations meant only to protect public health and safety. It is not the role of government, to create protectionist barriers for some business, and not allowing for economic liberty to all.”
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YBA Board unanimously appoints Scott Bradley as a Director – Brings depth of military experience to Yelm’s business community


Scott Bradley
Photo credit: Scott Bradley, Red Cross

– The YBA Board of Directors proudly announces the appointment of Staff Sergeant (Retired) Scott Bradley to the Board.
Bradley is two-time Yelm city council candidate and will be the YBA Board liaison for military affairs. Staff Sergeant (SSG) Bradley has a wealth of experience that he brings to the table, especially his military experience and awareness to support the approximate 40% of Yelm’s population associated with our armed forces.


– Here is a write-up of Bradley’s talents in his own words:
[Staff Sergeant (SSG)] Scott Bradley is a retired US Army combat engineer with 21 years of service. The last seven years of his military career were dedicated to Improvised Explosive Device retrieval and defeat with Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Agency (JIEDDO). Scott received a Master’s Degree in Education with a major in curriculum and instruction and a minor in social studies from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Equipped with both experience and education Scott is currently working to open Pathfinders, an outdoor school [based in Yelm] aimed to provide students of all ages basic outdoor skills including primitive tool making, fire building, blacksmithing, survival, and others imperative in reconnecting with the Earth and human spirit. Scott believes that Pathfinders will fill the fundamental gap within the educational curriculum by integrating hands on project based learning with material taught in the classroom. The program will offer summer camps, home-school workshops, and opportunities for adult learners. Students will learn skills not taught in a classroom and will develop a sense of confidence, critical thinking and best of all empowerment within their environment.


We welcome Scott to our Board and look forward to his vision and contributions to the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA).


Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board of Directors
Dan Crowe, Executive Director, Founding Board Member
Cynthia Schmier, President, Founding Board Member
Steve Craig, Vice-President, Founding Board Member
Steve Klein, Secretary, Founding Board Member
Bill Hashim, Treasurer, Citizen Action Committee Ad Hoc Member
Scott Bradley, Military/JBLM Liaison
Marian Lixcandru
Jayne Cameron
Kellie Petersen

Yelm Chamber supports YBA Winter Lights project


Credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce e-mailer

– From the Yelm Chamber’s e-mailer to their members November 14:
Winter Lights in Yelm

Dear Chamber Members,

The Yelm Business Association asked us to help spread the word for a movement they are creating for the winter season. We think this is a great way to come together as a business community. We are attaching their letter and encourage you to participate this season.
Yours in Business,
The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Click here for the Winter Lights in Yelm letter.


– UPDATE: November 23, 2016
“YBA Encourages Businesses to Light Up Yelm”
“The Yelm Businesses Association, with the support of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging area businesses to light up their storefronts,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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City Admin. candidates Round 2 Interviews November 16 – Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) rep. on the interview committee

* Yelm Business Association (YBA) asked to send community rep. for the interview panel
* The YBA Board chose Yelm Blogger Steve Klein to serve on the panel
* Klein is a YBA founding Board member and Board Secretary
* Klein served on the previous city admin. selection panel in September



– “Yelm to Interview City Admin. Candidates”
“Potential City Hall Leaders Hail from Texas, California and Tacoma”

“The city of Yelm once again has received three candidates to fill the open city administrator post from the executive search firm Prothman, which the city hired in May.

The candidates will be interviewed by a panel made up of city council members, city staff and members of the community on Wednesday, Nov. 16. A meet and greet, open to the public, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. then the panels will discuss their thoughts on the candidates. Mayor JW Foster will make a decision on who to offer the position to for council approval before the end of the year,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA Newsletter – Executive Director Dan Crowe on 2016 Accomplishments

– The 2016 YBA end-of-year Newsletter sent to members:

* THE YBA HAS BEEN WORKING ON YOUR BEHALF
This last year has been a busy one. One of the main foci for the board was to put all of the information that we had gathered from 2015 into a workable form. Information is only valuable when it leads to action. In the course of several meetings, the Yelm Business Association (YBA) Board developed a strategic plan to more efficiently tackle those issues most important to the Yelm business community. During the first two YBA-conducted Town Hall meetings, we heard loud and clear those problems that both the Yelm businesses and Yelm’s citizens face with the city.

Using those problem statements as a starting point, the YBA began to brainstorm solutions on those problems about which we thought we could contribute. The YBA Work Plan for 2016 was a start, but we have a long way to go.

To begin, we decided to pick an action item that we could use as a test case. We heard during the YBA Town Halls that people and businesses would like “food trucks”. Currently, there are no city guidelines on permitting food trucks within the city limits. Although not of preeminence to business owners, we decided to make this issue a priority on our 2016 Work Plan to-do list, because this would give us an opportunity to learn how to work with the City of Yelm in proposing an ordinance within the Yelm codes and follow-through to adoption. While the process of amending a resolution is, on its face, a simple one, the practicality of enacting and changing an ordinance can be much more complex. In response to complaints about the City’s focus on big box store development, city leaders stated repeatedly they support all businesses wishing to come here and cannot pick and choose what kind of businesses are allowed. It stands to reason, then, that the City would not want to eliminate an entire category of businesses with food trucks. The result to-date has been that the city will have the first issues- oriented Yelm Town Hall to garner public input in 12 years.

These lessons learned with food trucks will help us as we start to implement more actions from our 2016 Work Plan, and should assist us to continue to work on developing a positive relationship with the City as we move forward with some of the more complex issues that businesses face.


* YBA LEADERSHIP AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
Your YBA Board of Directors meets twice monthly in a commitment to bring a fresh awareness to the potentials and opportunities inherent in such a diverse community as Yelm.

Executive Board:
Executive Director Dan Crowe has been reviewing ordinances and looking for places where changes can be made. He is also the YBA’s lead public relations interface in the community. He and his wife Molly Carmody have been privileged to purchase and restore the Masonic Grange into the Crowe Law office building, providing Yelm with a Historic Landmark that combines the history of the past with a modern business, committed to Yelm’s future.

President Cynthia Schmier is on the Food Truck and Christmas Decorations Committee and provided her Re/Max Country business as the site for the co-sponsored Summer Art Show. Cynthia has almost 3 decades as a leader in Yelm’s real estate market which has provided her with an insight that made her the unanimous choice to be selected as YBA President.

Vice-President Steve Craig has been tireless in his work on the Beautification committee,
and crafted two art shows; plus, he has brought several ideas on which he is working to make Yelm a “destination” instead of a “drive-though” community. Steve is retired from a career in state government, a member of the Nisqually Land Trust Board, and owner of Yelm’s National Historic Wolf Building.

Treasurer Bill Hashim is the YBA’s Ad Hoc member working on our citizen’s advisory committee. He has brought his wealth of experience from state government in developing and implementing the YBA Strategic Plan. Bill has an astounding love for Yelm and has raised three children here, each of whom have become stand-outs in their fields of endeavor. His perspective has been of great benefit to the YBA.

Secretary Steve Klein takes all of the YBA Minutes and keeps them archived. He has worked to redesign the YelmBusiness.org website, created the YBA Twitter news feed, and shared his business acumen and experience with the board. Steve published a weekly Newsletter in Yelm from 2001-2011 inclusive and has written local, daily Blog news stories for almost 11 years. Steve’s vision on local issues has been a valauable asset to the YBA.

Additional Board members:
Kellie Petersen joined our board in early 2016 and immediately contributed her many talents to the Food Truck and Christmas Decorations Committees, bringing her unique understanding to these important projects, as owner of Gordon’s Garden Center.

Marian Licxandru is also new to the YBA board in 2016, which utilized his marketing talents as owner of Yelm’s & Olympia’s Pizzeria La Gitana, his strengths in social media, and his youthful passion of new ideas to bring visitors to Yelm.

Jayne Cameron is our newest Board member and rounds-out the YBA board’s talents, as she brings her legendary experience from the arts world and in Las Vegas, as owner of Yelm’s Triad Theater. Jayne’s insights of Community Theater being an asset to draw visitors to Yelm is a welcome addition to the YBA Beautification Committee


* POLITICAL SUCCESS ON THE CITY COUNCIL
YBA founding Board member and Secretary, Molly Carmody, was elected to the Yelm City Council, November 4, 2015. As 2016 began, local business owner Tad Stillwell and Joe DePinto, who has with almost 6 years’ experience working for a representative in the state legislature joined Carmody on the city council. All three have shown a deep commitment to public safety, transparency, open government, and building a business-friendly environment. While these new additions to the City Council faced challenges from others entrenched in the past, they have brought a fresh, pro-business perspective to the council and we have seen great things from them since their inauguration. Indeed, in the last year, 5 council seats have been filled and a new interim Mayor, former councilor JW Foster, were seated. Mayor Harding accepted a position elsewhere and resigned. YBA President Schmier and Interim Mayor Foster met to discuss avenues of mutual interest, which was a very positive development.


* WHAT WE’VE DONE IN THE PAST YEAR
* In conjunction with the Triad Arts Theater, the YBA conducted a first-of-its-kind community arts and crafts show highlighting our local artists’ talent, December 12, 2015. The Masonic Lodge, next to Gordon’s was filled with art and attracted a very large crowd of people. The YBA’s involvement was prominently featured. Featured in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN):
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* Your YBA supported the Yelm Community Schools Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy and their New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond, February 4, 2016. The Levy passed, the bond did not. The YBA’s position was that properly funded schools produce high quality employees, future business leaders, and attract families to Yelm.
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* Your YBA approves news board member Marian Licxandru, owner of Pizzeria La Gitana, February 10, 2016. Marian replaced Molly Carmody who resigned pursuant to the bylaws when she was elected to public office.
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* Your YBA adopts a months-in-the-making Strategic Plan, incorporating action items from suggestions submitted from public Town Halls, February 24, 2016.

* Your YBA was the ONLY organization that responded to the Yelm Comprehensive Plan updates during the public comment period, which closed March 1, 2016. This plan has the potential to have a serious and lasting effect on the way we do business here in Yelm, and it was critical that your voice be heard. This comment also resulted in YBA President, Cynthia Schmier opening a dialogue with the City about strategic planning and the importance of supporting the local business community.
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* Your YBA Executive Board attended the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Forum which hosted Mayor Harding’s State of the City Address on March 8, 2016. In addition, the YBA met with the then newly-hired Chamber Executive Director in order to discuss a mutually beneficial working relationship with them and a brainstorming of ideas.

* Your YBA interviewed two prospective new Board members, March 9, 2016. Kellie Petersen joined the Board later that month.

* Your YBA’s comments submitted to the city on the Yelm Comprehensive Plan were published in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN), March 11, 2016.
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* Your YBA approved new board member Kellie Petersen, the owner of Gordon’s Garden Center, March 23, 2016.

* Your YBA was asked to send a representative to the City Administrator interviews selection process.
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* Your YBA’s redesigned website went public Summer 2016.
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* Your YBA introduced a Twitter page featuring the latest YBA news.
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* Your YBA rounded-out their social media platform with a Facebook page.
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* Your YBA and The Triad Arts Theater co-hosted the first annual Summer Arts and Crafts show the weekend of September 10th, garnering Nisqually Valley News coverage.
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* Your YBA drafted Food Truck regulations, which Executive Director Dan Crowe submitted for consideration as a proposal to the Yelm City Council on September 13, 2016. These regulations are designed to allow Food Trucks to operate in Yelm. The city will induct the first city-issues Town Hall public forum in 12 years to include public comment on this proposal.
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* Your YBA Exec Dir. Dan Crowe and his wife Molly Carmody were lauded for Masonic Bldg. restoration in the Nisqually Valley News.
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* Your YBA approved new Board member Jayne Cameron, owner of The Triad Theater, October 11, 2016.

* Your YBA President Cynthia Schmier presented a proposal October 25, 2016, to name the Community Center for the Wolf Family, who served Yelm with distinction for over 8 decades.
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* Your YBA Food Truck proposal has been recognized and supported by the Washington Food Truck Assn.
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* Your YBA Food Truck regulations proposal will be vetted in the first open-to-the-public city issues Yelm Town Hall in 12 years.
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* “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
– Jack Welch


* A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
For the last year and a half, the Yelm Business Assn. Board has been all about action. As the quote I’ve included above implies, information without action does not achieve results. We committed to take the information we’ve worked so hard to obtain and make it work for you. We need your help, though. We still require your direction, your input, and your involvement in our organization. You can contact any board member at any time, as we are all happy to listen to you about your concerns and how we can address them. More importantly, we need your help implementing the action plan, organizing a community event, out-reach, and more.

There is plenty of room for everyone at the table, so if you want to see Yelm be a place that truly supports local business – your business, then chip in! We invite you to join us and bring your passion, your interest for Yelm’s future.


* YOUR YBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Crowe, Executive Director & Founding Board Member
Cynthia Schmier, President & Founding Board Member
Steve Craig, Vice-President & Founding Board Member
Steve Klein, Founding Board member, Secretary
Bill Hashim, Treasurer, Citizen Action Committee Ad Hoc Member
Marian Lixcandru
Jayne Cameron
Kellie Petersen

www.YelmBusiness.org
www.Twitter.com/YelmBusiness
www.Facebook.com/YelmBusinesAssociation
Email: Info@YelmBusiness.org


Click here for the YBA Newsletter print edition.

YBA proposes Community Center naming for Wolf Family


Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) President Cynthia Schmier presented a summary of the officially submitted YBA Board letter to name the Community Center for the Wolf Family. Schmier said the YBA had not received any response to their June 2015 proposal nor follow-up letter request to name the facility for former Mayor Kathy Wolf. The YBA letter said htis in-part:
“With a new mayor and 5 new councilors seated, the YBA Board of Directors is again presenting this suggestion to you for consideration.

In the meantime Yelm Community Schools Superintendent Andy Wolf has left Yelm to take a position in Olympia plus Mayor Wolf’s husband Bob and their son Robert Wolf, Jr. both passed in the last year, a little more than two weeks apart.

Additionally, along with Bob’s brother Hal, the entire Wolf Family have dedicated their lives to Yelm for over 8 decades.
Therefore, we recommend an update to our original proposal to name this facility the Wolf Family Community Center, and that our suggestion be considered. We welcome any questions or comments and look forward to hearing from the council on your decision.”

After Schmier fielded some questions, Councilor Joe DePinto committed this would be placed on the council’s agenda to discuss at a Study Session, and that the city would get back to the YBA with an answer this time.

Click here for the YBA proposal dated October 25, 2016.

Click here for the YBA proposal dated June 9, 2015.


– “Yelm Business Association Would Like Dialogue With City Leaders”
“Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to the Yelm City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 25.”
By Nisqually Valley News, October 27, 2016.
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YBA Food Truck Proposal Gets Town Hall Airing
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Fri., Nov. 4, 7pm


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney talks to YBA V.P. Steve Craig about her food truck operation.
Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal.
Photo credit: Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.

– “Yelm City Council Tackles Marijuana, Food Trucks”
“Yelm City Council will hold a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 [Yelm Community Center] order to get feedback about allowing marijuana retailers and food trucks in Yelm.”

“Councilors Tad Stillwell and Joe DePinto suggested holding a public forum to allow community members an opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter,” quoting Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News, October 13, 2016.
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– “Yelm to Host Town Hall Public Forum Nov. 4”
“Marijuana and Food Truck Regulations to Be Discussed”

By Nisqually Valley News, October 27, 2016.
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YBA Exec Dir. Dan Crowe and wife lauded for Masonic Bldg. restoration


Dan Crowe & Molly Carmody pose in their new law office foyer
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News

– “A Labor of Love”
* “Crowe Law Office Owners Bring Back Former Glory of Historic Building”

“The Yelm Masonic Lodge had seen better times.

Over the years, linoleum was glued over the fir wood floors in most places. Coat after coat of paint was slapped onto the wainscoting. Built in 1926, the grand old lady with her white pillars on Yelm Avenue was showing her age.

The husband and wife team of Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody are known for their involvement in the community. He’s the president of the Yelm Business Association; she’s a Yelm city councilor.

The building kept calling to them. For three years they worked out of the Crowe Law office just down and across the road,” by Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA co-sponsored First Annual
Yelm Summer Arts Show in NVN


Local artist Brandy Covey displays her talent at Art Show
Photo credit: Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News

– “Transforming Yelm Into an Art Mecca”
* First Annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show Contributes to the City’s Artistic Renaissance

“Last weekend, the first annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show and Sale took place beneath the dappled shade of the exquisitely ornate Re/Max courtyard in downtown Yelm. The event was open to artists, craftsman, authors and other creative local individuals. It attracted the likes of master stone sculptor Paul Keeslar and David Craig, the well-known Eatonville painter, craftsman and artistic Renaissance man.”

“This first annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show was the result of a partnership between the Yelm Business Association and the Triad Arts Theater. Together these organizations are launching a concerted effort to help the local community thrive by establishing Yelm as a center for the arts. This weekend’s art show was an initial step in this much larger plan.

Through publicly displayed artwork and various art-related events, these groups intend to change the public’s perception of Yelm as a “drive-by” city to that of a unique end destination.”

“He [Steve Craig, Yelm Business Association vice president and chair of the Yelm Business Association’s Beautification Committee] believes that an emphasis on the arts will enrich and enhance the city of Yelm and help draw visitors to its many attractions and businesses. To this end the group is establishing two annual art shows and is exploring the possibility of additional events as well as potentially enhancing the city through public, outdoor art that will beautify the city and showcase its best qualities,” by Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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Yelm Business Assn (YBA) submits Food Truck proposal to Council

On Tuesday, September 13, Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Executive Director Dan Crowe submitted a proposal to the Yelm city council to consider supporting their proposal to allow Food Trucks to operate in Yelm. YBA Exec. Dir. Crowe acknowledged Gordon’s Garden Center owner Kellie Petersen for her excellent work in crafting this proposal based on operational food truck ordinances in Lacey and Olympia. Crowe said this does not deter from brick-and-mortar restaurants in our area. This was added to the Council Study Session Agenda, as requested by Councilor Stillwell.

Click here to read the YBA Food Truck proposal introduction letter.

Click here to read the YBA Food Truck proposal.

Click here to read NVN Publisher/Editor Wagar’s Editorial on this proposal.

Click here to read the NVN story on the Food Truck proposal.



Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

City Administrator candidates to be interviewed
September 8, Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) rep. on the interview committee

* Yelm Business Association (YBA) asked to sent community rep. for the interview panel
* The YBA Board chose Yelm Blogger Steve Klein to serve on the panel
* Klein is a YBA founding Board member and Secretary



– “Yelm Interviewing Candidates for City Admin.”
“The [city administrator] candidates are: Melissa Evans, the senior economic development specialist for the city of Las Vegas; Tom Kadla, the chief administrative officer for the Municipality of Lumby, British Columbia; and Adam Lincoln, the assistant city manager in Lakewood.

The community is invited to…the interviews, which are open to the public, will be conducted Wednesday at both the Public Safety Building on McKenzie Avenue and at the Yelm Community Center starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until noon. One candidate will receive a tour of the city while the other two are being interviewed, then all three will rotate.”

“The interviews will be conducted by panels of eight made up of three city council members, three city department heads and members of the community, Interim City Administrator Bill Brandon said. The members of the community are selected by Foster. Steve Klein, former events coordinator and spokesman for Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment and representative of the Yelm Business Association, will be on one of the panels, Brandon said. The other positions have yet to be announced,’ quoting Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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The Yelm Business Association Board supports City Councilor Joe Depinto for Yelm Interim Mayor.

The Yelm Business Association Board of Directors supports City Councilor and Candidate Joe DePinto as interim mayor of the city of Yelm. Councilor DePinto was raised in Yelm and is intimately familiar with the facets of our community, especially the history, challenges, and opportunities. Joe is uniquely qualified to be Mayor of Yelm because of his wealth of experience as a Political Science degree-holder and in serving as executive legislative assistant to state Rep. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver, minority whip) at the Statehouse in Olympia. DePinto's vast knowledge of conducting government processes and procedures is an asset for Yelm, as our city moves into the future and will bring on a new City Administrator and new staff in Public Works, Public Safety (police officers) and Community Development. DePinto's talents are required during this transition time, with so many long-serving city employees having left in promotions or retired. Yelm voters overwhelmingly chose new councilors last Fall over three incumbent public officials, indicative of wanting a new direction, rather than support for leaders and policies of the past. Yelm is embracing change into the future and the Yelm City Council needs a new vision in leadership, as well.

We support DePinto to be interim mayor during this critical time, prior to the next public vote for mayor in November 2017. 

Yelm Business Assn. announces upcoming Arts & Crafts show – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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– Yelm Business Association, Triad Theater to Host Art Show
The Yelm Business Association and The Triad Arts Theater announcing they are hosting an arts and crafts show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend of September 10th. The show will be located at RE/MAX Country in downtown Yelm.

“Though a fundraiser, the emphasis is on supporting and featuring local artists,” said Steve Craig, Yelm Business Association (YBA) vice president and chair of the YBA’s Beautification Committee, in a Press Release. He added, “This is the first sponsorship of a summer arts and crafts show in Yelm featuring the amazing talent that resides in the area.”

The minimal entry fee is $25, which will be charged to participants. Artists interested in participating in the summer arts/crafts show/sale can contact Craig at 360-790-7490.

Sponsoring an annual summer and winter art show is consistent with the Yelm Business Association Beautification Committee’s recommendation that the arts in Yelm could and should become a focal point, seeking to make Yelm more of a “destination” and less of a perceived “drive-by” experience, Craig explained. The Yelm Business Assn. hosted the first-of-a-kind community Art Show last December, covered here:
“Yelm Art Show dazzles showcasing the varied talents in this community.”