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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 […]

YBA co-hosted Jazz Fest featured in local newspaper

– “Festival Jazzes Up Downtown Yelm” “More Than 400 People Turned out for Yelms 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 Yelms first-ever Jazz Festival.” “The sponsors included the Yelm Business Association, JZ Knight, […]

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 “Yelms 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

YBA proposal to restore historic water tower

Yelm water tower engineer’s sketch Courtesy: Steve Craig – “Council Ponders Historic Options for Water Tower” “Yelms 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. […]

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. Read more – YBA Mission Statement is all about advocacy to city “Our mission is to […]

“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 Whos Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry. – […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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. – “Whos Who in the Nisqually Watershed: Mountain to Sea” “I had the distinct […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Citys Artistic Renaissance “Last weekend, the first annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show and Sale took place beneath […]

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 […]

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 […]