Founded in 1966, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) is both a regional government and coordinating body under Washington state law. YVCOG was established by the valley’s community leaders as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. This consortium has not only provided this forum (but now has grown to be a key player in the research for development of studies and plans needed to address these issues.)
YVCOG’s region encompasses Yakima County and 14 cities covering a total area of 4,311 square miles. YVCOG develops long range regional transportation plans and regional transportation improvement programs. Additionally, YVCOG bylaws provide for representation of Native American tribes and Air districts in the region.
1865: Yakima County (established)
1883: Union Gap
1886: City of Yakima