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Yakima Valley Trends Website is Launched

Launch of Yakima Valley Trends Website Paves the Way for Innovative Data-Driven Decision-Making

 

The Yakima Valley Trends website is officially unveiled! This community resource includes data about 140 current trends and statistics in 11 categories of information about the Yakima Valley (Demographics, Agriculture, Tourism, Economic Vitality, Education, Equity and Inclusion, the Environment, Health, Housing, Safety, and Transportation).

Each indicator is presented in an interactive graphical format that includes a narrative of why the indicator matters and a source for downloading the original data.

This project is the result of a partnership between the Yakima County Development Association, Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

 

 

YAKIMA VALLEY CONFERENCE OF GOVERNMENTS NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT ONE Transitional Housing Shelter to serve the chronically homeless population.

YAKIMA VALLEY CONFERENCE OF GOVERNMENTS NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT ONE Transitional Housing Shelter to serve the chronically homeless population.

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments has up to $200,000 available to support the acquisition, rehabilitation, or construction of one Transitional Housing Facility. Preference will be given to projects that Serves high priority needs as identified by the Homeless Planning and Policy Council’s 5 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Please click here for more information

Call for Public Comments – October 2017 Amendment to the 2017-2020 Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
OCTOBER 2017 AMENDMENT
To the
2017-2020 METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 A draft of the October 2017 Amendment to the 2017-2020 Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program (M/RTIP) will be available for public review beginning Wednesday, September 27, 2017 through noon, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 on the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) web site at www.yvcog.org and at the following physical locations:

Yakima Valley Regional Library, Main Branch
102 N 3rd Street
Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments
311 North 4th Street, Suite 204
Yakima, WA

All comments must be submitted no later than noon Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The M/RTIP is a compilation of transportation projects within Yakima County’s metropolitan and regional area that are regionally significant and or receive federal funding.  Questions and comments regarding this program may be referred to YVCOG Transportation Program Manager, Alan Adolf, by calling (509) 574-1550, or by e-mail at alan.adolf@yvcog.org.

YVCOG fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see https://www.yvcog.org/title6.pdf or call (509) 574-1550.

Call for Public Comments – Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs for 2018-2021

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

2018-2021 Yakima Valley Metropolitan
and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs

The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) is requesting comments on the 2018-2021 Draft Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (MTIP/RTIP).  The MTIP/RTIP is a compilation of federally funded transportation projects as well as regionally significant state and local transportation projects within the Yakima County region that are planned or scheduled during the next 4 years.

The Draft MTIP/RTIP is available for public review beginning Wednesday, September 27, 2017 until Wednesday, October 11, 2017 on the YVCOG website at www.yvcog.org and at the following locations:

YVCOG
311 North 4th Street, Suite 204
Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Regional Library, Main Branch
102 North 3rd Street
Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Regional Library, Sunnyside Branch
621 Grant
Sunnyside, WA

Comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday October 11, 2017.  Please send your comments or questions to Alan Adolf, Transportation Program Manager, at (509) 759-7981 or email alan.adolf@yvcog.org .

Extreme Winter Weather Shelter RFP – Closes September 11, 2017

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) is seeking Requests for Proposals for programs that will address the Extreme Winter Weather Shelter needs of the homeless in Yakima County.  Funding is available for projects in an amount up to $200,000  for this purpose.  To apply for funding please go to:  https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2257&limited=1537

 

The deadline for applications is September 11 at 11:59 p.m.  Awards will be determined on approximately October 9, 2017, and funding will be available November 1, 2017.  This is a one-time grant of funding.  For questions, please contact Crystal Testerman, Homeless Program Manager at 509-424-4695 or crystal.testerman@yvcog.org .

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

SEPTEMBER 2017 AMENDMENT
To the
2017-2020 METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

A draft of the September 2017 Amendment to the 2017-2020 Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program (M/RTIP) will be available for public review beginning Wednesday, August 30, 2017 through noon, Wednesday, September, 2017 on the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) web site at www.yvcog.org and at the following physical locations:

Yakima Valley Regional Library, Main Branch
102 N 3rd Street
Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments
311 North 4th Street, Suite 204
Yakima, WA

All comments must be submitted no later than noon Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The M/RTIP is a compilation of transportation projects within Yakima County’s metropolitan and regional area that are regionally significant and or receive federal funding.  Questions and comments regarding this program may be referred to YVCOG Transportation Program Manager, Alan Adolf, by calling (509) 574-1550, or by e-mail at alan.adolf@yvcog.org.

YVCOG fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see https://www.yvcog.org/title6.pdf or call (509) 574-1550.

 

CoC RFP – (Closes August 21, 2017)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Continuum of Care Program (Closes August 21, 2017)

This is a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Permanent Supportive Housingprojects under the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Housing program.

PROJECT TITLE: HUD Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing Grant Opportunity

GRANTOR: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  August 21, 2017

AMOUNT AVAILABLE: up to $90,000 for single or multiple projects, with the possibility of additional funds to be available.

Attachment A – Full Description of the 2017 HUD CoC RFP
Attachment B – Estimated Spending Plan and Revenue Summary Form

In Loving Memory of Brian Curtin

Our YVCOG team lost a friend and a colleague earlier this week. Long-time planner Brian Curtin passed away Monday in Seattle.

I believe Brian was our longest-serving employee when he passed. His duties included working on our transportation improvement plans, commute trip reduction (CTR) efforts, and congestion mitigation & air quality program. He also briefly served as the interim executive director during a leadership transition.

I appreciated Brian’s efforts organizing and marketing Bike to Work events under our CTR program. We didn’t attract many bike riders during a Bike to Work celebration last fall, so Brian and I had a gallon of coffee and a large sheet cake mostly to ourselves… We got a lot of strange looks from our COG co-workers when we returned to the office later that morning and our productivity shot up (followed by the need for a siesta shortly thereafter).

We’ve placed a memory book in Brian’s office that we’ll give to his wife Carrie at a later date. If you’d like to write a memory or put a photo in the book, please stop by. His family has told us that no memorial service is planned.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carrie and their children as they grieve the loss of their husband and father.

Larry Mattson
Executive Director

Now Offering – Jurassic Parliament Class Video

New to City Council?
Confused about Robert’s Rules?
Want to have more efficient and pleasant meetings? 

 

YVCOG is now offering an online video of the April 19, 2017 Jurassic Parliament class with Ann Macfarlane. This is an online video that you can watch anywhere and at your own leisure. you’ll just need an internet connection and computer to view the video.

Contact Jessica at info@yvcog.org to check out the website video link and receive a password to view the video.