YAKIMA CONVENTION CENTER ADDITION

In the last several years, the Yakima Convention Center (YCC) has lost numerous conferences to other cities due to the insufficient convention center meeting space and availability. Download the fact sheet

COMMUNITY IMPACT

$8.9

MILLION IN EST. LOST VISITOR SPENDING

Missed opportunities were lost in:

  • Group business for the Yakima Convention Center
  • Visitor spending on food, gas, retail and lodging, affecting jobs in those industries and our economy
  • Sales tax revenue that helps pay for roads, public safety, parks and other services our community enjoys
  • YCC could lose another 12 groups that are outgrowing the building

PLAN OF ACTION

18,000

SQUARE FEET ADDITION

This approved addition will add more than 18,000 square feet of needed exhibit and support space. It will be funded by an existing Public Facilities District state sales tax rebate plus a lodging tax that’s paid by visitors staying at hotels and motels. The addition will not require any funds from the City of Yakima’s (COY) general fund nor fees or taxes to local residents.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

  • YCC will be better able to meet the demand to host conferences and conventions.
  • It will generate new visitor spending that supports our businesses and community.
  • The community's income will increase, bringing additional sales tax to pay for public services.
  • The additional space will also be available for rent to the public for local events, seminars and celebrations.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • 2016-2018

    Market studies, preliminary scenarios and design completed.

  • 2017

    YCC addition is included in City of Yakima’s Economic Development Strategy.

  • 2018

    Yakima City Council approves proposed addition as part of the 2019 COY’s budget.

  • 2019

    ALSC Architects selected in April. Complete design, finalize and approve renderings and engineering specifications. Seek bids and select construction firm.

  • 2020

    Construction begins

  • 2021

    Construction complete

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