City Attends Yelm Business Association Meeting

Posted 6/18/15

Late last month, Yelm Business Association Executive Director Dan Crowe wrote a letter to the Yelm City Council that was also printed in the Nisqually Valley News.

Crowe, in part, wrote: “All is …

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City Attends Yelm Business Association Meeting

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Late last month, Yelm Business Association Executive Director Dan Crowe wrote a letter to the Yelm City Council that was also printed in the Nisqually Valley News.

Crowe, in part, wrote: “All is not rosy in Yelm. There is at least a perception, if not a reality, that the city of Yelm is extremely unfriendly to businesses. Unfortunately, because the city has refused to meet with us, it is not possible for us to address these concerns with our members and give them advice on improving the way we interact with the city. … I would like to invite you to sit down with us at a board meeting so we can discuss the common goals we have and how to approach our common challenges. … Our only goal is to open the lines of communication between the Yelm Business Association and the city of Yelm.”

On Tuesday the Yelm Business Association held its second-ever town hall meeting at Yelm Middle School. While the turnout — just shy of 40 people — was down from the first meeting and a bit disappointing, it was a watershed moment as four city of Yelm Planning Commissioners and two people from the city administration attended.

Community Development Director Grant Beck explained the city’s comprehensive plan and how it goes about developing regulations and its approach to growth. Beck encouraged those gathered to write down quick notes on what direction they would like the city to take.



Except for some who came to push the Agenda 21 and Title 26 issues (basically they believe Thurston County is part of the push toward a one-world government guided by the United Nations), the meeting was pleasant and informative.

We want to acknowledge the hard work the Yelm Business Association has put in, as well as this recent response by the city. We are all working toward making this area a better place to work and live, even those who are misguided in thinking the Yelm Business Association is going to dabble in national and international issues.

That said, in unity, we can get much done.

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