New website designed to help solve the Yakima Valley's most complex challenges highlight of luncheon today

The new Yakima Valley Trends website.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A website featuring data on about 140 current trends and statistics about the Yakima Valley was launched Monday.

The Yakima Valley Trends website ( seeks to improve private and public decision-making by providing data in an easily navigable format.

Information on demographics, agriculture, tourism, economic vitality, education, equity and inclusion, the environment, health, housing, safety and transportation is included.

Two years in the making, the project is the result of a partnership among 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.

“The continuously updated, real-time data included in this site provides critical information about the quality of life in the Valley and provides a way to evaluate the effectiveness of both philanthropic and business investments in the community,” said Jonathan Smith, CEO of the Development Association.

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