YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima and Kittitas counties are joining forces to draw up a plan to boost the economy in Central Washington.
New Vision in Yakima will be receiving about $40,000 dollars from the federal Economic Development Administration to form a two-county economic plan.
By including Kittitas County, New Vision hopes to help broaden their development plan.
Dave McFadden, president of New Vision, says they're looking for community members to join a steering committee, to help with the Regional Economic Development planning process.
"I think it's through this joint discussion, we're going to have that we're going to find better ways to work together that lead towards better opportunities for economic development in Central Washington," McFadden said.
The money will also help update "Blueprint Yakima Valley"; a project aimed at identifying key industries and looking at ways for economic growth in the Valley.
"We're seeing some improvement coming from the business community; maybe a little more confidence. So I think it's a ripe time to get together and talk about how we're going to sustain that growth," McFadden explained.
If you would like to be a part of the steering committee, click here to visit the Yakima County's application website for serving on local Boards and Commissions. Each County Commission will appoint people to the committee.
The deadline to apply is May 25th. New Vision hopes to have the two-county plan completed by early 2013.