After a few delays, new directional and winery identifying signs are being erected throughout the Yakima Valley. Recognizing the need to improve, update and unify directional signs to wineries, the Yakima County Development Association (New Vision) has led a project with various partners to replace and update existing directional signs.
The project is funded through Yakima County’s Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification (SIED) Board.
“These new signs will greatly help visitors and residents better find the wineries,” said John Cooper of the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. “Directional signs are crucial to the success of our wineries.” Project partners included New Vision, Yakima County, Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau with the feedback and support of the wineries in Yakima Valley.
The wine industry plays an important role in Yakima County’s economy. According to a 2012 study commissioned by the Washington Wine Commission there are 3,149 folks employed in the wine industry in Yakima County, generates more than $526 million annually to the local economy and produces $44 million in state and local taxes.