Yakima Council Considers Renaming Yakima Convention Center | Local

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The city building on North Eighth Street in downtown Yakima may soon be called the Yakima Convention and Event Center.

The Yakima City Council will consider the Yakima Convention Center renaming at a business meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Public Facilities District Board, which operates the convention center, unanimously recommended the name change at a recent meeting, Chief Executive Connie Upton and Yakima Valley Tourism President John Cooper said in a statement. note to the city. The memorandum has been included in the board agenda file.

Adding “event” to the name alerts the community to the fact that the facility is a space for more than just convention, they said.

The center hosts banquets, weddings, board retreats, fundraisers, exhibitions, car shows, quincean᷉eras, service club meetings, ceremonies and more, with 240 to 260 events one day each year before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the memo. Upton and Cooper said these events are critical to the center’s success.

“The name change not only recognizes the facility’s many roles, but it could also help attract new business,” Upton and Cooper said in the memo.

The center is the fourth largest in the state after an 18,000 square foot addition was completed in 2021.

The council meeting will be held via Zoom and in person at City Hall, 129 N. Second St. It will also be livestreamed on the city’s website.

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