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Yakima city manager candidates tour the city

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima welcomed its final candidates today for city manager. They flew in from all over: Don Cooper from Florida, Timothy Hacker from Nevada, and Jim Payne from New Mexico.

This morning the candidates took a bus tour of the city. They looped from the construction area at Valley Mall Boulevard to West Valley and back. One important stop was the Boise Cascade Lumber Mill. A lot of sales tax revenue is focused there for potential development.

"[These are] funding mechanisms that the city has used to build infrastructure to encourage economic development, and to try and grow the community, which is an important piece that these candidates are going to need to address," says Community Relations Manager Randy Beehler.

Beehler says the lumber mill could be Yakima's future in commercial industrialization. Although, it will likely take a lot of work from the new city manager to help that process along.