YAKIMA, Wa - The 'Committee for Downtown Yakima' has hired two new directors to lead the revitalization effort.
Sean Hawkins come from the tourism industry in Louisville, Kentucky. Melinda Ellison is a former retailer in Yakima.
Their mission -- to bring businesses and people back to downtown. They have been given the green light to do what ever they can to make Yakima the place to be again.
Their first priority is to clean up the sidewalks.
They'll also be a central place for retailers to learn about opportunities in downtown.
"There's a lot to build on. We just need to be Yakima. We need to be who we are. There are great elements here," says Hawkins.