Yelm Business Association Town Hall
“About 60 people showed up to share their input Tuesday, March 10 at the Yelm Middle School during a town hall meeting put on by the Yelm Business Association. Dan Crowe of Crowe Law, standing at the podium, mediated the meeting while his wife and YBA Secretary and Treasurer Molly Carmody writes comments from the audience on white boards.”
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News
From Jenna Loughlin, Nisqually Valley News:
“The Yelm Business Association held a town hall meeting Tuesday [March 10] to hear input from members of the public.
Dan Crowe of Crowe Law mediated the event held at Yelm Middle School and started off by asking questions to understand the demographic of those in attendance. During the hour-long meeting, he asked three questions:
* If you had to describe Yelm to someone who has never heard of it, what would you say?;
* how do you envision Yelm in the next 10 years?;
* and what specific ideas do you have to improve Yelm? This last question morphed into which specific issues would you like to see the city of Yelm address?
About 60 people showed up to the YBA meeting, which started a half an hour before the Yelm City Council meeting held the same night. Those in attendance included city residents as well as people who live in unincorporated Thurston County, but utilize services in the city limits.
‘This is an incredible turnout for just the first meeting,’ Crowe said.”
“Crowe ended the meeting saying the YBA plans to hold these town hall meetings quarterly and will take the results to the city and local businesses.
‘We would like to see this room absolutely packed with people as we move on in the future,’ Crowe said. ‘We will advocate on your behalf.'”
One local resident and participant wrote to the Yelm Community Blog this comment:
“There has been no other forum in 20 years held here where our voices and those of our fellow citizens can be heard and receive meaningful consideration – I am very enthused after what I witnessed last night.”
Click here to see the video of the session, courtesy of Wally brown.
Yelm Community blogger Steve Klein is a founding and active board member of the Yelm Business Assn.