Happy New Year to all, and welcome to 2018!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. The time of year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is always busy and jam-packed with activities — it seems difficult sometimes to even catch your breath in the whirlwind of holiday fun! Certainly, all of us at Selah Downtown Association have been busy volunteering, planning events and celebrating the season.
On the other hand, now that we are over the holiday buzz, January is the perfect time to relax a bit and re-focus ourselves on our goals and new commitments for the coming year.
This year, at Selah Downtown Association, we are re-committing ourselves to improving downtown Selah and advancing our mission to promote and develop the downtown as the city’s social, cultural and economic center. This means that every day, we will strive to play a role in strengthening the local economy, engaging community members through activities and volunteerism, and promoting historic preservation, beautification and design improvements in downtown Selah.
To advance these goals, we plan to focus our efforts this year in two areas: local entrepreneurship and walkability. However, while we plan to launch new programs in 2018 to further these goals, many of the activities developed in previous years will continue.
We also look forward, as in past years, to strengthening our relationship and working more closely with the city and other community organizations toward the shared goal of improving our downtown.
SDA has come a long way in the past few years. We have learned so much and grown as a result of the dedication of our volunteers and investment from community members, business owners and the city. We look forward to this new year and all the opportunities it may bring.
Whitney Stohr is the Executive Director of Selah Downtown Association. She is passionate about community change, livability, public art, and environmental sustainability. She encourages everyone to become a voice for progress in their local communities and advocate for positive change. Whitney is originally from Yakima and holds degrees from the University of Montana (B.A. Political Science), the University of Florida (M.S. Ecological Restoration), Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D.), and The George Washington University School of Law (LL.M. International and Comparative Law).