Fostering an Innovative Economy for North Central Washington

We Aim To Foster An Innovative And Resilient Economy For North Central Washington’s Businesses, Workers, And Families. The NCWEDD is responsible for regional economic development strategy and planning and collaborates with various private and public agencies to accomplish this goal.

About the NCWEDD

Advancing the communities of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan counties, and the Colville Confederated Tribes.  The NCWEDD brings together the private and public sectors in a partnership necessary to provide a coordinated strategy and an ongoing economic development program for the region.

 The NCWEDD is governed by a Board of Directors chosen from our membership and the Board elects officers to oversee operations. Committees are established to progress the work of the NCWEDD as needed. As such, the NCWEDD has become a beneficial driving force for the North Central Washington region.

2022 Winner, Dragontail Forge 

Your start-up small business could win $10,000 plus in-kind services & prizes to help you grow.

Supernova Business Launch Competition is a community-based competition where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and new small businesses looking to expand in the counties of Okanogan, Douglas, Ferry, Chelan and the Colville Reservations compete for $10,000 plus free small business workshops, networking, and peer support to grow their new business.

Now accepting small business applications thru February 17th.

See gallery of past Supernova (BLC) participants.

Upcoming Events and News


Supernova Business Launch Competition Kick-Off

January 4, 2023 - February 17, 2023

2023 Supernova Meet & Greet

February 22, 2023 @ 12:00 am - 12:00 am

2023 Supernova Business Bootcamp Timeline

February 25, 2023 - April 22, 2023


Mission:  To build equitable systems for local businesses and communities that create a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable economy by strengthening, supporting, and celebrating entrepreneurship, rural and urban community development, racial equity and food access.

Opportunities across the region.

The Opportunity Zones program was enacted as part of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is designed to drive long-term capital investments into low-income rural and urban communities. This federal program provides opportunities for private investors to support investments in distressed communities through participation in Qualified Opportunity Funds.

The North Star Opportunity Zones offer both common opportunities across the North Central Washington region. Especially in housing for single-family, multi-family, and transit-served neighborhoods. The Zones benefit from their proximity to communities experiencing growth and prosperity in NCW.

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