Economy

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.

Grassroots
Initiatives

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.

Is your small business the next
$10,000 winner?

Supernova Business Launch Competition is a community-based competition where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and 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.

Accepting new applications beginning January 4th, 2023. 

Join us at 1 Million Cups on January 4th when we kick-off the 2023 Competition.  Location at Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce. 

See gallery of past Supernova (BLC) participants.

Latest Events and News

2023 Regional Priority Projects Ranking

Submit your NCW project thru December 9th, 2022.

NCW Rural Tourism Workshops

December 6/7 Workshops aimed at creating sustainable regional tourism and outdoor recreation economy.

NCWEDD Annual Public Board Meeting

December 14th, 8:30-10:30 AM Join the NCWEDD at our annual public board meeting

Small Business Flex Fund

A simple, low interest & flexible loan for Washington's smallest businesses & nonprofits

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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