NCWEDD members are responsible for the overall direction of the agency. NCWEDD members often use their association within the organization to network with one another and collaborate on challenges and success. This becomes a tremendous resource and benefit to our various areas and projects. If your organization would like information or to learn more about the benefits of membership, feel free to contact the EDD at


  • Board Chair – Kurt Danison – City of Tonasket
  • Vice-Chair – Stacy Luckensmeyer – Wenatchee Valley College Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Treasurer – Renee Swearingen – Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary – Roni Holder-Diefenbach – Economic Alliance of Okanogan County                                                                                                       
  • Board of Director from within Okanogan County- Chris Branch – District 1 seat on the Okanogan County Commission                                 
  • Board of Director from within Chelan County – Brooklyn Holton – City of Wenatchee
  • Board of Director from within Douglas County – Mark Botello – Douglas County
  • Board of Director from the Colville Tribes – Matthew Pleasants – Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Board of Director representing Historically Underrepresented Minority – Rafael Aguilar – LaPera TV & Radio
  • Immediate Past Chair – Jim Huffman – Chelan-Douglas Regional Port Authority

NCWEDD Board and Membership Meetings

Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 8:45 – 11:00 AM. Meetings are held online via Zoom at this time.Meetings are open to the public and link to join meeting can be accessed by contacting



The North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD) is a federally-designated economic development district for the NCW region covering Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes. The NCWEDD is a membership-driven agency that is responsible for regional economic development strategy and planning. We collaborate with various private and public agencies to accomplish this goal.


  • Housing
  • Infrastructure/Broadband
  • Workforce Development
  • Small Business Support
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Agriculture


  • Supernova Business Launch Competition 2021
  • Recovery & Resiliency Project
  • Economic Forum
  • Tourism as an Economic Driver
  • Opportunity Zones
  • Cares Act Funding to support tourism in partnership with The Cascade Loop
  • Multiple North Star Opportunity Zone projects begin
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