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 Under-represented 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 adopted 2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is available here:

NCWEDD CEDS (Approved September 22, 2021)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in America’s communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process.  Economic development planning – as implemented through the CEDS – is not only a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) programs, but successfully serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration.  The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries), creates the environment for regional economic prosperity.

Simply put, a CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development.  A CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It is a key component in establishing and maintaining a robust economic ecosystem by helping to build regional capacity (through hard and soft infrastructure) that contributes to individual, firm, and community success. The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region.  The CEDS should take into account and, where appropriate, integrate or leverage other regional planning efforts, including the use of other available federal funds, private sector resources, and state support which can advance a region’s CEDS goals and objectives.  Regions must update their CEDS at least every five years to qualify for EDA assistance under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.  In addition, a CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD).


The EDD serves as a means by which members and partners can assist our most distressed neighbors by incorporating their most pressing infrastructure, data tracking and analysis, and small business support needs into a regional strategy.


Guiding principles establish a broader framework for the EDD vision and mission statements.  They identify a set of values critical to the success of achieving our vision. Though each of these principles stands alone in reflecting our committee’s values, it is recognized that some may either complement or conflict with others. The ideal projects will balance competing principles when possible.

  • We recognize the importance of maintaining rural lifestyles and enhancing the quality of life.

  • We value the preservation of unique and significant natural and cultural resources, and respect diverse cultures.

  • We encourage participation of all citizens and consensus-based planning and recognize that success requires a long-term commitment.

  • We value the importance of understanding our regional economy and using that to shape the future.

  • We believe partnerships expand opportunities.

  • We encourage sustainable economic development, believing that the integration of community, economy and environment is key to success

  • We play a leadership role for regional economic development in the region.

  • We believe in building on our strengths, supporting the maintenance, preservation, and development of existing and new business and infrastructure.


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 
  • 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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