Chelan County is on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain range in central Washington. Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the country. With its nearly year-round sunshine, it has developed into an all-season outdoor recreational destination.

Agriculture is still the dominant industry in Chelan County (with 21.4 percent of total covered employment in 2019). The industry which provided the second highest number of jobs in Chelan County in 2019 was private health services with 14.6 percent of total covered employment.

Tourism related industries (especially hotels, eating and drinking places, and amusement and recreation services) also contribute to the local labor market with two very popular areas for the state: Lake Chelan and Leavenworth. Lake Chelan is a great tourist area in the summer. Leavenworth provides year-round tourism with a Bavarian-themed village that hosts an Oktoberfest festival and has multiple ski resorts very close to town.

North Star Opportunity Zones in Chelan County

Chelan County/Wenatchee is a highly desirable place to live with abundant outdoor recreation opportunities a short drive away. It also boasts low cost, green hydro power, a county wide fiber optic communications network, and is served by a growing regional airport. 

The two zones in Wenatchee encompass much of the Wenatchee waterfront, downtown, historic industrial areas and large residential neighborhoods. The downtown/waterfront is characterized by vibrancy and energy boasting the Pybus Public Market, a new hotel, and co-working spaces. It provides urban infill and redevelopment opportunities with permit ready sites, flexible zoning, and a City interested in partnering with private development. Potential uses include multifamily residential, class A office, hospitality, and specialty retail.

The Chelan County zone south of Wenatchee provides large green field tracts which adjoin the BNSF railway, boasts existing industrial parks, over 2,300 acres of land surrounding the idled ALCOA Wenatchee Works aluminum shelter, and agriculture production and support services.

For more information about the advantages of doing business in Chelan County, county demographics, available commercial lands and buildings, and an interactive inventory of ALL commercially zoned properties in the county, go to

Craig Larsen, Business Development Director