About the NCW Regional Economic Forum

The NCWEDD hosts an annual gathering of regional experts and practitioners, and specialists from beyond the region to exchange ideas, learn about tools and strategies that can advance economic outcomes across the region, and challenge each other to think creatively and innovate solutions that respect the character of our communities while helping them progress and grow.

April 22, 2019

Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan

2019 Theme: Fostering Inclusive Prosperity


• Highlight innovative and replicable projects from across North Central Washington

• Feature strategies and resources that could be useful in our region

• Foster structured networking opportunities

• Provide hands-on workshops

9:00 Welcome & Housekeeping


9:15 Keynote Panel 1

The Geography of Opportunity (Zones) in NCW

Moderator: Ron Cridlebaugh, Port of Douglas


Clay Gatens, JDSA Law

Ernest Rasmussen, Colville Confederated Tribes


10:15 - 11:15 Morning Breakout Sessions

Affordable and Middle Market Housing Initiatives

Moderator: Kurt Danison


Steve Maher, Our Valley Our Future

Ted Picollo, Northwest Native Development Fund


North Star Opportunity Zones, Projects & Funds

Moderator: Randy Agnew


Karen Francis-McWhite, NCWEDD

Kyle Wiese, OZI Opportunity Zone Investments


Health, Wellness and Inclusive Prosperity


Christal Eshelman, North Central Accountable Communities of Health

Deb Miller, Action Health Partners

Dr. Patrick Jones, Eastern Washington University


11:45 - 12:30 Keynote Panel 2

Research and Innovation in NCW - The Bridge Research and Innovation District

Moderator: Steve Maher


12:45 - 2:15 Afternoon Workshops

NCWEDD Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Workshop

Moderator: Karen Francis-McWhite


Career Connected Learning In Practice

Moderator: Roni Holder-Diefenbach


Marcus Alden, Apprenticeship Advantage

Steve King & Allison Williams, City of Wenatchee, City Council for a Day

April Slagle, Chelan High School, Viticulture Program


2:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Coffee Service hosted by WSMA

Microenterprise Development in Washington State

Presenter:Lisa Smith, Washington State Microenterprise Association


2:45 - 3:30 Keynote Panel 3

Sustainable Development and Data Centers in NCW

Organized by the Port of Douglas County


3:30 Closing

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One of many ways of envisioning inclusive prosperity

One of many ways of envisioning inclusive prosperity