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Annual Regional Economic Forum - REF19

  • Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan 104 West Woodin Avenue Chelan, WA, 98816 United States (map)

2019 NCW Regional Economic Forum

Fostering Inclusive Prosperity

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The Annual NCW Regional Economic Forum draws attendees from across the region and state who present, workshop, and discuss the opportunities and challenges for economic development across our counties. This year, the Forum will focus on the intersection between community wellness, innovation, and economic development.

This years forum will take place at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan. A limited number of rooms have been contracted for the event and can be booked by calling the property at 800.553.8225 and using discount code 525928. We encourage those planning to reserve hotel rooms to book early to guarantee discounted rate and rooms. Campbell’s Resort will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and a Jazz brunch on Sunday, April 21, 2019. This is a great way to include the family and enjoy Lake Chelan before the Forum on Monday. Additional details on Easter Activities can be found HERE.



• 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

Thank you to our: Regional Innovation Sponsors, Microsoft and Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA); Forum Sponsor, the Port of Douglas County; and our Community Sponsors, the Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Okanogan County Economic Alliance!

Earlier Event: February 11
Annual NCW Regional Tourism Summit
Later Event: September 12
Fall Possibility Tour