In January 2016, after a public bidding process, the NCWEDD Board of Directors contracted with Community Attributes, Inc. of Seattle to contribute data gathering, community engagement and planning consulting services, and kick off the Okanogan Economic Recovery Plan (OERP).

In collaboration with affected communities, municipal staff, local chambers of commerce, long term recovery groups (LTRGs) and other stakeholders, the OERP project team developed an analysis that reflects local perspectives and identifies opportunities for economic recovery and resilience in response to the 2014-2015 wildfires.