Ranking Process Overview

The NCWEDD has a mission to promote the development and diversification of economic opportunities in the region. Projects supported and work performed by the EDD must:

  • Analyze local economic conditions;

  • Define regional economic development goals;

  • Determine economic development opportunities; and/or

    Formulate and/or implement an economic development program in the region.

The North Central Washington Economic Development District annually ranks regional projects of economic significance. The rankings are determined by a regional NCWEDD Committee of individuals representing organizations, City and County officials from Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan Counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes who reviewed and evaluated the submitted applications. The committee ranks projects based on a number of established criteria, including measurable regional economic benefits, measurable community benefits, fully developed plan and strategy, alignment with NCWEDD goals and objectives, and local and regional support.

The committee ranking recommendation is presented to the NCWEDD board, which votes on the final ranking. NCWEDD resources including letters of support, fund sourcing, and project facilitation are allocated to ranked projects.

To date, the North Central Washington Economic Development District has secured over $2 million in grant and low-interest loan funding for a variety of projects in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties, and the Colville Confederated Tribesthrough this process.

Top ranked projects will receive NCWEDD letters of support, fund sourcing assistance, and project facilitation.


The North Central Washington Economic Development District has opened the 2020 Call for Regional Priority Projects applications. All NCW organizations, municipalities, counties, and private businesses are invited to craft and submit the full Regional Priority Project application. and ranking will only be provided to current or new member organizations, municipalities, counties and private businesses in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties, as well as the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Okanogan County applications have already been accepted, after their preliminary screening by the Economic Alliance. No additional Okanogan County applications will be accepted.

Letters of Inquiry are due no later than 5:00 PM on October 26, 2019. Learn More

2019 Priority Project Rankings

1 - Pateros Starr Road (Okanogan County - Opportunity Zone)
2 - Omak Municipal Airport (Okanogan County)
3 - Wenatchi Landing (Douglas County)
4 - Tonasket Annexation Phase One (Okanogan County)
5 - Tonasket Complete Street Initiative (Okanogan County - Opportunity Zone)
6 - Wenatchee Apple Capital Loop Project (Chelan and Douglas Counties - Opportunity Zone)
7 - Omak Shumway Road/Highway 97 Intersection (Okanogan County)
8 - Rock Island Waterfront Redevelopment Project (Douglas County - Opportunity Zone)
9 - Omak Business Park and Foreign Trade Zone (Okanogan County - Opportunity Zone)
10 - Pateros Downtown Mall Resurfacing (Okanogan County 0 Opportunity Zone)
11 - Entiat Marina and Waterfront (Chelan County)