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.

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2019 Call for Letters of Inquiry - Due October 9, 2018

Content instructions for the Letter of Inquiry are available here (pdf).

You may also preview the evaluation criteria used for the full application here. This preview is meant to help you determine whether your project is ready for a full application and regional ranking.

2018 Priority Project Rankings

1 - TwispWorks North Cascades Smoke Jumper Base
2 - Brewster General Sewer
3 - Port of Douglas Wenatchi Landing
4 - Omak Airport Water
5 - Twisp Civic and Emergency Operations Center
6 - Omak Shumway/R97
7 - Omak Stampede AND Omak Business Park/Foreign Trade Zone
8 - Winthrop Riverwalk
9 - Entiat Fire Station Park AND Entiat Waterfront Development
10 - Pateros Starr Road
11 - Entiat Housing
12 - Winthrop Trailhead
13 - Entiat Lake Marina
14 - Entiat Business Diversification