Welcome to the Chelan-Douglas Trends Newsletter

Beth Stipe

Beth Stipe

Executive Director, Community Foundation of North Central Washington

10-years ago a small group of community leaders gathered to begin a data sharing project around key quality of life indicators. The goal was to be able to provide the data in a new manner that showed trends and gave all citizens the opportunity to use quality data for decisions. Over 300 people eventually participated in selecting the trends and the Chelan Douglas Trends came to be. 10 years later we are still learning and sharing this data and ever expanding knowledge in our region. We see the trends being used in a variety of ways from government to the nonprofit sector. Welcome!

Trending News

New Data Shows The Result of Violent Crime

New Data Shows The Result of Violent Crime

The Washington Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) just launched a new interactive website focusing on crime, poverty, education, and health. The SAC Mapping Tool website offers 12 different indicators with data available for each county in the state. A few of the indicators are common, such as population, share graduating from high school, household income, unemployment, and poverty.
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Men & Women, Money & Work

Men & Women, Money & Work

Based on data, we know the "typical" U.S. male worker earns more than the "typical" U.S. female worker employed in the same occupation. What is typical? What can drilling deeper into a variety of different occupations and educational attainment levels tell us? Looking at the gender income gap occupation by occupation might be very time consuming and tedious. However, data visualizations...
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New State Financial Intelligence Tool

New State Financial Intelligence Tool

The Office of the Washington State Auditor has a new tool for Mr. and Mrs. John Q. and Martha Q. Public to go for government financial accountability information called the Finance Intelligence Tool (FIT). This data has always been (and still is) available through the Local Government Financial Reporting System (LGFRS), also provided by the Washington State Auditor. FIT presents data from a...
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Trends In Action

On-Time High School Graduation Rate Exceeds State Rate

Completing high school is arguably one of the most important milestones in a person’s life. Statistically, those with a high school diploma compared to non-completers: will earn less money, are more likely to be unemployed, are less likely to have or afford health insurance, and are more likely to experience incarceration at some point in their lives. Additionally, GED’s are more difficult to earn as expectations, standards, and costs have...
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Higher Education Enrollment Similar To, But Below Benchmarks

The decision to attend college almost always includes a cost / benefit analysis, not just financially, but the time commitment too. Learning is arguably the most important aspect of college, but quite frankly, increasing earning potential in the future is probably more of a motivator than learning. National studies have consistently shown that college enrollment has broad and quantifiable social and economic impacts for the individual...
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Free and Reduced Price Lunch Enrollment Decreasing

The average cost difference between a full and reduced price lunch is about $2.50. This may not seem like much but for some students this could be the difference between going hungry or have proper nutrition for their studies. The cost for a school lunch in Chelan and Douglas Counties is roughly $3.00 but roughly just 2 out of every 5 students are paying that due to the free and reduced price lunch program. Understanding how many students...
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5-Questions With:

Jim Kuntz

Jim Kuntz

Executive Director, Port of Chelan County

 

Q1: As a business development organization, the Port must follow a set of key metrics. Can you tell us the top five performance measures for the Port?

A1:

  • Are we attracting new private investments?
  • Is the Port helping to facilitate new Jobs?
  • Are the new jobs at a wage level that will support a family?
  • Are we making strategic infrastructure investments that makes the communities we serve attractive to new investments?
  • Are passenger enplanements at the Pangborn Memorial Airport growing?

Q2. Can you briefly describe the strategic plan of the Port, with a focus on the next 12 months?

A2. The Ports of Chelan and Douglas County have agreed to a functional consolidation as of January 1, 2020.  Between now and the end of this year significant staff time will be devoted to standing up the new Regional Port Authority of Chelan Douglas County.  We also do not want to lose our focus on delivering economic development services to all the communities we serve including those in our most rural areas of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

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