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COVID-19 Vulnerability of Washington Cities

COVID-19 Vulnerability of Washington Cities

Helping cities quickly assess vulnerabilities of residents
As you can imagine, there are countless data interactives on COVID-19 – we’ve shared them as well and will continue to do so only if we believe they are helpful to spreading the facts to help you make informed decisions. Why are data interactives so helpful?
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Urban Institute: Mapping America's Futures

Urban Institute: Mapping America's Futures

Test different scenarios to see the effect on population changes
One thing we can likely all agree on halfway through the year 2020 is very little appears average. Population growth or contraction are estimated using a variety of predictable variables so from one year to the next, there are not a lot of surprises. From decade to...
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U.S. Census: Young Adults and Higher Education

U.S. Census: Young Adults and Higher Education

Exploring higher education trends and employment prospects
Every aspect of life revolves around the act of learning. First, we learn to walk, then we learn to read. Eventually, between the ages of 18 and 34, young adults often choose to take an additional step to further their education. This higher education visualization ...
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Trends In Action

Average Annual Wage:

Steady, but slow growth

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) tracks data exactly as its name states, the employment and wages of all individuals in industries covered by unemployment insurance. From this series we can observe the upward trend of the average annual wage of workers at Chelan and Douglas County firms. And while trend is upward, it...
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Visitor Spending:

Travel & tourism uncertainty ahead

As the old saying goes, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” While this is probably more necessary the farther someone travels from home, it also reflects on how traveling, tourism, and vacationing is more expensive than staying home even when the distance...
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Residual Net Migration:

Our area logs a dramatic uptick

Communities grow via two routes. The obvious one is the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths every year. Demographers refer to this as the natural increase. The second path consists of the difference between people moving into an area and the number of people moving out. Since this number comes about as a by-product...
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5-Questions With:

Alyce Brown

Alyce Brown

Executive Director of the North Central Washington Economic Development District

Q1) Can you briefly describe the purpose of the Economic Development District (EDD)?

A1) The North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD) is a federally designated economic development district, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving the NCW region covering Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The NCWEDD is responsible for regional economic development strategy and planning and collaborates with various private and public agencies to accomplish this goal. The NCWEDD brings together the private and public sectors in a partnership necessary to provide a coordinated strategy and an ongoing economic development program for the region.

Our mission: “To foster an innovative and resilient economy for North Central Washington’s Businesses, Workers, and Families.”. 

Q2) The EDD has established a priority projects ranking. Can you tell us about the process?

A2) The NCWEDD has a Priority Projects Committee representing Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan Counties, and the Colville Confederated Tribes. The committee ranks the projects based on a number of established criteria, including measurable regional economic benefits, quantifiable community benefits, fully developed plan and strategy, alignment with NCWEDD goals and objectives, and local and regional support. Regional prioritization can result in different project emphases than those established on the county or municipal levels. The top projects will become part of the NCWEDD work plan, including researching, applying for, and administering grants. Comparable support for other ranked projects will be integrated into the NCWEDD work plan as resources permit.

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