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2020 Census "Hard To Count Areas" Interactive

2020 Census "Hard To Count Areas" Interactive

Created from Known and Predictable Variables
It’s official – we are in the year 2020. Perhaps the most important thing regarding the convergence of data, every residents of the U.S., and federal funds will take place this year: the 2020 Decennial Census, which has taken “years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.”
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Mapping America’s Rental Housing Crisis

Mapping America’s Rental Housing Crisis

Examining the Two Main Pressures on Cost of Rent
From the start of the housing bubble to now, there is virtually no place left in the U.S. unaffected by housing costs, regardless if you are currently looking to buy or rent. While there are many reasons for this occurring, the mainstream media has perhaps focused more on home buyers than on renters. Our neighbors to the south in Oregon made...
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Pew Research: 5 Facts About Crime in the U.S.

Pew Research: 5 Facts About Crime in the U.S.

Crime Is Down While Perceptions Are It's Up
Perhaps one of the most common and safest positions in a political race is promising to be “tough on crime”. Keeping communities safe is a paramount responsibility of government, often reflected as one of the top budget expenses of a local or county government. 5 Facts About Crime in the U.S., a recent report and interactive website from Pew...
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Trends In Action

Agriculture Dominated Top Employing Sectors; Others Growing

In 2018, a little over 70% of the entire workforce in Chelan and Douglas Counties was concentrated in just five sectors: Agriculture, Government, Healthcare, Retail Trade, and Accommodation/Food Services. While there are some inherent risks associated with...
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Incomes in the Two Counties Reached Parity with the U.S. in 2018

In the world of income measures, there could be a far worse outcome than for an Eastern Washington community to find itself at the U.S. average. With the latest release of estimates from Census, that is essentially the 2018 story for the greater Wenatchee...
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Increasing Share of Non-English Speakers, with Some Questions

At the surface, some Trends seem like they tell more of a story than others. While this is likely true, diving below the surface provides insight into the implications, impacts, or consequences of each Trend on our community. One in particular is Trend 0.2.5: The Share of the...
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5-Questions With: Paul T. Moore

Q1. You’re a board member and now interim ED of the North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD). What are the main functions of the District?

A1. The NCWEDD recently updated its mission statement: “To foster an innovative and resilient economy for North Central Washington’s Businesses, Workers, and Families”. In our past we have pushed for economic improvements through education and partnerships, which is embodied by the NCW Tourism Summit, NCW Economic Forum, NorthStarOZ, as well as our relationship with Chelan Douglas Trends. We also have secured funding for ranked priority projects through the EDA, such as the Oroville Industrial Core Roadway project. Moving forward the NCWEDD hopes to improve upon these successes, but also branch out into more direct action to address economic needs.

Q2. Can you tell us the strategic priorities of the NCWEDD for 2020?

A2. The NCWEDD has four major strategic priorities in our 2019-2020 scope of work: analyze the regional economy through partnerships including that with CD Trends; define regional economic goals, such as through our Regional Priority Project rankings; determine economic development opportunities with workgroups like the NorthStarOZ; and formulate and implement a regional economic development program, a part of which includes our new Small Business Launch Competition called Supernova. The NCWEDD also continues its efforts on economic education through both the Tourism Summit and Regional Economic Forum.

3. What measures do you and the board use to track progress of the organization?

Holistically the NCWEDD tracks its progress as an organization through both quantitative and qualitative factors. Funding and partners secured for regional projects, and the jobs those projects create, are the primary measurement of any success. Other quantifiable measurements include participation in events and outreach. However, there are qualitative elements, such as the feedback we get from our various events, that we take to heart and implement to improve our programs.

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