Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy June, 2009 CEDS Committee: Nancy Warner, Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship Gail Howe, Mayor of Pateros Allison Williams, City of Wenatchee John Chelminiak, The Wilderness Society Goals and Objectives To create a relevant and usable regional economic development strategy that can be shared among partners Create a strategy that was generated by members and partners Consider outcomes from past work and studies including the Economic Summit Update/add contextual information • Tourism • Agriculture Health care, Arts and Culture and Affordable housing added in 2008 The process February 6: Process Started • Scoping: Municipalities, partners and organizations asked three questions: 1. From the perspective of your organization, in the past 12 months what went well? 2. From the perspective of your organization, what opportunities do you see on the horizon? 3. How can the NCWEDD best help your organization? Goals: • Identify strategic initiatives and opportunities • Revise multi-year action plan • Create annual action plan NOTE: Add’l scoping information New information received from IRIS • Provided for membership review • Will be added to final document Timeline January-February: • Scoping efforts with partner organizations to coordinate strategic plans Looking for duplication, identifying opportunities March-May: • Review scoping information and identify strategic initiatives Meeting to discuss initiatives and formulate action plans March 23 • Revise multi-year action plan • Update annual action plan Sent to committee for review/feedback on March 26 • Update contextual information • Distribute for committee review (May 8) June: • Review/revisions • Adoption by membership • Submit to EDA and partner organizations Scope regional strategic plans, Work on identified identify issues priorities and opportunities for synergy, review past work Revise CEDS, annual Gather additional plan, multi-year plan input and finalize CEDS as needed Scoping efforts Municipalities: * Douglas County * Chelan County * Okanogan County * Colville Tribe * City of Pateros * Town of Winthrop * City of Tonasket * City of Omak * City of Okanogan * City of Wenatchee * City of Entiat * City of Chelan * City of Leavenworth * City of Cashmere * City of East Wenatchee * City of Rock Island * Town of Bridgeport County economic development organizations: * Port of Chelan County * Port of Douglas County * Economic Alliance Scoping efforts Education: * WVC * SkillSource Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture * Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship * TNC * USFS * RC&D * TWS * Chelan/Douglas Land Trust * Methow Conservancy Private business: * Rich Uhlhorn * NCW Association of Realtors * NCW Business Loan Fund * Regional Chambers of Commerce Transportation: * WSDOT * WVTC/NCRTPO Colville Tribe Health Care: * Columbia Valley Community Health Technology: * GWATA Some common themes emerged… Foster regional entrepreneurship Evolve the concept of an informal regional coalition Facilitate dialogue on a regional level Next steps: Revise multi-year action plan Update annual action plan Objectives in multi-year strategic plan: Build capacity for O/M Outreach to public/agencies/organizations to promote organizational goals Facilitate communications to identify shared strategies and goals Identify projects for regional economic development Strategic/collaborative planning Facilitate regional entrepreneurship 2009-2010 Annual Plan Objectives: Objective 1: Organizational Development • Strategy 1: Develop staff capacity Apply to EDA for capacity grant Membership fees Overhead charges On-going effort through new partnerships and appropriate grant identification Entrepreneurship training/resource program could serve to build EDD capacity Economic strategy consulting • Strategy 2: Continue to update and further develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy on a regular basis. Prepare for committee review by May 15 Prepare for final submission to EDA by June 20 • Strategy 3: Work with other organizations to develop and offer facilitation, leadership, economic development, and other training opportunities as needed to build capacity and strengthen partnerships. 2009-2010 Annual Plan Objectives: Objective 2: Continue to build general awareness of NCWEDD goals, strategies, and projects • Strategy 1: Promote regional economic development perspective among partner organizations and community leaders. Provide three presentations by June 30, 2010 • Strategy 2: Continue an active outreach program to inform and explain the ongoing and developing Economic Development District to regional communities. Provide three presentations by June 30, 2010 • Strategy 3: Continue to develop media and communications tools to meet objectives for priority audiences Continue to update website as appropriate Create and distribute press releases as appropriate Create and distribute quarterly e-newsletter 2009-2010 Annual Plan Objectives: Objective 3: Facilitate communications to identify shared strategies • Strategy 1: Coordinate appropriate presentations for EDD monthly membership meetings to facilitate regional dialogue and awareness • Strategy 2: Evolve and promote the concept of an informal regional coalition Continue to identify and invite appropriate partners to regional economic development dialogue Gather information about existing and potential organizational models for sharing resources and strengthening collaboration Work to identify, establish and communicate roles within regional economic development 2009-2010 Annual Plan Objectives: Objective 4: Identify priority regional projects based on economic significance and alignment with EDD priorities • Strategy 1: Conduct outreach to identify missing or needed projects of regional significance • Strategy 2: Solicit regional priority projects Timeline to accommodate county schedules Project Prioritization committee members to select projects based on EDD objectives and forward priorities for regional prioritization process Identify three regional projects for NCWEDD involvement • Strategy 3: Promote projects of regional importance Adopt and publicize regional priority project list Hold regular member updates at monthly meetings to update on projects Provide support for appropriate regional priorities, as assigned by committee • Strategy 4: Adopt one project of regional economic significance for EDD-led facilitation Membership to consider regional cluster strategy 2009-2010 Annual Plan Objectives: Objective 5: Facilitate regional entrepreneurship • Strategy 1: Assume a lead role in facilitating regional entrepreneurship Convene group of identified and willing partners to further the initiative on a regional level • Strategy 2: Conduct a regional needs assessment to determine specific needs of regional entrepreneurs Identify gaps and opportunities on a regional level Draft regional action plan based on the conducted needs assessment and outlined gaps and opportunities Leverage identified and willing partners to address needs and opportunities • Strategy 3: Facilitate on-the-ground resources to enhance entrepreneurial efforts • Strategy 4: Continue and further partnership role with Wenatchee Valley College to continue development of a comprehensive entrepreneurial training program • Strategy 5: Identify opportunities to facilitate networking for regional entrepreneurs Other modifications: Additional photos Community quotes Addition of agriculture and tourism overviews Appendices listed as separate documents Next Steps: Adoption of strategy Submission to the EDA for approval Submission to partner organizations and membership Get to work!
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