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Development district ranks year’s top projects

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WENATCHEE — A regional economic development agency has ranked three large municipal projects as the region’s top projects for the coming year.

The North Central Washington Economic Development District announced last week that its top choices are:

• The Leavenworth Ice Pavilion, a project of the Leavenworth Ski Hill Heritage Foundation.

• Relocation of the state Department of Transportation headquarters from north Wenatchee Avenue to Olds Station, and eventual redevelopment of the property.

• Relocation of the BNSF Railway terminal from south Wenatchee to the Appleyard switchyard.

Rankings were based on impact to the regional economy, possible job creation, demonstrated community support and readiness to proceed with the work, said Jennifer Korfiatis, NCWEDD administrator.

Each of these projects has enormous potential to positively impact the economy of their respective areas, as well as the region,” said Korfiatis.

Top-ranked projects receive NCWEDD backing that includes letters of support, access to district resources and guidance in grant-writing and obtaining funding.

The NCWEDD is a federally-designated economic development district that covers Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes.


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