Welcome to the Wenatchee Valley Business World, a monthly business publication covering North Central Washington.

It’s now 2020 — a new decade and an opportunity to think about and plan for the future. It’s also a time to reflect on the past decade. What were the major trends? What impacted our economy, both negatively and positively? What stories will stick in the history books?

WENATCHEE — It was a sunny August morning and Drew Schick was doing yard work. Headphones on, he adjusted his sprinklers and mowed the grass in front of his home on River Park Avenue in North Wenatchee.

ORONDO — At this point, few people have seen it and even fewer have tasted it. But by next year there will be more than 2 million boxes of Cosmic Crisp apples on the market.