2019 NCW Regional Economic Forum
2019 NCW Regional Economic Forum -- Fostering Inclusive Prosperity The NCWEDD hosts an annual gathering of regional experts and practitioners, and specialists from beyond the region to exchange ideas, learn about tools and strategies that can advance economic outcomes across the region, and challenge each other to think creatively and innovate solutions that respect the character of our communities while helping them progress and grow. SESSIONS WILL: Highlight innovative and replicable projects from across North Central Washington Feature strategies and resources that could be useful in our region Foster structured networking opportunities Provide hands-on workshops ______________________________________________________________________________ 9:00 Welcome & Housekeeping NCWEDD 9:15 Keynote Panel 1 The Geography of Opportunity (Zones) in NCW Moderator: Ron Cridlebaugh, Port of Douglas Panelists: Clay Gatens, JDSA Law Ernest Rasmussen, Colville Confederated Tribes 10:15 - 11:15 Morning Breakout Sessions Affordable and Middle Market Housing Initiatives Moderator: Kurt Danison Panelists: Steve Maher, Our Valley Our Future Ted Picollo, Northwest Native Development Fund North Star Opportunity Zones, Projects & Funds Moderator: Randy Agnew Panelists: Karen Francis-McWhite, NCWEDD Kyle Wiese, OZI Opportunity Zone Investments Health, Wellness and Inclusive Prosperity Panelists: Christal Eshelman, North Central Accountable Communities of Health Deb Miller, Action Health Partners Dr. Patrick Jones, Eastern Washington University 11:45 - 12:30 Keynote Panel 2 Research and Innovation in NCW - The Bridge Research and Innovation District Moderator: Steve Maher 12:45 - 2:15 Afternoon Workshops NCWEDD Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Workshop Moderator: Karen Francis-McWhite Career Connected Learning In Practice Moderator: Roni Holder-Diefenbach Panelists: Marcus Alden, Apprenticeship Advantage Steve King & Allison Williams, City of Wenatchee, City Council for a Day April Slagle, Chelan High School, Viticulture Program 2:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Coffee Service hosted by WSMA Microenterprise Development in Washington State Presenter:Lisa Smith, Washington State Microenterprise Association 2:45 - 3:30 Keynote Panel 3 Sustainable Development and Data Centers in NCW Organized by the Port of Douglas County 3:30 Closing NCWEDD Thank you to our: Regional Innovation Sponsors, Microsoft and Washington State Microenterprise Enterprise Association; Forum Sponsor, the Port of Douglas County; and our Community Sponsors, The Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Alliance of Okanogan County!
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