Action Plan 2017-2021

The first action plan developed by Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro includes 149 specific actions and seven major "game-changer" projects. More than 80 lead partners — a combination of nonprofit organizations, businesses, public agencies and community groups — are committed to seeing these programs and projects to fruition as part of a collaborative effort to improve the livelihoods of all in the Wenatchee Valley region.

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Updated Action Plan — 2018

Our Regional Housing Approach Game Changer

Our Valley Our Future has taken a lead role in helping alleviate the region's housing crunch. Here is a look at the Our Valley Housing Solutions Group, as well as articles, surveys and studies being utilized by the Housing Solutions Group as it researches and recommends ways to make housing more available and affordable in the region.

Housing Solutions Group to work on easing housing crunch
Summary of Our Valley housing survey results
Personal stories from the Our Valley housing survey Greater Wenatchee Urban Area 2016 Housing Study
 Bend, Ore., housing group recommendations
2016 Wenatchee Urban Area Housing Study
2017 Leavenworth Housing Study
Low-income Americans struggling in rental market
Region’s first co-housing rising in Spokane
Advocating for a middle-market housing supply
Seattle millennials consider moving due to housing costs
California reeling from severe housing crisis
Housing emergency declared in Grants Pass
Seattle, Portland housing ranked among the most unaffordable

Help shape the future of Our Valley!

You can contribute financially toward the grassroots success of Our Valley though our Mobile Cause crowdfunding campaign. No contribution is too small! Funds raised will go toward supporting Our Valley as it serves as a facilitator, organizer, advocate and steward — and, in some cases, a lead partner — for projects during the implementation phase.

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Our Reports to the Community

Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro has released several reports on community surveys it has conducted from 2015-2017. These surveys played a major role in shaping the Our Valley's Action Plan, released in November 2016, as well as work on individual projects since then.

Our Valley Workforce ReportSummary of Regional Housing Survey ResultsRegional Housing Survey ResultsSurvey Report Summer 2016Survey Report Fall 2015Community Stakeholder Report 2015

Our Valley Core Team

The Our Valley visioning, planning and development initiative is overseen by representatives from both the public sector and private sector. Here is the team:

Lori Barnett,
City of East Wenatchee

Norma Gallegos,
Hand-In-Hand Immigration Services

Steve King,
City of Wenatchee

Stacy Luckensmeyer,
Wenatchee Valley College

Shayne Magdoff,
East Wenatchee resident

Gustavo Montoya, El Mundo newspaper

David Olson,
Columbia Valley Community Health

Kevin Overbay,
Chelan County

Lisa Parks,
Port of Douglas County

Sara Rolfs,
The Wildfire Project

Steve Sandman,
Frontier Communications

Shiloh Schauer,
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Gil Sparks,
Community Foundation of NCW

Alan Walker,
United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties

Jeff Wilkens,
Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council

Allison Williams,
City of Wenatchee

Steve Maher,
Our Valley project coordinator

Press Row

Here are recent press releases from Our Valley: 
State supplemental budget includes $140,000 for Our Valley Our Future
Employers Struggling to Find Applicants press release
Our Valley forum to engage residents on regional housing solutions
Formation of regional trails organization a ‘game-changer,’ officials say
Cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee to make history
Our Valley announces first grant recipients
OUR VALLEY PLAN IN LINE TO BE COMMUNITY'S 'GOLDEN TICKET' OFFICIALS SAY
Our Valley receives Community Foundation grant to fund local projects
Our Valley to release community-shaped plan to improve region
Our Valley announces new name, Nov. 21   
Residents prioritize Our Valley projects, Aug. 15, 2016
Our Valley Think Tank to vet major projects, Aug. 5, 2016
Our Valley launches new surveys to prioritize projects, June 29, 2016
Our Valley to unveil community action projects, June 24, 2016
Our Valley convening lead partners, June 6, 2016
Our Valley comes up short in national contest, April 27, 2016
Our Valley heads to North Carolina for competition, April 21, 2016   
Our Valley releases strategies and action items, Feb. 29, 2016   
Our Valley to craft strategic actions, Feb. 4, 2016  
Our Valley survey finds residents calling for collaboration, Oct. 29, 2015   
Our Valley community summit to begin developing projects, Oct. 19, 2015

Resources

Here is a look at some innovative and collaborative efforts taking place in communities outside North Central Washington. These stories and videos are meant to inform and inspire.

How the Grassroots Saved Utah, Politico Magazine, January 2017
Outdoor Startups and the Role of Friendliness, startupbend.com, November 2016
Tech Firms’ Engineering Centers, Seattle Business magazine, November 2016
Nurturing a Creative Ecosystem in Bend, Ore., startupbend.com, September 2016
Republican Mayor’s Idea to Help the Homeless, Washington Post, August 2016
 Coeur d’Alene 2030: A Bright Future video, June 2016
 Coworking Spaces that Raise the Bar, Seattle Business magazine, February 2016
 Stewarding the Future of Our Communities: Hillsboro, Ore., Steven Ames, 2012

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