The Our Valley, Our Future / Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro community building initiative arose in late 2014 out of a desire to develop an overall vision and strategic action plan for the region, and to improve residents’ quality of life by creating a vibrant community while addressing some of our toughest challenges.
Built upon input from more than 5,000 residents and community leaders, this non-partisan initiative is a true grassroots, collaborative, values-based approach to breaking down barriers, finding common ground, combining and leveraging resources, and enhancing the region for years to come.
To date, Our Valley, Our Future has completed three phases of the initiative: Outreach (2015-16), Visioning (2015-16), and Planning (2016). It is now engaged in the Implementation Phase (2017-21).
Wenatchee’s Bridge Research & Innovation District is conducting a survey that will help build an inventory of research- and innovation-minded businesses, organizations and individuals in the community. Survey respondents must be engaged in research and/or innovation in some capacity. Creation of the research and innovation inventory is being supported by the WSU Center for Innovation and by Our Valley Our Future.
Our Valley Our Future’s ‘One Community’ Working Group has been meeting since May 2019 to research ways the community can further regional thinking and inclusion in the face of continuous change and challenges. Please click here for a Nov. 5, 2019, article written by Wenatchee World publisher emeritus Rufus Woods. Please click here for comments from a Sept. 18 roundtable attended by 35 community leaders. And please click here for comments from an Oct. 16 roundtable attended by 25 residents in their 20s and 30s. A final report from the One Community Working Group is scheduled to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.
The study analyzes the benefits of tech sector growth and the gaps that exist in the community for that sector. Please click here for the study’s final report. Please click here for a flyer capturing the study’s main findings. This study is one of the steps in the OVOF collaborative Technology Hub game-changer project.
Our Valley Our Future is considering adding six new projects and programs to the 2020 version of its Action Plan. Please take the survey here and let us know how big of a priority for the community you consider these projects. Those who complete the survey and enter their email address will be included in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to McGlinn’s restaurant.
The Bridge Research & Innovation District, one of seven game-changers in the OVOF Action Plan, has released its first strategic plan. Please click here for a look.
Our Valley Our Future sought feedback from residents about six potential new projects for the 2019 version of OVOF’s action plan. Please click here for a look at how important residents consider these projects.
The Our Valley Our Future Housing Solutions Group released its Housing Report on Nov. 16, 2018. Please click here for a PDF of the 60-page Housing Report and its 18 recommendations to add more middle-market housing in Chelan and Douglas counties.
The Action Plan developed by Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro is the guiding document and at the heart of everything the initiative and its lead partners are striving for. The Action Plan includes more than 150 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 Our Valley.