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Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro has released several reports since 2015 to assist game-changer projects, to provide updates on operations, and to boost community discussions. Browse latest press releases and media coverage for more information on our latest projects.

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NCW Equity Alliance forms to assist other organizations in region with DEI work | August 24, 2021

WENATCHEE — After nearly a year of planning and research, a group of community members has officially launched the North Central Washington Equity Alliance, an organization meant to serve as a resource and advocate on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in the region.

OVOF and NCW Libraries holding online forum series | April 26, 2021

Our Valley Our Future and NCW Libraries have partnered on an upcoming series of online forums centered on what people see as the greatest needs in their community, and what ideas they have to make life better for all.

Our Valley Our Future launches community visioning and planning project | April 7, 2021

WENATCHEE — Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro announced today the launch of its “Our Valley, Stronger” community outreach, visioning and planning project that will help drive pandemic response, recovery and rebuilding work in the region for the years 2022-26.

Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro presenta nuevo proyecto comunitario de visión y planificación | 7 de abril del 2021

WENATCHEE — Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro/Our Valley Our Future anunció hoy el lanzamiento de su proyecto de planificación, información y visión comunitaria, titulado “Nuestro Valle, Más Fuerte,” el cual ayudará a conducir la respuesta, la recuperación y la reconstrucción de la zona tras la pandemia, durante los años 2022 a 2026.

"Housing in Our Valley" Panel Series to Kick Off | March 4, 2020

WENATCHEE — A panel of local lenders will discuss financing available for first-time homebuyers and those looking to buy townhomes, condos and other types of diverse housing as part of a panel discussion from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 12 at Wenatchee City Council chambers.

Housing Solutions Group takes a look at how housing faired | February 28, 2020

WENATCHEE — Fifteen of 18 recommendations meant to add more middle-market housing in the region saw movement in 2019, their first full year of implementation, according to a “Housing in Our Valley” report released today by the Our Valley Our Future collaborative nonprofit and its Housing Solutions Group.

OVOF to focus on advancing regional thinking, inclusion, collaboration | February 20, 2020

WENATCHEE — Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro will focus on advancing the One Community Game-Changer project during 2020, the nonprofit collaborative organization announced today.

Six new projects added to community's plan | February 13, 2020

WENATCHEE — Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro has added six new projects to the community’s Action Plan, the collaborative nonprofit organization announced today.

Discussion on quality and equity in schools | January 22, 2020

WENACTHEE — The highest performing educational systems are those that combine quality with equity. They give all children opportunities for an excellent education. In late 2014 the Our Valley, Our Future / Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro community-building initiative identified a need to engage the public in a conversation about educational quality and equity as part of a regional strategic plan to improve the standard of living while addressing some of the areas toughest challenges.

Partners to pitch their projects at Pybus Market | July 19, 2018

WENACTHEE — The highest performing educational systems are those that combine quality with equity. They give all children opportunities for an excellent education. In late 2014 the Our Valley, Our Future / Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro community-building initiative identified a need to engage the public in a conversation about educational quality and equity as part of a regional strategic plan to improve the standard of living while addressing some of the areas toughest challenges.

State budget includes $140,000 for Our Valley Our Future | March 13, 2018

OLYMPIA — A final supplemental operations budget agreed to by the state House and Senate includes $140,000 for the Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro community development initiative.

Our Valley group begins task of helping ease housing crunch | November 6, 2017

WENATCHEE — Our Valley, Our Future has formed a working group to develop recommendations aimed at making housing more available and affordable in the region.

Local employers struggling to find qualified applicants, survey finds | October 3, 2017

WENATCHEE — Local employers are finding it difficult to fill jobs, in large part due to the lack of basic skills exhibited by applicants in such areas as work habits and communication, according to an Our Valley, Our Future workforce needs assessment report.

Our Valley forum to engage residents on housing solutions | September 7, 2017

WENATCHEE — Our Valley, Our Future / Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro will release the results of its regional housing survey and ask residents to help begin developing solutions for the region’s housing woes at the “Where Will We Live?” Community Forum at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Pybus Market’s Events Center.

Formation of trails organization a 'game-changer,' officials say | August 15, 2017

WENATCHEE — The Our Valley, Our Future community building initiative announced today the completion of two key Our Valley projects designed to boost outdoor recreation in the region.

Cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee to hold historic meeting | February 21, 2017

EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee and East Wenatchee city councils, and their respective planning commissions, will meet on Feb. 28 to discuss Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro projects and to build on increased cooperation between the two entities.

Our Valley Our Future announces first grant recipients | February 14, 2017

WENATCHEE — Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro has awarded its first grants to organizations leading projects and programs in the Our Valley Action Plan.

Our Valley plan in line can be community's 'golden ticket,' officials say | December 16, 2016

WENATCHEE — When Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro announced it had landed a $130,000 grant at its action plan unveiling luncheon in late November, the applause from those gathered at the Wenatchee Convention Center was long and sustained.

Our Valley receives Community Foundation grant to fund projects | November 30, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley Our Future has been awarded $130,000 over the next three years by the Community Foundation of NCW to support projects and programs identified by the community through Our Valley Our Future that aim to improve the region’s quality of life.

Our Valley, Our Future to release community-shaped plan | November 29, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley, Our Future / Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro will release its first Vision and Action Plan at a luncheon Wednesday at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Our Valley announces new name | November 11, 2016

WENATCHEE — The community visioning and planning project formerly known as Our Valley What's Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue has a new name: Our Valley, Our Future/Nuestro Valle, Nuestro Futuro.

Community prioritizes projects in Our Valley survey | August 15, 2016

WENATCHEE — Residents in Chelan and Douglas counties want the community to collaborate more, find ways to build more affordable housing, and capitalize on outdoor recreation as a way to attract business, according to a new survey conducted by the Our Valley What's Next visioning and planning initiative.

Our Valley 'Think Tank' begins reviewing major projects | August 5, 2016

WENATCHEE — A Think Tank appointed by Our Valley What’s Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue has begun vetting major community projects to help determine whether the projects are viable.

Our Valley launches surveys to help prioritize community projects | June 29, 2016

WENATCHEE — Following a successful open house attended by more than 100 residents Tuesday evening, Our Valley What’s Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue launched a series of online surveys today to further collect information from the community on which Our Valley projects should be prioritized.

Our Valley to unveil 156 community action projects on Tuesday | June 23, 2016

WENATCHEE — A list of 156 community improvement projects developed by Our Valley What’s Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue will be unveiled to the public for the first time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Pybus Public Market.

Our Valley convening potential lead partners for 156 projects | June 6, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley What’s Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue is bringing leaders of more than 70 organizations together Thursday morning to introduce them to community projects they’ve been identified with as potential lead partners.

Our Valley comes up short in ABC national competition | April 27, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley What’s Next came close but ultimately was not chosen one of eight finalists in the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition today in Durham, N.C. Our Valley did receive a consolation prize of $25,000, however.

Our Valley heads to North Carolina in search of prize | April 21, 2016

WENATCHEE — An Our Valley What’s Next delegation will head to Durham, N.C., early next week to pitch the community’s revitalization plan at the America’s Best Communities competition.

Our Valley releases strategies, action items to improve region | February 29, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley What’s Next/Nuestro Valle Que Sigue has released its initial list of 28 strategies and 98 potential action items that are part of a long-term vision to sustain and revitalize local communities in the region.

Our Valley to craft strategic actions for community | February 4, 2016

WENATCHEE — Our Valley What’s Next is embarking on the next phase of its community planning initiative by forming Action Teams that will develop a comprehensive action plan to achieve Our Valley’s vision. The plan is expected to include a number of strategies and specific actions that address the local economy, the
lives of residents, and more.

Our Valley survey finds residents calling for more collaboration | October 29, 2015

WENATCHEE — Residents see a clear need for stronger community collaboration, particularly among government and public agencies and among cultures, a survey by a local non-partisan planning group has found.

Residents to start shaping future of 'Our Valley' | October 19, 2015

WENATCHEE — Residents will begin crafting a long-range vision, initiatives and projects for the Wenatchee Valley area at a community summit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Pybus
Public Market.

Media Coverage

"Our Valley Our Future report calls on region to collaborate like never before in the face of unprecedented challenges"

The Wenatchee World | September 29, 2020

"Group forms to address race, equity and inclusion issues in the community"

The Wenatchee World | August 3, 2020

"Our Valley Our Future identifies 2020 priority"

The Wenatchee World | February 26, 2020

"Our Valley Our Future to show Twisp documentary"

The Wenatchee World | February 11, 2020

"Survey underway to help create regional research inventory"

The Wenatchee World | January 17, 2020

"Our Valley study shows us ways to grow our tech sector"

The Wenatchee World | November 17, 2019