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Entiat's waterfront project tops regional priority rankings

Trail and marina design are progressing. Construction on the trail, access road, parking area, and restroom is expected to begin in September.
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WENATCHEE -- Entiat's waterfront redevelopment plan is the top priority on the North Central Washington Economic Development District's annual ranking of regional projects of economic significance.
The rankings were approved by the District membership Feb. 8 after receiving a recommendation from a committee that reviewed and evaluated applications.

Three projects from throughout North Central Washington submitted Letters of Inquiry to the District for the ranking process. After committee review, two of the applicants were invited to submit a full proposal.

After careful review of the proposals, the committee ranked the projects based on a number of established criteria, including measurable regional economic benefits, measurable community benefits, fully developed plan and strategy, alignment with District goals and objectives, local and regional support.

The project rankings for 2012 are:
1. Entiat Waterfront Redevelopment- City of Entiat
2. Biomass 2 Energy

District resources, including letters of support and fund sourcing, have been allocated by the membership.

Since its inception, the North Central Washington Economic Development District has secured $765,000 in grant and low-interest loan funding for a variety of projects in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties as well as the Colville Tribe through this process.

The North Central Washington Economic Development District is the federally designated economic development district for the NCW region covering Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties and the Colville Confederate Tribes.