Our Valley Our Future offers up Highlights

– Our Valley conducted a Regional Housing Survey in July and August, and the findings will be released at 6 p.m. Sept. 20, during a “Where Will We Live?” Community Housing Forum at Pybus Market’s Events Center. The event also will kick off discussions about potential solutions to the region’s housing woes. About 1,700 people completed Our Valley’s housing survey. Of that number, more than 700 people took the time to write short personal stories about the housing challenges they and others are facing in the region.

Seating is limited. If you would like to attend the Sept. 20 Community Housing Forum, please RSVP to info@ourvalleyourfuture.org. Include your name and number of attendees. The deadline to RSVP is Sept. 18.

– Our Valley, Our Future awarded two more grants in early August: 1) A $5,000 grant to the Cascadia Conservation District to support new and existing Firewise communities in Chelan County and to communicate to the overall community the benefits of reducing wildfire risks. Cascadia Conservation District is the lead partner on the Long-Term Wildfire Recovery Initiative Project and the Healthy Forests & Wildland-Urban Interface Project – both of which are specific actions in the Our Valley Action Plan released last November. 2) A $10,000 grant to the WSU Wenatchee Research & Extension Center for strategic planning and a seminar series leading to the development of a Graduate Research Center in the Wenatchee Valley. Momentum is growing for this game-changer and its emphasis on utilizing the community’s existing assets!

– Several projects in the Our Valley Action Plan, which was released last November, have recently met with success:

  • Our first game-changer project, a Regional Trails Organization, has been completed with the formation of Wenatchee Valley TREAD! The nonprofit group’s main task is to advocate for and coordinate a regional trails system in Chelan and Douglas counties. Board members include Jeff Ostenson, Bob Bugert, Jennifer Korfiatis, Josh Jorgensen, George Velazquez, John Sobba, Travis Hornby, Mat Lyons, and Joel Rhyner. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, the lead partner on the game-changer, is providing TREAD administrative support.
  • The Chelan-Douglas Regional Bicycle Advisory Board has partially completed the Plan 6.2 Bicycle Amenities & Information action item with the publication of a new bike map. To check the map out online, please click here.
  • The City of Wenatchee has partially completed the Prosper 5.6 Waterfront Destination and Plan 3.1 Riverfront Redevelopment action items with the coming Hilton Garden Hotel that is being built next to Pybus Public Market.
  • Boys & Girls Club has partially completed the Live 3.2 Boys & Girls Club action item with the signing of a property lease agreement in Malaga for a new club facility.
  • And the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has completed the Prosper 5.6 Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study action item with the August release of the Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study of Chelan and Douglas Counties. For a glance at the study, please click here.

– Another upcoming event to put on your calendars: Our Valley, Our Future will release its annual report to the community on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 28. The event, which will include a social, will be held in the afternoon hours at a site TBD. Stay tuned for more!