(JARED ARNOLD/Chewelah Independent)
CHEWELAH’S GOT VISION: Department of Commerce will help Chewelah identify two priority projects…
Over 100 residents showed up with their big ideas to a Nov. 12 event at Chewelah’s Civic Center, and many of those ideas were transferred in bright colors and fun designs onto a oversized poster by an artist brought in by the Washington Department of Commerce (DOC).
The event, an open house-style meeting called “Chewelah’s Got Vision,” was hosted by Commerce and the City of Chewelah to gather ideas that the residents would like to see happen here. Many local leaders from the city, chamber of commerce, Tri County Economic Development District, the library and schools manned several “stations” where attendees could share their thoughts. The station leaders collected information about how long each of the attendees had lived in Chewelah, what they liked about the community, their ideas on new projects that would benefit the town and finished with a written survey.
The visioning meeting was part of the DOC’s pilot project called New Approaches, a program that will help the community identify two priority projects and provide technical assistance to guide those projects through planning, funding and, hopefully, completion. More