(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
What are Chewelah’s priorities?
A Community Open House is being held at the Chewelah Civic Center on Nov. 12 as part of the WA Department of Commerce’s “New Approaches” pilot program. Organizers are hoping that from 3:30-7 p.m. that people can voice their opinions on what the priorities of the city should be.
This comes after the City of Chewelah was chosen by the WA Department of Commerce to participate in the pilot study to identify two priority needs of the city that could benefit by the state department’s community development programs.
The New Approaches pilot program was set up to identify ways the department could better work with cities with the greatest relative need and fewest resources.
The Department of Commerce screened all 39 counties, considering unemployment, income, demographics and lack of broadband and chose three cities from western, central and eastern Washington. Hoquiam, Chewelah and Toppenish were the three selected.
After a year, the Department of Commerce will pick two priorities that they can work with the city to solve. The Department of Commerce has more than 100 programs to help communities and business grow.
Free food and light refreshments will be provided at the Civic Center, which is located near City Hall.