Frequently Asked Questions About TEDD

TEDD provide a variety of programs and services to support local communities, businesses and other organizations in the three-county service area:

  • Rural Opportunities Loan Fund program provides term debt financing for start-up and existing businesses in the three counties.
  • Business Incubator located in Colville, Washington provides business support services, counseling and education for clients who reside in the incubator.
  • Associated Development Organization – Ferry and Stevens Counties have designated Tri County Economic Development District as the agency responsible for implementing the Associated Development program through the Washington Department of Commerce. Primary responsibilities include business recruitment, expansion and retention, and assisting startup-up businesses.
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is an ongoing effort in the region brings the public and private sectors together to create an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies.
  • Northeast Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (NEW RTPO) is responsible for long-range multi-modal transportation planning for the three counties.
  • Tri County Economic Development Corporation (TC EDC) is a non-profit corporation that was created in 2011 as a supporting component organization in order to for TEDD to obtain eligibility for certain grants and other funding opportunities.

What other services are available?

The District serves as a repository for demographic and socio-economic data for the three-county area. The District staff is available to answer questions and to help you find the data you need. In partnership with Eastern Washington University the District has a new data tool – the Northeast Washington Trends Website.

  • The District staff is available to make presentations to community groups interested in economic development, learning more about the District activities, or other topics of special interest.
  • The District maintains the Keys to Success business resource library and computer lab and has a number of free publications on business topics available at the office(s) and on our website.
  • The District staff is available to facilitate economic and community development efforts in the communities we serve.
  • The District staff is available to review grant funding applications for communities or organizations prior to submission.

What is Tri County Economic Development District?

Tri County Economic Development District, established in 1969, is a federally designated Economic Development District of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. The District was created to encourage economic development in the region through planning, research and development. The District serves Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties in northeast Washington.

What is the mission of the District?

In order to sustain the highest quality of life for the people of Northeast Washington, the Tri County Economic Development District strives to develop a stable and diverse economy; to build partnerships between businesses, government and communities; and to assist businesses to grow, invest, create and retain jobs.

How is the District governed?

The District is governed by a Board of Directors with representation from municipal and county governments, public utility districts, the port district and the tribes. In addition, the Board of Directors includes representation from a number of other organizations with an economic development interest and representatives from the business community.

How is the District funded?

The District receives funding from Federal, State and local sources in the form of grants, contracts for service and local membership investments.

How many staff work for the District?

The District currently employs 4 people full-time as well as 2 part-time employees.

Where is the District office located and how do I contact them?

Colville Office:
986 South Main Street, Suite A
Colville, Washington 99114
Phone: 509.684.4571 or 1.800.776.7318
Fax: 509.684.4788
Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

How can I stay connected?

Visit our website for updated news or email to request specific information.

How can I get involved?

There are several committees and initiatives that would welcome involvement from community members. Here are a few that might interest you:

  • Become a SCORE volunteer
  • Assist with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Join the Microenterprise Development Committee
  • Join a Board committee
  • Participate in planning for Transit services
  • Work on developing trails
  • Assist with Recreation and Tourism development

Contact us directly to share your interest in getting involved with Tri County Economic Development District.