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Our Goal

The Regional Transportation Plan & Comprehensive Economic Development Plan will guide transportation, community, and
economic development planning activities for the Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) and Northeast Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (NEW RTPO). This plan will provide a comprehensive framework to align the goals and strategies of the region to achieve the best results for our members. This plan will be a collaborative effort across the three counties and tribes of Northeast Washington. Including Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties and the Spokane, Kalispell, and Colville Confederated Tribes.

This plan, once adopted by the TEDD/NEW RTPO Executive Board, will supersede the 2015-2019 Regional Transportation Plan (adopted September 2014), and the current 2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in fulfillment of the requirements of a long-range transportation plan and a comprehensive economic development strategy as laid out in federal legislation.

LEGAL NOTICE: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Tri County Economic Development District is soliciting qualifications and proposals from individuals and/or firms to perform a rewrite to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Northeast Washington, specifically covering Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties. For more information please contact Silas Rappe, srappe@teddonline.com, 509-684-4571

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) represents a combined multi-county (Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens County) effort to bring economic improvement to the area. The CEDS summarizes the area’s economy, provides geographic and demographic information, identifies potentials and constraints with development and outlines specific goals to improve economic development throughout the district.

The CEDS planning process is the result of work of the CEDS Committee comprised of members from all three member counties representing local government and private business, as well as agriculture. The CEDS process results in a five-year strategic plan for regional economic development that is updated annually. The report is submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for review and approval. Once the CEDS report is approved, the region may apply to receive funding assistance for public works and planning projects related to economic development.

Broadband Planning Component

Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) is seeking proposals from qualified professionals who are knowledgeable in research and development, planning, and data analysis for broadband planning for the Northeast Washington region. Throughout this RFP, Northeast Washington is defined geographically as the combined areas of Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties. The successful consultant will work with the Broadband Action Teams of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille Counties, and the Pend Oreille Public Utilities District to identify the gaps of service and needs. They will also coordinate with the Native American Regional Tribes: Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Kalispel Tribe.

A comprehensive broadband plan will contribute to effective economic development in Northeast Washington’s towns, cities, and counties through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning document. This plan, to be incorporated into the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s programs, and successfully serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors, including individuals, firms, and industries to create the environment for regional economic prosperity.

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LEGAL NOTICE: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Tri County Economic Development District is soliciting qualifications and proposals from individuals and/or firms to perform an update/rewrite to the Regional Transportation Plan for Northeast Washington, specifically covering Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties. For more information please contact Silas Rappe, srappe@teddonline.com, 509-684-4571.

Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a long-range plan that includes a review of the regional transportation system, issues of regional significance, relationships to other planning efforts, level of service standards, performance monitoring, current and future deficiencies, financial plan, regional transportation system improvement strategy and regional transportation plan implementation. In short, the RTP is a “blueprint” that guides the region’s state and federal transportation investments in the transportation system to reduce congestion, improve transit service and maintain freight access over a medium-long term time perspective.

In it, the goals and objectives and wide-ranging policies on which the Plan is based describe the major concepts that the region’s residents would like to achieve with the transportation system and reflects local desires for travel and transportation as expressed in these communities’ adopted comprehensive and master plans. This framework lays a foundation for the kinds of plans and projects that will provide the best transportation solutions.

With the help of Eastern Washington University, Department of Urban Planning and with WSDOT financial support, the 2015-2019  update of the RTP has been completed.