Goal: To develop the region’s ability to plan for prosperity.
- Support feasibility studies that identify opportunities to expand local capacity and resources for economic growth and vitality.
- Develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region.
- Develop and foster economic development partnerships with other organizations and businesses.
Goal: To increase the availability, skill level, and productivity of the region’s workforce.
- Identify locations and industries experiencing workforce shortages and needs.
- Work with Workforce Development Council, Work Source, the local Manufacturers Association, and other agencies to ensure an adequate labor force exists throughout the District.
- Partner with educational institutions (K-20) to increase the skill sets of the workforce and to ensure students become fully aware of local job availability.
Goal: To increase availability of housing options for the region’s residents.
- Support and encourage affordable housing throughout the region.
- Encourage the development of adequate assisted living and retirement facilities.
- Ensure affordable workforce housing is readily available in areas convenient to employment opportunities.
Community Development & Infrastructure
Goals: To encourage development, maintenance, and operations of facilities, utilities, and services necessary to support economic development.
- Work to increase the availability of zoned serviced industrial land.
- Facilitate the development of vibrant downtowns.
- Support, facilitate, and promote adequate funding for improved and expanded telecommunication, water and sewer systems, and the availability of other utilities.
- Ensure transportation modes including air, rail, river, roads, and public transportation are preserved, maintained, and improved.
Goal: To enhance economic vitality through recruitment, start-up, retention, and expansion of business ventures.
- Facilitate establishment of private business ventures in the region.
- Market the business attributes of the region.
- Promote the growth and sustainability of existing businesses within the region through identifying and addressing business needs.
Goal: To foster the development of visitor trade throughout the region.
- Support impact studies and feasibility studies related to tourism and increased visitor revenues.
- Support improvements and creation of appropriate tourism facilities and community tourism partnerships.
- Support efforts to increase the capacity to maximize visitor’s length of stay.
The Mission of the SouthEast Washington Economic Development Association is to promote economic vitality by creating and retaining jobs through business, tourism, and community development while preserving the culture and environment of the region.
Drawing on the rich heritage and natural resources of the region, the SouthEast Washington Economic Development Association is committed to enhancing economic vitality and an unparalleled quality of life through partnerships with business, civic interests, and government for the benefit of the residents of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Whitman Counties.
The SouthEast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) was established as a 501(c) 3 in 1985. The organization covers the four southeastern Washington counties of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Whitman. A Board of Directors, made up of representatives of each of the four counties, sets policy and the overall direction of SEWEDA. Staff reside and operate within each of the four counties.
In 1991, SEWEDA took on the role of the Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization (PRTPO) for the four counties. The PRTPO has both a Policy Board of Directors and a Technical Advisory Committee each having representation from all four counties.
Chad Miltenberger, Dean WWCC, Clarkston
Brian Shinn, Secretary,Asotin County Commissioner
Darrin Eberhardt, Wells Fargo Bank
Monika Lawrence, Mayor,City of Clarkston
Craig George, Mayor, City of Dayton
Norm Passmore, Columbia County Commissioner
Scott Peters, Columbia REA
Justin Dixon Vice-President,Garfield County Commissioner
Tara Hodges, Chamber/Obenlaw Insurance
Dean Kinzer, President,Whitman County Commissioner
Fritz Hughes,Pullman City Council
Alexa Makhani,WSU Foundation
Wanda Keefer,Manager, Port of Clarkston
Jennie Dickinson,Manager, Port of Columbia
Diana Ruchert/Larry Scoggins, Port of Garfield
Tom Kammerzell, Commissioner, Port of Whitman