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Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) Wins Prestigious Award


We’re thrilled to announce that the Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) has secured a well-deserved award for its outstanding efforts in regional development for its work in broadband infrastructure planning.

The award, presented by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), acknowledges the invaluable and transformative work carried out by Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) across the nation. TEDD’s achievements stand as a shining example of the positive impact that can be achieved through strategic planning and collaborative efforts.

TEDD, which has been working with Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) since 2022, has been making waves in economic development through its grant program applications and infrastructure development initiatives. This year, their hard work and innovation have earned them a place among the distinguished recipients of the prestigious NADO Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award. This recognition is a testament to the organization’s dedication and commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity in their community.

As a founding member of the Stevens County/Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team, TEDD has helped enhance broadband access and digital literacy within rural Northeast Washington communities. Harnessing funding from local, state, and federal sources, TEDD released a comprehensive broadband plan and improved regional digital literacy. These endeavors have enriched the community’s access to essential services while catalyzing the region’s economic growth and overall quality of life. TEDD has had national recognition for its collaborative model and direct influence on legislative milestones, including Senator Murray’s Digital Equity Act of 2019. The association’s active participation in high-profile engagements with political figures underscores its dedication to advocating for rural broadband solutions. Strategic alliances, like its partnership with NoaNet, have enabled TEDD to navigate intricate funding avenues and provide indispensable technical expertise, ensuring the sustainability of broadband implementations.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Tri County Economic Development District for this prestigious award and applaud their dedication to making a positive difference in their region. TEDD’s success is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and hard work in the field of economic development and broadband infrastructure investment.

For a comprehensive list of this year’s award recipients and to delve deeper into the exciting projects, partnerships, and accomplishments of TEDD and other awardees, NADO has developed an online Story Map. This interactive resource provides project summaries, partner information, and more, offering insight into the remarkable work being done in regions throughout the country.