Take the survey! Rural Restructuring & Comprehensive Economic Study

North Cascades Highway DedicationWe need to hear from you! Since the opening of Highway 20 in 1972 and the creation of the North Cascades National Park and neighboring wilderness areas, the Methow Valley has been quietly restructuring from a sleepy, resource-dependent community at the end of the road, to a thriving bedroom community for second homeowners and outdoor recreationalists. New data on population trends, the number of homes built, and Covid-19 in-migration suggests that the Methow is in a state of flux.

As part of our mission to increase the economic and cultural vitality of the Methow Valley, TwispWorks is compiling data on the Methow Valley as part of a comprehensive economic study. The study aims to demonstrate how much tourism and second home ownership contribute to the economy. We need to know, for example, how many days on average second homeowners spend in the Methow to calculate their financial contribution to the economy. Likewise, we need to know how many remote workers we have in the Methow to understand their impact on the economy. Click here to participate in the survey

The structural changes occurring today will have a lasting impact on the Methow. We want to understand these changes so we can plan for a sustainable future. The results of this study will be open to the public and any organization making strategic plans. For those who’ve recently moved here and for those who grew up here, please take the survey this week. As we all saw in the recent elections, every voice really does matter.
If you have questions or comments regarding these surveys, email Julie Tate-Libby, Director of Programming at TwispWorks.