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ECONOMIC DEVELPMENT GRANTS

 
Northern Wasco County PUD will be accepting applications for Economic Development grants until 5 p.m., May 3, 2013. Applications may be obtained by one of the following methods: at the Northern Wasco County PUD Office located at 2345 River Road, The Dalles; downloaded from the PUD’s website: www.nwasco.com; or by calling the office and requesting that an application be faxed or mailed. Questions should be directed to Kathy McBride, (541) 298-3302.
The Board of Directors will consider all requests received at their May 28th Board meeting. Applicants must: document non-profit status; not be a religious affiliated entity; and have not been funded more than twice in any five year period. Projects shall be for infrastructure or property with a life expectancy of at least five years and are located within the Northern Wasco County PUD service area. 
 The Board of Directors allocated $25,000 this year to help fund local economic development projects. No application can be for more than $10,000. Applications must include a brief history of the requesting organization and description of project, including how the project will economically benefit the community, what steps are being taken to bring the project to a successful completion, other community resources being utilized, and how the organization and project will contribute back to the community.
 A detailed budget of the proposed project, including contributions and labor, must accompany the application, as well as proof of “not for profit” status. Grants awarded for projects not commenced within one year of award, will be forfeited without special approval by the Board of Directors.
 “The purpose of the grants is to promote economic growth and the expansion or addition of business within the PUD’s service area.” We feel that qualified projects that enhance economic development and growth also enhance the quality of life and spirit of all within our community, and that is something NWCPUD is proud to be a part of”, commented Director Milt Skov.
 

 

 March 5, 2013

MOODY’S AFFIRMS NORTHERN WASCO COUNTY PUD

A1 BOND RATING

THE DALLES, OR – Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the A1 rating on Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District revenue bonds. After analyzing the PUD’s strengths and potential challenges, Moody’s concluded that debt associated with the PUD should be rated at the higher A1 level rather than A3, which is two tiers below A1. The Moody’s report states that the PUD has healthy financial metrics and will continue to exhibit financial strength. It notes that PUD’s local utility board has not raised rates in ten years, but that it is currently considering rates that will ensure sound finances as BPA rates increase in the future.
Northern Wasco County PUD General Manager Dwight Langer is pleased with the news and stated that "the PUD has worked very hard to be a good steward of the community-owned electric system and appreciates Moody’s recognition of these efforts. The A1 rating is a milestone for the PUD that demonstrates financial strength for the future and reflects positively on the whole community of The Dalles and Wasco County."

 

Economic Development Grants

PRESS RELEASE

  

March 19, 2014

Contact: 

Kathy McBride, Executive Assistant/Media Manager

(541) 298-3302, kathy-mcbride@nwasco.com

 

 

PUD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

 

Northern Wasco County PUD will be accepting applications for Economic Development grants until 5 p.m., May 2, 2014.  Applications may be obtained by one of the following methods:  at the Northern Wasco County PUD Office located at 2345 River Road, The Dalles; downloaded from the PUD’s website: www.nwasco.com; or by calling the office and requesting that an application be faxed or mailed. Questions should be directed to Kathy McBride, (541) 298-3302.

 

The Board of Directors will consider all requests received at their May 27th Board meeting.  Applicants must: document non-profit status; not be a religious affiliated entity; and have not been funded more than twice in any five year period.  Projects shall be for infrastructure or property with a life expectancy of at least five years and are located within the Northern Wasco County PUD service area. 

 

The Board of Directors allocated $25,000 this year to help fund local economic development projects. No application can be for more than $10,000.  Applications must include a brief history of the requesting organization and description of project, including how the project will economically benefit the community, what steps are being taken to bring the project to a successful completion, other community resources being utilized, and how the organization and project will contribute back to the community.

A detailed budget of the proposed project, including contributions and labor, must accompany the application, as well as proof of “not for profit” status. Grants awarded for projects not commenced within one year of award, will be forfeited without special approval by the Board of Directors. 
 

“The purpose of the grants is to promote economic growth and the expansion or addition of business within the PUD’s service area.”  We feel that qualified projects that enhance economic development and growth also enhance the quality of life and spirit of all within our community, and that is something NWCPUD is proud to be a part of”, commented Director Milt Skov.

 

 

Economic Development Grants
PRESS RELEASE
March 18, 2013
 
PUD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
December 10, 2009    RECORDS BROKEN
The Dalles, Or- For the second December in a row, Northern
Wasco County PUD reports peak power usage records have
been broken. On Wednesday, December 10th, power usage
topped an all time high of 113 megawatts.That tops last
winter's record s et on December 16, 2008
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July 5, 2007  PUD VOICES SUPPORT OF HYDRO SYSTEM 

At a recent Northern Wasco County PUD board meeting, the board took action to adopt a resolution supporting the Northwest RiverParner’s Green Dams Blue Skies campaign which supports a partnership for all uses of the Columbia River system – renewable hydropower, agriculture, commerce and recreation. 

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   April 30, 2007  PUD WINS NATIONAL AWARD 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2007— Northern Wasco County PUD is one of 48 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power ProviderTM (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association, headquartered in Washington, DC, for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

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 September 25, 2007 NWPPA EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION AWARD WINNERS

VANCOUVER, WA.-The Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) presented their Excellence in Communication awards at its annual Northwest Innovations Conference on September 25, 2007, in Sun Valley, Idaho.

     Now in its 14th year, the Excellence in Communication contest, the second-largest of its kind in the nation, recognizes the top communication efforts from member utilities from all around NWPPA's service territory, which includes 11 western states and two Canadian provinces.

     This year NWPPA received nearly 150 entries from 41 member utilities. Categories are broken up into four groups: Group A utilities having the smallest number of customers and Group D have the largest.

     In addition to the Excellence in Communication awards, NWPPA also presented the 2007 Tom Hougan Award for the best overall communication effort of the year. The judges selected Columbia River PUD to receive this year's award.

     Awarded by NWPPA on the 25th day of September 2007 a Certificate of Excellence in Communication was awarded to Northern Wasco County PUD. This award certifies that Northern Wasco County PUD placed second in the category of Media/ad Campaign, Group A.

 October 29, 2007 PUD EXPLORES POWER OPTIONS

Regional alliance may offer alternatives

By Kathy Gray of The Chronicle

Northern Wasco County PUD mostly likely will be looking for regional assistance as it explores the uncertain future of Pacific Northwest power supplies.

PUD commissioners met October 23 with John Saven, chief executive officer of Northwest Requirements Utilities, a firm that plans to develop power supply and transmission options for a number of regional ppublic power utilities.

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October 30, 2007  LOCAL PUD DIRECTOR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF STATE ORGANIZATION

 

     Northern Wasco County PUD Director, Howard Gonser, has been elected the 2008 President of the Oregon PUD Association in Salem, Oregon.

     The Oregon PUD Association (OPUDA) is an alliance of Oregon People's Utility Districts devoted to serving its customers and others interested in consumer ownership of their utility. Among other advocacy roles, OPUDA represents the six Oregon PUDs in legislative and related matters.

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November 5, 2007 NORTHERN WASCO COUNTY PUD PAYS ITS SHARE OF TAXES

 

     Northern Wasco County PUD expects to pay well over a quarter million dollars as its share of Wasco County property taxes -- to be exact, $275,690. Read All>