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Vision, Mission, Awards and Acknowledgments

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The City of Wenatchee's Vision Statement is:

"To create community through responsive leadership and services for the citizens and visitors of the Apple Capital of the World."

Awards or Acknowledgements

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The City of Wenatchee was recently mentioned on the CBS Early Morning Show as one of the top five places to retire in the nation.  See the clip here.


The September/October 2011 issue of "AARP The Magazine" features the City of Wenatchee as one of "10 Affordable Cities for Retirement."  Click here to go to the website and read the article. 

Sunset Magazine

The May 2011 issue of "Sunset" magazine featured the Wenatchee Valley as "Washington's Gourmet Valley." 

Northwest Travel


The March/April 2011 edition of "Northwest Travel" features Highway 2 "electrifying" in an article titled "Get a Charge on the 'Electric Highway'". 

The Seattle Times

Click here to read an article from The Seattle Times highlighting the sewage-treatment plant art project by Seattle artist Carolyn Law. 

Slate Magazine




The city of Wenatchee was mentioned in an article dated November 3, 2010, in Slate Magazine titled "The Cities We Want Part I:  Do we want urban spaces that are big or small?  Spread out or compact?  New or old?" written by Witold Rybczynski.  It states:  "Places such as Wenatchee, a hundred miles from Seattle at the eastern foot of the Cascade Mountains, are characterized by natural surroundings (deserts, lakes, mountains, rivers), moderate climates, and a degree or urbanity that belies their small size and their often remote location.  (Wenatchee boasts a symphony orchestra, a community theater, and the Apollo Club, a men's choral group)."  Follow this link to read the entire article.


Wenatchee Rated No. 1
by BusinessWeek
Best Housing Market
in 2007

Median home price:  $250,000*

One-year change:  15.7%
Five-year change:  79.01%

Wenatchee was notably rated #1 in BusinessWeek's December issue which assessed "The Best and Worst Housing Markets of 2007".  BusinessWeek reviewed 40 markets across the U.S. that performed the best and worst in terms of price appreciation in the third quarter of 2007, compared to the same period in 2006.

Home prices in the U.S. increased by just 1.8% in the third quarter of 2007, compared to the same period a year ago, the worst showing since 1995. But metropolitan areas’ annual performances varied from a 13% decline to a nearly 16% jump.

*Chelan County median provided by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research

Country Home

“Country Home”
Magazine rated Wenatchee #5 in the nation in the 2008 - Top 25 Best Places to Live – Best Green Cities in America

American Main Street

The historic Downtown District of Wenatchee was awarded “The Great American Main Street Award” in 2003 by the National Trust Historic Preservation.

American Planning Association

The City of Wenatchee Waterfront Sub-Area Plan received the 2004 Merit Award for Plans from the American Planning Association.
Make a Difference Day

The annual celebration promoting volunteer good works--helping your neighbors, your schools, your community--is sponsored by USA Weekend, 541 newspapers and The Points of Light Foundation.

The Wenatchee area has been a leader in the Make A Difference Day Program since the program's inception. In 1992, our local efforts led us to receive the first national award for a Make A Difference Day community.

The Wenatchee Valley received "Encore Awards" for outstanding Make a Difference Day efforts in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2002, as well as an "honorable mention" for work in 1994.

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

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