Request for Proposal:
Associate Development Organization Application and Designation

Pend Oreille County Board of Commissioners (County) is inviting proposals from experienced firms or organizations to act as the County designated Associate Development Organization (ADOs) through the period ending June 30, 2025. The purpose of the ADO is to drive sustainable economic growth, attract investments, foster innovation, and enhance the overall economic vitality of the greater Pend Oreille County area.


Pend Oreille County sits at the Northeast corner of Washington state and is the home to just over 13,000 residents. The County is home to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and five incorporated municipalities. The residents often refer to the County as the most beautiful part of Washington as it is home to the Pend Oreille River, and countless lakes and streams. With its beauty comes some challenges, more than 50% of the land in the County is publicly owned and therefore not eligible for any development. The County currently has a high percentage of low to moderate income residents and the unified message is that more jobs and affordable housing is needed. The largest employers in the County are all governmental or quasi-governmental organizations. There are very few large private employers in the County. The goal of the ADO is to attract more private employers to the area. The Pend Oreille County Economic Development Council is currently designated as Pend Oreille County’s ADO. This body has emphasized that to be successful, local engagement and participation is imperative to the function of the County’s ADO.

Submission Instructions

Proposals must be submitted electronically to by the submission deadline. Any inquiries regarding the RFP should be directed to no later than 3:00 p.m. November 10, 2023. The written responses to questions will be disbursed to all entities that submitted a request on November 20, 2023.

Download Forms

Download RFP Outline Download Exhibit A          RFP Score Sheet


Tentative Schedule

RFP Release Date: October 23, 2023
Inquiry Deadline: November 10, 2023
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 4, 2023
Evaluation Period: Week of December 4th, 2023
Finalist Presentations: Week of December 11th, 2023
EDC Recommendations to Commissioners: Week of December 18, 2023
Anticipated Selection Notification: January 2, 2024