2022-2026 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in our communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process. West Central Initiative updates the CEDS at least every five years to qualify our region for EDA assistance.
You can use the strategy as a guide to understanding the regional economy and to take action to improve it. The CEDS leverages other regional planning efforts, including the use of available federal funds, private sector resources, and state support that can advance our region’s goals and objectives.
Be Part of the Process
Over the next several months, we'll partner with stakeholders within our service area to draft the 2022-2026 CEDS. We're seeking a wide diversity of thought, experiences, backgrounds, and expertise.
If you have a vested interest in the future of west central Minnesota’s economic competitiveness and resilience, we invite you to participate.
Public Input Survey: We designed this ten-question survey to inform various components of the CEDS, including the SWOT Analysis, background summary, strategies, and evaluation framework. All survey participants will have the opportunity to opt-in to a drawing for a $100 gift card to the grocery store of their choosing.
Focus groups: From January to March of 2021, we're conducting nine focus groups, each providing a platform for stakeholders to contribute to specific topics. To ensure a diversity of thought, focus groups are designed by invitation only.
Public Plan Review: Once the initial CEDS update has been drafted using the survey, focus group, and youth competition results, we'll release the strategy for public comment.
Phase 1: Launch
Phase 2: Public input through focus groups and survey - We're here!
Phase 3: CEDS document drafting
Phase 4: Public input
Phase 5: Revise CEDS and submit to Economic development board for approval
Phase 6: Implementation
For more information on the CEDS public engagement process, contact Emily Reno (email@example.com) or Alexander Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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