Economic Development Planning

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

As part of our contract with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), West Central Initiative compiles a Comprehensive Economic Strategy (CEDS) plan for the Region IV Economic Development District of Minnesota. We work with professional and volunteer economic development staff to develop this resource.

The document includes:

  • An overview of the area.
  • Economy and local development initiatives.
  • Economic development breakdown.
  • Action plans.
  • Evaluation measures.

The CEDS is rewritten every five years and updated annually.

2022-2026 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

We partnered with stakeholders within our service area to draft the 2022-2026 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. We're seeking a wide diversity of thought, experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to reflect on the region's economic development approach. If you have a vested interest in the future of west central Minnesota’s economic competitiveness and resilience, we invite you to participate.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy


Economic Snapshot Infographics

DevelopMN Statewide Strategy

  • WCI worked in partnership with nine other regional development organizations to create DevelopMN, a comprehensive development strategy for Greater Minnesota.