Economic Development Planning

Economic Development Planning

West Central Initiative is the region’s Economic Development District (EDD). An annual planning grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) enables us to carry out the EDD activities for the region. 

Two major components of fulfilling the role as the region’s designee include:

  1. Providing technical assistance to communities invited by the EDA to apply for grants for public works infrastructure.
  2. Submitting an approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

An EDD Board of Directors governs the Economic Development District. The board consists of the West Central Initiative Board of Directors and elected officials representing units of government from the region. 

The focus of the economic development program is to improve the quality of life in west central Minnesota by helping communities develop plans for where they would like to see themselves in the future and by promoting community/economic development through the creation, retention and improvement of high quality jobs.