The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) was designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) in 1984 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). As an EDD, ECWRPC operates as EDA’s service provider through the Commission’s Economic Development program for the 10-county region.
The Economic Development staff offer a variety of services to member governments through Federal funding. Additionally, the staff is actively involved in facilitating economic development throughout the region and fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors. ECWRPC manages the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. This strategy allows the ECWRPC to identify and implement the projects necessary for economic development and to best leverage state and federal funds.
Since 1998, East Central staff has served as a resource for addressing housing issues within the region by providing housing related data, identifying and discussing housing needs and potential solutions to those needs with communities. Staff meets with supporting organizations, assists organizations with grant applications, and serves on housing related boards and committees. Additionally staff produces reports and fact sheets to help address or meet housing needs within the region. The intent of this program is to assist local housing authorities with strategic plans, facilitate the development of local comprehensive plans, and provide assistance and guidance to local governments, developers and other entities as they address housing issues.