Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

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, Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA provides financial assistance to designated districts, in part, for the purpose of developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the Region’s economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.

The CEDS document analyzes the East Central WI Region’s current economic conditions and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a region plan of action, and identifying community and economic development projects throughout the region that meet EDA investment priorities and pertain to various funding sources. It is a working document used by both the public and private sectors to provide leadership with a current picture of the economic state of the region.

The Commission unanimously adopted the 2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Performance Report on October 27, 2017.  Annual CEDS performance reports are required for interim years between the 5-year CEDS updates.

Community & Economic Development Projects

The Commission has completed its 2017 community and economic development project list solicitation. A complete list of projects submitted by counties, municipalities and partner organizations is provided below. The intent of the listing is to inventory all economic development related project in the region, and identify projects that may be eligible for EDA funding or other funding programs that could require assistance from ECWRPC staff to secure these funds.

For updates or questions, please contact Sarah Van Buren at or (920) 751-4770.

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