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 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Performance Report on October 30, 2015.  Annual CEDS performance reports are required for interim years between the 5-year CEDS updates.

Community & Economic Development Projects

The Commission is beginning its 2016 community and economic development project list solicitation.  The intent of the listing is to inventory all economic development-related projects 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.

To submit new projects to be included in the 2016 CEDS, please fill out the basic request form, and submit to Sarah Van Buren at  Please duplicate the form if you have more than one project to submit.

In addition, if you submitted projects during our 2015 inventory, review the 2015 Regional Project Inventory containing the project Information you provided and please send any updates to Sarah Van Buren at  The projects will also be included in the 2016 report.

All new and updated project information must be submitted to Sarah Van Buren at by 12:00 p.m. on August 17, 2016 to be included in the 2016 CEDS Performance Report.

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

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