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WMSRDC has been involved in economic development since its inception in 1970. The Commission's economic development activities became more focused in 1975, when it was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

WMSRDC is involved in a number of economic development activities including:
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
Required by federal enabling legislation to maintain the region's eligibility for federal development assistance, the Commission prepares the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (formerly known as the Overall Economic Development Program). The CEDS is a blueprint for the economic development of the West Michigan Region. The CEDS also lists and prioritizes major regionally significant economic development projects in the region.
Technical Assistance to Local Governments

The Commission reviews and evaluates the proposed projects in the CEDS with respect to available federal/state funding resources, and provides technical assistance to communities to implement these projects.

Industrial Park Survey
The Regional Commission also maintains an inventory of industrial parks and sites in the region. The West Michigan Industrial Parks and Sites Study is the first ever, comprehensive analysis of West Michigan's industrial parks and sites. It is also the first study to present a set of recommendations for future economic development infrastructure, in the two to seven year time frame, for West Michigan communities based on a comprehensive analysis and in consultation with local communities and county level economic development organizations.
Project Implementation Assistance
The Commission provides specialized assistance to local governments and the private sector in implementing economic development projects identified in the CEDS. Assistance can range from federal/state liaison to financial packaging to grant application.
For more information regarding Economic Development, please contact:
Erin Kuhn, Executive Director (231) 722-7878 ext. 18
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