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The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development, and is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of a region. Development of the CEDS is led by WMSRDC, overseen by the CEDS Committee, and approved by the WMSRDC Board. As the designated economic development district for the counties of Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana, WMSRDC is required to maintain the CEDS annually and update it every five years.

Projects identified in the 2016 CEDS are listed below. Projects of Regional Significance are those that are considered to be potentially eligible for funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Community Investment Projects are those that may not be competitive for EDA funding, but are community priorities nonetheless. 2016 CEDS Project List

Projects of Regional Significance
Lake County EDC – Capacity Building (Lake County)
Technology Center Renovations (West Shore Community College)
Zephyr/Bosma Property Redevelopment (Muskegon Township & City of North Muskegon)
Infrastructure Improvement Project (Muskegon County)
Port of Muskegon Regional Logistics Hub Implementation (Muskegon County)
Industrial Redevelopment Project (City of Muskegon Heights)
The Stream Call Center/Training Facility (City of Newaygo)
Food Processing Cluster Infrastructure Project (City of Hart)
Agri-Food Technology Academy (Regional)
Regional Industry Cluster Analysis and Development Study (Regional)

Community Investment Projects
Lake County Museum & Community Center
Idlewild Community Development Projects
City of Ludington Water Filtration System Expansion and Upgrades
City of Ludington Convention Hall
City of Ludington Wastewater Outfall Pipe Relocation Project
City of Ludington Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Muskegon County Convention Center
Muskegon County Placemaking
Muskegon County Recycling Center
Howmet Playhouse Improvements
GTM for the Blue Economy