Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
Required by federal enabling legislation to maintain the region’s eligibility for federal development assistance, WMSRDC prepares the annual CEDS (formerly known as the Overall Economic Development Program). The CEDS is a fact book and 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.
CEDS Strategy Committee
As a part of the CEDS planning process, the WMSRDC organizes the CEDS Strategy Committee to oversee the development and implementation of the document. The committee is required to “represent the main economic interests of the region,” and typically includes representatives from a variety of sectors, such as: economic development, public officials, community leaders, workforce development, higher education, minority/labor, private business, nonprofit, and education.
2021 CEDS Meeting Schedule*
– January 29
– April 30
– July 30
– October 29
*All meetings are tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and held as web conferences.
Technical Assistance to Local Governments
WMSRDC reviews and evaluates proposed projects in the CEDS with respect to available federal/state funding resources, and provides technical assistance to communities to access those resources and implement projects. Assistance can range from federal/state liaison, to financial packaging, to grant application. When considering EDA as a potential funding source, it is highly recommended to contact WMSRDC early in the planning process to facilitate project development and communication with EDA representatives.
WMSRDC Industrial & Business Park Inventory
WMSRDC maintains an inventory of industrial and business parks in the region. There are 23 industrial parks or business parks identified in the inventory in the counties of Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana. Lake County does not have any designated industrial or business parks at this time. Some information listed in the inventory for each park includes millage rates and local incentives; available utilities, infrastructure and acreage; and current tenants and contact information. This inventory is updated on an annual basis.