Economic Development

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, including economic development goals and objectives and potential strategies for implementation.

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.

2023 CEDS Meeting Schedule*

– January 27

– April 28

– July 28

– October 27

*Meetings are generally scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM and held as web conferences.

Past Meetings

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

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 Map

There are 23 industrial parks or business parks identified in the counties of Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana. Lake County does not have any designated industrial or business parks at this time.

Industrial Parks Map