Economic Development Planning

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Read the 2017-2021 CEDS plan

Check out our county-by-county economic snapshot infographics

Learn about DevelopMN, a statewide economic development strategy


As part of its contract with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), West Central Initiative compiles a Comprehensive Economic Strategy (CEDS) plan for the Region IV Economic Development District of Minnesota. WCI works with the professional and volunteer community economic development staff in the region to develop this resource. It includes an overview of the area, its economy and local development initiatives, and an economic development breakdown, action plans and evaluation measures for each of the nine counties in our region: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

The CEDS is rewritten every five years and updated annually.


West Central Minnesota CEDS


CEDS Appendix


CEDS 2016 County-by-County Economic Snapshot Infographics


DevelopMN Statewide Strategy

  • WCI worked in partnership with 9 other regional development organizations to create DevelopMN, a comprehensive development strategy for Greater Minnesota.