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Economic Development

The Commission’s economic development program, funded in part by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides assistance to member counties and communities to continue the diversification of their local economies through the creation, attraction, expansion, and retention of jobs.

The Commission serves an Economic Development District for the Economic Development Administration. Our role is to market the EDA programs, solicit potential projects from communities within the Region, act as a liaison with the EDA staff, and assist in the preparation of applications.

The EDA Public Works or Economic Adjustment programs have distress criteria that must be met for eligibility. The map below shows the locations, by census track, in the Bay-Lake region that meet the distress criteria of EDA. Additionally, areas that are Opportunity Zones in the region also meet the distress criteria.

EDA and Opportunity Zone Maps:
Interactive web map
Printable PDF map

Links to EDA can provide further detail on the eligibility requirements and criteria:
EDA Investment Eligibility
Opportunity Zones

Additional grant opportunities:
Ongoing grants

For more information on economic development, please contact:

Sydney Swan, Community Assistance Planner
Phone: (920) 448-2820, Ext. 108