Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS)

The purpose of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy and to qualify the region for additional EDA assistance. A section within the CEDS identifies other economic development initiatives at the state, regional, sub-regional, and local levels. The goals and actions identified within those efforts are supported by those outlined in the recently adopted CEDS. The CEDS analyzes local and regional economies and serves as a guide for promoting regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources.

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy - 2017



CEDS Projects in Northeast Wisconsin

Bay-Lake Regional Plan Commission annually conducts a request for economic and community development projects from communities in the region’s eight county area. We are sending this request to all towns, villages, and city clerks, and a number of local planning and economic development staff members. The purpose is to gather local and regional input on projects that could be included in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS document provides an economic development strategy for the region and a basis for applying to EDA for project funding.

We are asking for you to review your community’s project priorities, and list up to five projects anticipated to begin in the next three years. To expedite the project request process, we are using an electronic request form located here:  Community CEDS Survey.

We hope this will be more convenient for you and we appreciate your participation. If you could please respond no later than Friday November 16, it would be greatly appreciated. Additional information about the EDA program can be found here: EDA Funding Eligibility Map.

If you need to speak with us, or have trouble using this questionnaire please don’t hesitate to email Elizabeth Runge or call at: (920) 448 – 2820 x 107.

Thank you in advance for your time and information. 


Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) was formed in 1979 when the Commission became an Economic Development District of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The committee is comprised of Economic Development professionals who represent public, nonprofit, and private entities from throughout the eight county region, and is updated annually. The primary roles of the EDAC are to oversee the annual community economic development project survey and to revise and update the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The EDAC helps create goals and strategies for the region and develop ways to implement these within the CEDS.