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Economic Development

Through a planning grant provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Program develops and maintains the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. A group of local leaders from all sectors of the population guides the process. In addition, grants are packaged for public works projects and technical assistance.

UMVRDC CEDS Annual Report 2016

Click the link to view a PDF of the Region 6W 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

EDA’s Mission:

To lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.


Develop MN is an initiative of the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO) who in 2015 released a plan outlining collaborative strategies for growth and prosperity in greater Minnesota. The UMVRDC shared in the development of this plan and will continue to actively participate in the implementation bringing new opportunities, alliances and resources to the UMVRDC region. This plan for greater Minnesota creates the frame work that all regions will use to update their local Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). In 2016 the UMVRDC will implement a CEDS update process for the region. For questions, comments, or for interest in participating in the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) update please contact Dawn Hegland


DevelopMN Plan 2016-final

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