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  Economic Development

Cascades West Economic Development District (CWEDD)
CWCOG manages the federally-designated Economic Development District for Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Lane Counties. We develop and implement the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, advocate for economic development needs, and coordinate a network of economic development partners. We also develop projects and seek funding for them. Highlights of our recent activities can be found by c
licking HERE to view our 2013-14 Annual Report on Community and Economic Development Activities.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Regional information, issues and opportunities, and activities to improve the economy are reported in the 2010-2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Detailed CW CED work plan and status report are available HERE and an outline of priority initiatives and current needs is available HERE.

Economic Development Network
The CED Committee serves as a regional forum, frames economic development priorities, and assists in project/strategy implementation. Regional economic development leads and key contacts for common business development-related queries are published in the
Business Referral Network 

OCWCOG works with partners to help expand industrial sectors. The Linn-Benton Food Processing Incubator Implementation Plan was prepared by the USDA-funded Willamette Food Processing Consortium.

Regional Industrial Site Readiness/Wetlands Mitigation
Wetlands lay on almost all vacant industrial zoned land in Linn & Benton Counties. An Impact Analysis identified that time and cost unknowns related to wetland permitting were an impediment to siting industry. Six cities and the State helped CWCOG's clarify regional demand for industrial land and how to address potential wetlands on those lands. The team is now pursuing a Regional General Permit and mitigation banking strategies.
Contact Fred Abousleman for further information: 541/924-8465 or fabousle@ocwcog.org.

Regional Wetlands Permit Status - December 2012
Wetlands Effort Status Report summarizes findings through May 2011
Framing Wetlands Issues & Opportunities presented by Pam Silbernagel, OCWCOG, May 2011
Understanding Recruitment Interests Presented by Jill Miles, Business Oregon, May 2011
Preparing Sites for Industrial Development presented by Michael Williams, Business Oregon, May 2011
Regional Industrial Lands/Wetlands Assessment
Regional Wetlands Mitigation Impact Analysis

An analysis of industrial location readiness identifies how partner cities are competitively positioned and provides recommendations on how to improve that position. Find their April 2010 presentation HERE and written summary HERE.

Advocating for Economic Development needs
CWEDD partners with other Oregon EDD's. See multifaceted local support available through the Districts HERE