Cascades West
Economic Development District


The Cascades West Economic Development District (CWEDD)  is designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to work on economic development efforts in Linn, Benton, Lane, and Lincoln Counties. The CWEDD advocates for, supports, and coordinates regionally significant economic development activities in the Region. Staffed by both OCWCOG and Lane Council of Governments, the CWEDD prepared the 2015-2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to guide regionally significant economic development projects and activities over the next five years.

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

As part of its 2015-2020 CEDS update and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) requirements, a CEDS Economic Resiliency Appendix was developed. Concurrent with this regional effort, Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties have been at various stages of updating their respective FEMA compliant Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans. The CEDS Economic Resilience Appendix sought to incorporate high-level risk and vulnerability information from the mitigation plans into the economic planning context. The CWEDD Board directed staff to investigate opportunities to leverage existing public-private economic development partnerships. The goal of this project is to develop and test a new regional framework for engaging businesses in economic risk reduction and recovery planning.

Click HERE for the CWEDD HMGP Scope of Work

Click HERE to view or download the project presentation.

Other helpful links:
Restore Your Economy Website
EDA Economic Resilience

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Public Space Webinar Series

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Details:
          Thursday, November 12, 2020
          9:00 – 11:00 am 
          Via Zoom:
                Passcode: 2020
          Via Phone: 1-669-900-6833
                Meeting ID: 841 5144 1652
                Passcode: 2020

If you wish to attend as a member of the public, you can call or video in. If you require additional accommodations, or need assistance with zoom, please contact Emma via email or at 541-924-8405.

Contact Us

Nick Meltzer 


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update

The CWEDD has initiated the 2020-2025 CEDS Update. For more details, please click HERE to visit the CEDS web page.

Remote Meetings

Out of an abundance of caution, the CWEDD will not be holding in person meetings until further notice. Meetings will be held via zoom, and open to the public.

August 29, The Corvallis Gazette-TimesRegion poised to grow: Mid-valley could see big rise in residents in the next 50 years

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