Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy (CEDS)


The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a five year roadmap for improving economic conditions and resiliency. This economic development focused “strategic plan” outlines goals and actions for the region, and is useful in applying for grant opportunities.

The Cascades West Economic Development District (CWEDD)  is in the process of updating its CEDS for the four-county region of Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. A Committee for updating the CEDS document has been appointed by the Boards of the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), and Lane Council of Governments (LCOG). The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) at the University of Oregon has been contracted to guide the Committee through the process.

CEDS Scope of Work

CEDS Committee Roster

Roles and Responsibilities

CWEDD Staff are working closely with IPRE throughout the process. Outlined below are more details on roles and responsibilities for the project:

  • UO IPRE Team –  Acts as guide through the CEDS update process by facilitating meetings and soliciting feedback on the update. Will do much of the behind-the-scenes work to update the document.
  • CEDS Committee (includes CWEDD Board, economic development partners, and interested parties) – Will provide guidance and feedback throughout the update process.
  • CWEDD/COG Staff  – Will work closely with the UO IPRE team to guide the process. Will provide written and verbal feedback on document drafts by participating in regular check-in meetings with the UO IPRE team.
  • CWEDD Board – Responsible for final CEDS adoption.

Committee Schedule

The table below contains the anticipated topics of discussion over the next six months. this may change. Regardless, all meeting and project materials will be posted on this website, so check back often for updates!

For CEDS update questions, please contact Aniko Drlik-Muehleck at

Remote Connection Details
9:00 – 11:00 am
Join via Zoom:
Phone: 669-900-9128
Meeting ID: 947 8234 0998

Meeting Preparation

In preparation for the meetings, please re-familiarize yourself with:

  • The SWOT Analysis (p. 7-12 of Volume I of the 2015 CEDS) – estimated reading time: 10min
  • The Action Plan (p. 13-20 of Volume I of the 2015 CEDS) – estimated reading time: 15min
  • The Action Item Forms (p. A-1 – A-32 of Volume II of the 2015 CEDS) – estimated skimming time: 5min

You can access the 2015 CEDS document by clicking HERE.

Contact Us

Nick Meltzer


Out of an abundance of caution, CEDS Committee meetings will be held remotely until further notice.