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

Meeting Goals

  • Provide space for feedback on the 2020-2025 CWEDD CEDS draft before it is formally adopted

Although we realize not everyone will have the capability, we highly recommend that you plan to join the Zoom meeting using the Zoom link (rather than dialing in with your phone). The meeting will be interactive and we will be sharing our screens at various points. Participating through your computer with your video will allow everyone to get the most out of our time together.

Meeting Preparation

Please be ready to provide feedback on the CEDS draft during the January 21st meeting.

What if I can’t make the meeting?

We realize not everyone will be able to join. You may still participate via the CEDS website by:

  • Reading through the 2020-2025 CWEDD CEDS Draft
  • Submitting comments no later than Tuesday, February 2, 2021 to Hard copy comments can be submitted via mail to: CEDS REVIEW, Attn. Nick Meltzer, OCWCOG, 1400 Queen Ave. SE Suite 205, Albany, OR 97322.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions (contact Aniko at, and we look forward to wrapping up a successful CEDS update process!

Contact Us

Nick Meltzer


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