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The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS):

The “CEDS,” or Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, is a regional plan that helps to coordinate governmental efforts in the area such that they work together to improve the quality of life for area residents. The typical scope of a CEDS is broad, and can cover public infrastructure, entrepreneurship, workforce, community development, and other related topics. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is the region’s Economic Development District Organization, and as such, is the government agency responsible for developing the CEDS.

As a plan that directly serves the public and guides public investment, the CEDS has multiple points in its development for public engagement. For the 2023-2028 CEDS planning process, the CWCOG will host sessions around the region for members of the community to come learn about, and contribute to, the plan and process.


About the Public-Engagement Campaign:

In-person public-engagement sessions will take place at the locations following. On December 7th, 2022, CWCOG planning staff will host a virtual session on Zoom ( using the meeting information below. All sessions will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Members of the community are invited to contribute to the plan until December 31st, 2022, when this engagement campaign will close. A public- comment period will take place in early 2023. Please visit, or contact the Agency to learn more.

  • November 28th, 2022: McClelland Arts Center | 951 Delaware Street, Longview, WA 98632
  • November 29th, 2022: City Council Chambers | 200 E Scot Avenue, Woodland, WA 98674
  • November 30th, 2022: River Street Meeting Room | 25 River Street, Suite D, Cathlamet, WA 98612
  • December 5th, 2022: Commissioners’ Room, Port of Kalama | Administrative Office Building, 110 West MarineDrive, Kalama, WA 98625
  • December 6th, 2022: Castle Rock Senior Center | 222 2nd Avenue SW, Castle Rock, WA 98611
  • December 7th, 2022: Virtual, Zoom | | Meeting ID: 890 1852 1052 / Passcode: 12072022

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Economic Development Planning:

The CEDS Resilience and Recovery Update, as well as the currently adopted 2018-2022 CEDS, are available on the Agency’s website

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For More Information and to Contact:

For more information, and to contribute to the plan, please contact Brandon Robinson, Economic Development Planner at, or contact the Agency by phone at (360) 577-3041.