Montana West Economic Development is updating the Flathead County 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Community input is vital for this process. Thank you to everyone that attended one of the meetings in April and May to share your ideas about challenges and opportunities for the county. An online survey will be distributed as the next step in that process. Look for a link in early June. 

What is a CEDS?
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is local economic development plan that guides the economic growth of an area. The United States Economic Development Administration, (EDA) notes that the purpose of a CEDS is to help, “… create jobs, foster more stable and diversified economies, and improve living conditions. It provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic development.” A CEDS should result from a planning process that involves broad community participation to identify strengths, threats and opportunities in the region. Through this process, the CEDS will establish a vision for the community and include goals and the strategies that will help the community achieve this vision over the next five years.

Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1PM
MWED Offices
44 2nd Ave W., Kalispell

Monday, May 8, 9 – 10 AM
National Parks Realty
601 Spokane Ave., Whitefish

Thursday, May 11, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce
8155 Hwy 35, Bigfork

Friday, May 12, 9 – 10 AM
Lakeside QRU Community Room
201 Bills Road, Lakeside

Tuesday, May 16, 7 – 8AM
Columbia Falls City Council Chambers
130 6th St W., Columbia Falls

Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Flathead Electric Cooperative
2510 US Hwy 2 E.