The 2021-2025 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is now in progress. Here you will find documentation of our CEDS meetings, tentative schedules, and information on contributing and getting your project recognized for US EDA funding.

Tentative Meeting Schedules

All meeting times are 10:30-Noon EST

  • Meeting #1- Thursday, March 18th (virtual)
  • Meeting #2 – Friday, April 16th (virtual)
  • Meeting #3 – Thursday, June 24th (virtual)
  • Meeting #4 – Thursday, August 12th (virtual or in-person)
  • Meeting #5 – Thursday, October 28 (virtual or in-person)



Special CEDS Meeting

This virtual meeting was held in order for the Committee to vote on the adoption of the current CEDS draft. It was passed unanimously. The Central UP CEDS is available here.


CEDS Meeting #4

The public review period for the CEDS is closing and received comments and edits are being processed. It is the committee's hope that the October meeting will see the passage of the CEDS. The U.S. EDA announced funding opportunities through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which were shared with the committee. Details on these opportunities can be found in the presentation or on our EDA Funding page.  

Regional economic development updates were shared, which sparked a conversation on Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in and around the Upper Peninsula. 


  • Planning and Zoning for Electric Vehicles - Upcoming webinar with Brad Neumann, AICP, MSU Extension. September 16th, 2021.
  • Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop - YouTube, recorded December 2, 2020. Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), was a half-day virtual convening, designed to connect municipalities and business leaders in the Upper Peninsula. This is a discussion on what is needed to make Michigan “EV Infrastructure Ready."




Draft Available Now for Public Review

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Central U.P. draft is now available for public review. The CEDS is a guiding document meant to be a blueprint for the future economic development of the region with guiding principles for community growth. Regional partners have collaborated in order to identify strengths and assets, new opportunities, along with needs and risks to develop this plan to move our region forward, increase quality of life, and prepare for growth with measurable goals and objectives. 

Please email comments to our Senior Planner, Ryan Soucy, at rsoucy@cuppad.org, or use the contact form.


CEDS Committee Meeting #3

Bruce Moore, President and General Manager at Highline fiber internet joined to give a presentation on his goals and continuing work to bring highspeed fiber internet to the U.P. through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

During this meeting, progress on the CEDS plan was shared and the committee reviewed the Goals & Objectives section, making necessary changes and clarifications. Steady State and Responsive projects were discussed in length.

RDOF winners

CEDS Committee Meeting #2

This Committee Meeting was cancelled.


Central U.P. CEDS Committee Meeting #1

The Central UP CEDS Committee met and discussed the first draft of the CEDS. Strategies and action items were refined and new goals were taken under consideration. Some of our hottest topic areas focus on talent attraction and retention, manufacturing, and broadband internet infrastructure and access.

The public review for this document will be available on March 26th.

If you have a project to be included in the CEDS, please contact us.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation from this meeting here.

ceds cover preview draft

This year, we split the CEDS goals into five categories and created a specialized subcommittee for each:

  1. Resilient Regional Economy
  2. Talented Workforce
  3. Modern Infrastructure and Technology
  4. Excellence in Education
  5. Improving Health and Well-Being

We are currently forming these subcommittees and having meetings to refine and redefine goals to meet the region’s needs, taking a fresh look at our initiatives, and creating smart objectives that accomplish concrete results. Additionally, the CEDS will be an online document, one that can be fluid and change with the needs of the region. This information will be readily available upon completion at our information hub (in progress).



Through Mural we are looking for contributions and input in our SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis. Our SWOT Analysis will help us to focus on lacking areas and create meaningful goals for the entire central U.P.

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission