November 4, 2016 – The Region Nine Development Commission’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties has been developed and is in a 30-day review and comment period. The CEDS is posted in accordance to EDA’s regulations found in the Federal Register at 13 C.F.R. part 303.

As the designated Economic Development District by the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the nine county area of south central Minnesota, Region Nine is required to coordinate and develop the CEDS for the region. This strategy is designed to be an action-based economic plan to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The strategies outlined are derived from locally-based, regionally-driven planning sessions with representatives from private business, higher education, labor, education, government and community-based organizations.

Questions and comments on the CEDS can be made to Danielle Walchuk, Region Nine’s Regional Development Planner, by phone at (507) 387-5643 or e-mail at The draft CEDS can be viewed at A paper copy will be made available upon request.