The Region Five Development Commission seeks 10 projects to include as vital projects in its Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy.

The project submissions will be prioritized by a group of diverse regional leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The committee will select projects with regional significance that create economic vitality, environmental stewardship and quality of life.

Vital projects listed in the CREDS document allow access to U.S. Economic Development Administration funding as well as other federal grant programs. Being listed in this document shows alignment to a regional plan that is favorable to most federal, state or local funding agencies. Projects will be shared with multiple funding agencies to encourage these partners to invest in projects meeting regional goals.

Vital projects and ideas will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 30. To submit an application, visit

The R5DC Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy Committee will meet in October to review and prioritize projects, followed by a 30-day comment period. Contact Staci Headley at or 218-894-3233 for details.

To learn more about the 2016-21 CREDS, visit or

The Region Five Development Commission covers Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. Visit for more information.