Co-Learning Plans allow community partners and professionals to research positive economic change in communities across the state. Two-time Co-Learning Plan author, Tony Willis, reflects on his experience, sharing: "As an economic developer, the Co-Learning Plans serve two much needed opportunities and purposes. First, it allows for me to research and present relevant topic matter to not only to my peers in economic development but also those in academia, government, and community development. Second, CLPs are a great source of inspiration for those interested in implementing innovative programs in their community. They have proven themselves as useful tool to better understand the mutual struggles different communities may face along with learning how the preserved (or not) and lessons learned in the process. It’s my opinion that REI is one of the important programs the EDA funds that supports education and sharing for the economic development profession."