Case Study: Adding Value to the CEDS through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

New LogoIn the fall of 2010, the Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) (http://www NULL.regionfive NULL.org/) had just been awarded a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities) and was preparing to submit its five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/pdf/CEDS_Flyer_Wht_Backround NULL.pdf) update to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/).  Rather than viewing these multiple projects with varying reporting requirements as an incompatible challenge, R5DC saw an opportunity to redefine its approach to regional planning and economic development by pursuing better results. “We were already doing a CEDS.  We didn’t want to duplicate work and really wanted to add value to the CEDS” through the HUD planning grant efforts, says R5DC’s Executive Director Cheryal Lee Hills.

This short case study highlights R5DC’s efforts in integrating its HUD planning grant and CEDS development work.  It also provides helpful ideas for other regions seeking to pursue a similar approach.  Click here to download the case study.

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