Regional Economic Development

Find resources on economic development planning, engagement, and sample Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) documents.

  • Register for the Data Deep Dive Webinar Series

    Posted on: February 5th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

    To reach its full potential, a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds) should be grounded in accurate and accessible data that facilitates a region-wide conversation about economic development.  Without a solid understanding of key metrics, trends, demographics, and...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Lessons Learned from Coal Communities Across The Country

    Posted on: November 22nd, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    As communities and regions across the country address the impacts caused by the downturn in the coal industry, places that are actively pursuing economic diversification opportunities have become better positioned to take on the challenges that lie ahead. This recording...

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  • Aspen Institute Releases Rural Development Research

    Posted on: November 20th, 2019 by Carrie Kissel

    The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/programs/community-strategies-group/) has released the new research report Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America’s Rural Innovation Infrastructure (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/blog-posts/rural-development-hubs-report/).  The report is drawn from interviews with 43 rural development practitioners to address what...

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Creating CEDS and Other Plans that People Want to Read!

    Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    This webinar with the NADO Research Foundation (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org) and Formation PR + Brand (https://formationpr NULL.com/) shared tools and techniques that you can use to incorporate eye-catching and informative messaging, design, and imagery into your CEDS and other plans. ...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

    Posted on: July 8th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has the potential to be a true road map that brings together many voices from your region to form a common vision for economic prosperity and resilience.  Through the CEDS Spotlight case studies series,...

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  • “Lifting Up Communities through Economic Diversification” Presentations

    Posted on: March 26th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    One of the ways to become a more resilient region is through economic diversification.  Too many places throughout the country and the world have built economies around a single sector or industry, leaving them vulnerable to both immediate shocks and...

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  • “Afternoon with the CEDS” Workshop Materials

    Posted on: March 25th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    Over 50 participants from across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for the second annual “An Afternoon with the CEDS” workshop on March 20, 2019.  This workshop provided training on innovative approaches to Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www...

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  • WealthWorks Rural Economic Development Case Studies

    Posted on: March 11th, 2019 by Carrie Kissel

    This series of case studies examines how livelihoods are being improved and communities are undergoing development in a variety of economic sectors and rural places around the U.S.

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  • [Webinar Recording]: Unleashing the Economic Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing

    Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    Retail is shrinking, storefronts sit empty, and residents are underemployed. You know that the demand for retail and office space is changing, but you’re not sure what comes next. You worry about how to keep your youth from leaving town...

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