Regional and Community Planning

Find tools to assist planners, economic development practitioners and those interested in sustainable development initiatives

  • “Moving the CEDS Forward: Communication and Collaboration” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: August 21st, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    After your organization has put so much time and effort into developing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com), the last thing you want is for no one to know about it! This 20-minute webinar lecture features key...

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  • RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure and Improving Quality of Life

    Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country.  Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support...

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  • Madelia Strong: A Case Study in Economic Resilience

    Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    On February 3, 2016, a fire swept through Madelia, MN’s Main Street in the middle of a snowstorm, destroying nine businesses. Today, recovery in the city continues. With more than $250,000 in local support, all eight buildings have been rebuilt,...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

    Posted on: May 24th, 2018 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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  • [Webinar Recording]: Getting the Most Out of StatsAmerica to Enhance Your CEDS

    Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    A foundational element of every impactful Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com) is the effective use of accurate and relevant data. The right data can make all the difference when planning, writing, implementing, and benchmarking your CEDS. It...

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  • “An Afternoon with the CEDS” Workshop Materials

    Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Staff from over 25 Economic Development Districts from across the country came together in Arlington, Virginia for “An Afternoon with the CEDS” on March 21.  This workshop provided training on innovative approaches to Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda...

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  • “Leading the Way on Resilience” Animated Video

    Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) has released a short, animated video that highlights the multiple roles that regional development organizations (RDOs) play in fostering and strengthening resilience in their regions.  Because no part of the country is immune from...

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  • Back By Popular Demand! CEDS Office Hours

    Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Economic development staff from any organization or tribe developing or implementing a CEDS are encouraged to participate in these free 1-on-1 phone calls with Nathan Ohle, executive director of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) (https://rcap NULL.org/) and former Senior...

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  • Webinar Briefing: Strengthening Economies in Our Nation’s Coal-Reliant Communities

    Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Despite the challenges caused by the decline in the coal industry and its effect on local communities, there is a powerful movement underway across the country as coal-reliant regions seek to change their fortunes through economic diversification.  With funding from...

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  • “CEDS Fundamentals” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    This tutorial provides an introduction to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds), discusses key elements of the CEDS, and covers information about engagement, implementation, and other resources to support your organization during the CEDS process. This presentation...

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