Regional and Community Planning

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

  • “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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  • [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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  • National CEDS Forum (June 18-20, 2019)

    Posted on: February 15th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

    Program Agenda Available Here The first-ever National CEDS Forum will take place June 18 – 20, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus (https://www NULL.hyatt NULL.com/en-US/hotel/ohio/hyatt-regency-columbus/cmhrc).  This free event will bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional...

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  • CEDS Spotlight: River Valley Regional Commission

    Posted on: January 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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  • “RDOs: Supporting Water Infrastructure & Improving Quality of Life” Webinar Recording

    Posted on: November 26th, 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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  • “Strategies to Support Economic Diversification” Webinar Tutorial

    Posted on: November 13th, 2018 by Brett Schwartz

    Planning for economic diversification is an important undertaking to explore through your Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com).  Too many places throughout the country and the world have built economies around a single sector or industry, leaving them vulnerable...

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  • “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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