The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is an important opportunity to engage with the US Economic Development Administration and other federal partners to receive infrastructure and technical assistance grants. However, it should be much more than just a static document developed only for your organization to become eligible for certain types of federal funding. It has the real 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.
EDA’s 2015 CEDS Content Guidelines encourage regions to embrace creative new approaches, platforms, and designs for the CEDS. Your phone or computer doesn’t look like it did 10 or 15 years ago, so why should your CEDS? Your organization has the real opportunity for the CEDS to be something that starts and builds a conversation about the future of your region, but if it looks and feels like a static bureaucratic document, you won’t get new residents involved or maintain the interest and enthusiasm of current participants.
Through the CEDS Spotlight case studies series, the NADO Research Foundation is highlighting best practices and innovative elements of CEDS planning, development, and implementation from EDDs and other regional development organizations across the country. Stay tuned as we feature a variety of CEDS that are embracing change and new approaches for improving their regional economic development efforts.
Do you have a best practice or innovative approach to developing, designing, and implementing the CEDS? Contact NADO RF Program Manager Brett Schwartz at [email protected].
This case studies series was created as part of NADO RF’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, prepared by the NADO Research Foundation using Federal funds under award ED17HDQ3030005 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.