National CEDS Forum (June 18-20, 2019)

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 by Brett Schwartz

The first-ever National CEDS Forum (https://docs will take place June 18 – 20, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  This free event will bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional organizations, tribes, and federal agencies for a mix of training sessions, tours, and networking opportunities. Participants will learn about the latest best practices and resources available to support their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning, development, and implementation.  Session topics will focus on economic resilience and diversification; accessing and interpreting data; aligning the CEDS with other plans; outreach and engagement; federal funding opportunities; and more.  Session planning is currently underway.  Click here for a draft agenda and stay tuned to this page for updates.

On June 18, join us for the tour “Back from the Brink: A Visit to Wilmington, OH” to kick-off the convening.  In November 2008, Clinton County lost its largest employer when the shipping company DHL ended operations there, leading to the loss of thousands of jobs almost overnight.  On this tour, learn how Wilmington and Clinton County have come back stronger from this economic shock by supporting local businesses, nurturing a regional food system, investing in renewable energy, and creating opportunities for young people to participate in local affairs.  Please sign up for this tour when you register.

(https://docs note that the CEDS Forum will be co-located with the National Regional Transportation Conference and will also include a variety of joint sessions and tours.

See you in Columbus!

Registration & Hotel Information

  • Click here (https://docs to register for free by May 15.
  • The National CEDS Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus (https://www  Click here (https://www to book your stay at our event room rate of $138/night.  The room block deadline is May 17.

We hope you can join us for what should be an informative and interactive event!  Please contact NADO RF Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado with any questions you may have.

This event is part of NADO RF’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions (http://www NULL.cedscentral program, supported through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda  Please visit our CEDS training and resource archive CEDS Central at (http://www NULL.CEDSCentral to learn more.

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