The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has released new CEDS Content Guidelines as part of updated federal regulations that went into effect on January 20. The Content Guidelines provide a clear, streamlined framework to assist Economic Development Districts and other interested parties in crafting an effective and impactful Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). They include recommendations on what should be included in each of the required sections (Summary Background, SWOT Analysis, Strategic Direction/Action Plan, and Evaluation Framework), and suggest useful tools, resources, and examples. The Guidelines also emphasize the importance of incorporating the concept of economic resilience into the CEDS.
On February 26, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar, “Innovation and Opportunity: A Closer Look at the New CEDS Content Guidelines” which discussed EDA’s new Guidelines and covered other resources and strategies available to regions to drive economic development and resilience. The recording and presentation slides are available below.
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- David Ives, Sustainability/Planning Coordinator, Economic Development Administration
- Brian Kelsey, Director of Economic Development, NADO
- Megan McConville, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation
- Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation
This webinar was conducted with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.