Alabama Statewide Consolidated Economic Development Strategies: Planning for the Future

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

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The NADO Research Foundation’s report “Alabama Statewide Consolidated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies:  Planning for the Future” (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AL-CEDS-Report-FINAL NULL.pdf) addresses the role that Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) – in this case, Regional Councils – played in the Alabama statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process (http://ceds NULL.alabama NULL.gov/) and explores lessons learned that can be applied to future RDO attempts at creating statewide CEDS.

The Regional Councils in Alabama strive to improve the quality of life for their residents by obtaining funding for local government assistance, coordinating local governments’ responses to regional issues, and providing a wide range of services to the region’s governments and  residents.  Regional Councils have differing structures and program priorities, but each focus on areas of economic development and planning.

Collectively, Alabama’s 12 Regional Councils work across the State of Alabama (http://www NULL.alabama NULL.gov/portal/index NULL.jsp) by planning and implementing strategies that create opportunities for development and prosperity. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) of each of the Regional Councils reflects the goals, objectives, and priorities specific to their region or constituency.  The Alabama Consolidated CEDS (http://ceds NULL.alabama NULL.gov/) was developed by the Planning Task Force of the Alabama Association of Regional Councils (AARC) (http://alarc NULL.org/) to reflect the common vision, values, and goals contained in each regional CEDS and to serve as a comprehensive and representative statewide economic development strategy for the State of Alabama.

Click here to download the report (PDF) (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AL-CEDS-Report-FINAL NULL.pdf)

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