In conjunction with the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) release of revised Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) guidelines, (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds) the NADO Research Foundation has compiled a library of examples to help Economic Development Districts (EDDs) navigate incorporating resilience to economic disruptions and other disasters into their CEDS.
EDA has amended the CEDS guidelines to include an economic resilience requirement because it is increasingly apparent that economic prosperity is linked to a region’s ability to prevent, withstand, and quickly recover from major disruptions to its underlying economic base. In addition, the CEDS process provides a critical mechanism to help EDDs identify regional vulnerabilities and prevent or respond to economic disruptions.
Many regions, especially those that have been heavily impacted by natural disasters or the downturn of a specific industry, have already begun incorporating aspects of resilience into their CEDS. These aspects may include:
- Detailed analyses of regional vulnerabilities in SWOT assessments;
- Inclusion of regional disaster preparedness and recovery efforts;
- Strategies to diversify the economy or realign the workforce to support emerging industries;
- Resilience objectives built off of statewide initiatives or related regional planning efforts;
- Or, all of the above.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY:
The NADO Research Foundation has reviewed CEDS prepared by our members and catalogued examples detailing how EDDs are currently addressing resilience. The library allows users to browse CEDS that incorporate resilience by state and topic.
Users of the library should first open the library’s index – an excel spreadsheet of information the NADO Research Foundation has compiled. This spreadsheet displays the name of the EDD that prepared the CEDS, the state, the organization’s website, and the topic areas related to resilience addressed in the CEDS (indicated by an “X” in each relevant column). Topic areas related to resilience include:
- Whether resilience is incorporated throughout the document or in a specific section;
- The type of natural disasters that the EDD is building resilience to;
- Assessment of economic shifts;
- Loss of industry/major employer;
- Economic diversification;
- And, workforce realignment, among others.
If a user finds a CEDS that is of particular interest, it can be located by simply scrolling down the webpage. All CEDS are organized by state and titled by the organization’s name. For example, under the “Alabama” heading you will find “Northwest Alabama Council of Governments – 2012 CEDS”. Each CEDS that is included in the index will be available on the webpage allowing users to explore the examples in more detail.
Start Here: CEDS Resilience Library Index
Central Arkansas Planning & Development Commission – 2012 CEDS (http://www NULL.capdd NULL.org/images/CEDS/CEDS-2009 NULL.pdf)
Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments – 2012 CEDS (http://www NULL.inrcog NULL.org/pdf/2012_CEDS NULL.pdf)
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (Main Document) – 2012 CEDS (http://www NULL.seirpc NULL.com/workWithUs/PDF/Final%20Draft%20CEDS%203-31-2014 NULL.pdf)
Pennyrile Area Development District – 2013 CEDS (http://www NULL.peadd NULL.org/files/PDF/planning/CEDS/2013/2013_CEDS_PeADD NULL.pdf)
Region Five Development Commission – 2013 CEDS (http://www NULL.regionfive NULL.org/cms/files/2013%20CEDS%20Update_FINAL NULL.pdf)
Northeast Ohio 4-County Regional Planning & Development Org. – 2013 CEDS (http://www NULL.nefcoplanning NULL.org/publications/CEDS/ceds%20full%20pdf NULL.pdf)
Central South Dakota Enhancement District – 2013 CEDS (http://www NULL.csded NULL.org/Public_Notices/CEDS NULL.2013 NULL.to NULL.2017 NULL.pdf)
Southeastern Council of Governments – 2014 CEDS (ttp://www NULL.nado NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SD-Southeastern-Council-of-Governments-SECOG-2014-Draft NULL.pdf)
Memphis Area Association of Governments – 2012 CEDS (http://www NULL.maagov NULL.org/images/stories/2012%20CEDS%20_FINAL_Hi-Res NULL.pdf)