[Webinar Recording]: Strengthening Connections Between States and Economic Development Districts

Posted on: November 17th, 2021 by Brett Schwartz

As pandemic recovery continues throughout the United States, there is a tremendous opportunity right now to better coordinate economic development planning efforts at the state and regional levels to drive prosperity and resilience.   The NADO Research Foundation and Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hosted a webinar highlighting how state economic development offices and regionally-based Economic Development Districts (EDDs) can better align their efforts, in particular by coordinating statewide economic development plans and regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).

During this webinar, you’ll learn more about the CEDS process from U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) staff and how it can support efforts to meet regional and statewide economic development goals. You’ll also hear how the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, located in Bangor and serving four counties, has forged a strong partnership with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development – an example of an EDD-state government collaboration that is leading to powerful outcomes for local residents and businesses.

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  • Bob Isaacson, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA (https://www NULL.creconline NULL.org/)
  • David Ives, Deputy Director, Performance, Research and National Technical Assistance Division, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Washington, DC (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov)
  • Heather Johnson, Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, Augusta, ME (https://www NULL.maine NULL.gov/decd/)
  • Lee Umphrey, CEO, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Bangor, ME (https://www NULL.emdc NULL.org/)
  • Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation, Washington, DC (moderator) (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org)

Additional Resources: 

  • U.S. Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Programs (https://eda NULL.gov/arpa/)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration Planning Program and the CEDS (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds)
  • CEDS Central Training & Resources (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com)
  • 2021-2025 Eastern Maine Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (https://drive NULL.google NULL.com/file/d/1N5PU2Lwru-x2tU19mgJIBOCBTl_ivmiQ/view)
  • 2020-2029 Maine Economic Development Strategy (https://nam12 NULL.safelinks NULL.protection NULL.outlook NULL.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww NULL.maine NULL.gov%2Fdecd%2Fsites%2Fmaine NULL.gov NULL.decd%2Ffiles%2Finline-files%2FDECD_120919_sm NULL.pdf&data=04%7C01%7Cbschwartz%40nado NULL.org%7C38862541f5b549c6e4b908d9a881c468%7C8072f21c6f0d489997927331ade058cf%7C1%7C0%7C637726098200487083%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=cZlNwn6TzDmqtWS10RhMUgZ4Saz7YyjiOwzTrPKjpEU%3D&reserved=0)
  • Maine Climate Council’s Four-Year Plan for Climate Action (https://nam12 NULL.safelinks NULL.protection NULL.outlook NULL.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fclimatecouncil NULL.maine NULL.gov%2Ffuture%2Fsites%2Fmaine NULL.gov NULL.future%2Ffiles%2Finline-files%2FMaineWontWait_December2020 NULL.pdf&data=04%7C01%7Cbschwartz%40nado NULL.org%7C38862541f5b549c6e4b908d9a881c468%7C8072f21c6f0d489997927331ade058cf%7C1%7C0%7C637726098200487083%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=pvqzNI0LJpMR7zi%2BXhqcKI3WjjdU5cES82pwxeADnfU%3D&reserved=0)
  • Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee. Recommendations to Sustain and Grow Maine’s Economy (https://www NULL.maine NULL.gov/future/sites/maine NULL.gov NULL.future/files/inline-files/Maine%20ERC%20Report_FINAL_11242020 NULL.pdf)
  • Office of the State Economist. Maine’s Economy During COVID-19: 2020 Year in Review (https://www NULL.maine NULL.gov/dafs/economist/sites/maine NULL.gov NULL.dafs NULL.economist/files/inline-files/2020%20Year%20in%20Review NULL.pdf)

This webinar was delivered through the “Enhancing State and Local EDD Engagement to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency” project prepared by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3070060 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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