A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a plan that emerges from a broad-based continuous planning process addressing the economic opportunities and constraints of a region. The guidelines for developing a CEDS include effective general planning practices that can be used by any community to design and implement a plan to guide its economic growth.
The CEDS for ECC’s region is required by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in order for ECC to receive yearly planning funds and in order to be eligible to apply for EDA funding. The CEDS committee is made up of members of ECC’s General Membership Board and includes public and private sector representation. The current CEDS was completed and approved by the ECC Board in 2012.