Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together the public and private sectors to diversify and strengthen regional economies by creating an economic roadmap. The CEDS should analyze the regional economy, serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, develop and implement a regional plan of action, and identify investment priorities and funding sources. A CEDS integrates a region’s human and physical capital planning in the service of economic development. Integrated economic development planning provides the flexibility to adapt to global economic conditions and fully utilizes the region’s unique advantages to maximize economic opportunity for its residents by attracting the private investment that creates jobs for the region’s residents. A CEDS must be the result of a continuing economic development planning process developed with broad-based and diverse public and private sector participation, and must set forth the goals and objectives necessary to solve the economic development problems of the region and clearly define the metrics of success. Finally, a CEDS provides a useful benchmark by which a regional economy can evaluate opportunities with other regions in the national economy.

Who should develop a CEDS? A Planning Organization seeking to formulate and implement a regional economic development program will benefit from developing a CEDS. Successful economic development efforts are based on a CEDS that provides an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (PWEDA), requires a CEDS in order to apply for investment assistance under the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Public Works or Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs.

The CEDS Summary of Requirements from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration provides additional information.

2014 – 2015 CEDS Annual Performance Report for Northeastern PennsylvaniaDownload
2013 – 2014 CEDS Annual Performance Report for Northeastern PennsylvaniaDownload
2013 – 2018 CEDS Five-Year Plan for Northeastern Pennsylvania – Download

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Steve Zaricki – Research & Information Manager


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