The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a blueprint for growing a regional, local, collaborative economy. It is a living document, adjusted annually and reevaluated fully every five years. The process builds leadership, enhances cooperation, and fosters public ownership and enthusiasm. The 2020 CEDS included the voices of nearly 200 diverse stakeholders from rural and urban communities, public and private sectors, and multiple industry sectors in the region.
The U.S Economic Development Administration (EDA) looks to a region’s CEDS when deciding on strategic investments, and to identify local private sector partners. The MRCOG uses the CEDS process to identify strategic issues and problems that can be addressed with appropriate technical support and resources.