Director of Economic and Community Development
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is now available.
What is a CEDS?
The Economic Development Administration, a bureau of the US Department of Commerce, promotes competitiveness in regions by promoting programs which enhance the economic vitality of towns & cities. They support initiatives such as the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to encourage intergovernmental and public/private sector collaboration.
For more information about EDA CEDS Guidelines visit: www.eda.gov/ceds
Brightfield’s Solar Charging Station at LOSRC Burton Street Agricultural Fair
BurntShirt Forestry Project Solar Hot Water at Annie’s Naturally Bakery
Broad River Terrace Apartments
How will we use our CEDS?
Through the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of our region, we can identify opportunities to advance economic vitality and encourage the development of new strategies through public and private partnerships. The Land of Sky Region has a wealth of assets in our people, heritage, and environment. The CEDS identifies emerging trends and opportunities that strengthen regional assets for strong, resilient communities.
Source: GroWNC FInal Report
When Does This Happen?
The 2015 CEDS was submitted to EDA on September 30, 2015. The 2015 Land of Sky CEDS builds on the 2012 NC Tomorrow Statewide Strategy to ensure connections among local, regional, and statewide efforts. The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils led a collaborative partnership with assistance from the US Economic Development Administration, North Carolina Department of Commerce -Division of Community Development and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development to create the NC Statewide Strategy for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development: www.nctomorrow.org
The 2015 Land of Sky CEDS incorporates WealthWorks principles. WealthWorks brings together and connects a community’s assets to meet market demand in ways that build livelihoods that last. The WealthWorks principles and approach is described here: www.wealthworks.org/basics/wealthworks-your-region-introduction
CEDS Strategy Committee Members
||GE - Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Representative
||City of Hendersonville
||Black Mountain Alderman, Burlingham & Harris, CPA
||Self-Help Credit Union
||Transylvania County Commissioner
||Blue Ridge Community College
||Asheville/Buncombe Chamber of Commerce
||Legacy Paddle Sports
||City of Asheville
||Mountain Area Workforce Development Board
||George Morosani & Associates
||Economic Development Administration
||AB Tech Small Business Center
||Area Agency on Aging
||Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
The following is a list of several of the organizations with whom we partner:
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- NC Department of Commerce
- Economic Development Administration
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Member Governments
- County Economic Developers
- The Community Foundation of WNC
- Conservation & Non-profit Partners
CEDS Reports, Presentations & Past Documents: