Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

What is a CEDS?

A CEDS is a five-year economic development plan that follows the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) collaborative planning framework.

Why create a CEDS?

The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local government agencies, educational institutions, and private industry to engage in conversation about the County's economic future. Local leaders work collaboratively to address the County's challenges, shine a light on its opportunities, and ultimately improve economic prosperity for all. A CEDS also improves the County's and Cities’ potential to receive funds for infrastructure and other technical assistance from federal, state, and private foundations.

Why do we need another plan?

Kings County CEDS does not replace or compete with existing plans. Instead, the CEDS will align with and incorporate other plans that have been completed by the cities, county, and the region. The goals, objectives, initiatives, and projects in these other plans are acknowledged in the County's CEDS and incorporated into the Action Plan as appropriate.

Who is in charge of the CEDS?

The Kings County Economic Development Corporation (Kings EDC) is managing the CEDS process with assistance from an experienced consulting team. The CEDS vision, goals, and strategies are guided by a committee that represents the main economic interests of the region and includes public and private-sector organizations from throughout the cities, the county, and the region.

How can I participate?

As Kings EDC will work on the CEDS over the next nine months, staff will receive insights and suggestions from community organizations, businesses, and residents through various meetings, focus groups, interviews, and online surveys. You can participate in the process by submitting your comments to the county's economic development or consulting team.

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