The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process. Economic development planning, as implemented through the CEDS, serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. Simply put, a CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. It can be a key component in establishing and maintaining a strong regional economy by helping to build economic capacity that contributes to individual, business and community success.

 

The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region.

 

The CEDS was developed through efforts of a committee appointed on November 22, 2016 by the WPCOG Policy Board. The WPCOG revisits the CEDS every five-years as required of all U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) designated Economic Development Districts (EDD). The CEDS Committee met numerous times in 2017 using extensive public input and stakeholder guidance to develop the new CEDS. On September 26th, 2017, the WPCOG Policy Board unanimously adopted the 2017 CEDS as recommended by the CEDS Committee. Below you will find the adopted CEDS. Work to implement the CEDS is already underway and regular status updates are anticipated to maintain momentum around the 25 strategies endorsed by the plan.

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Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy (CEDS)

Adopted 2017 CEDS

Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy (CEDS)
2015 Performance Report

Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy (CEDS)
Hickory Metro Region

Adopted - August 30, 2012

2012 CEDS &
2015 Performance Report

CEDS

Schedule

2017 - Updated

February 1 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 1, 2017 Presentation - 

CEDS Process & Regional Profile

CEDS Condensed Demographics Presentation for Stakeholders

Feb. 1, 2017

Meeting - Minutes

April 5 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

Apr. 5, 2017

Apr. 5, 2017 Presentation - 

CEDS Survey Results

Apr. 5, 2017

Meeting - Minutes

April 26 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

Apr. 26, 2017

Apr. 26, 2017 Presentation - 

Workforce Development Initiatives

Apr. 26, 2017 Presentation - 

Stakeholder Interviews

Apr. 26, 2017

Meeting - Minutes

May 3 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

May 3, 2017

CEDS

SWOT
Analysis

CEDS

Regional Resiliency

May 3, 2017

Meeting - Minutes

May 31 - Meeting

June 7 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

May 31, 2017

CEDS

Agenda

June 7, 2017

CEDS

Performance

Measures

June 7, 2017

Meeting - Minutes

August 2 - Meeting

CEDS

Agenda

August 2, 2017

September 26 - WPCOG Policy Board (CEDS Adoption)

CEDS Presentation for WPCOG Policy Board 9-26-17

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