U.S. Economic Development Administration approval unlocks new suppport
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has announced that the application for an 11-county area in the Central Ohio region to be designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has been approved. The Columbus Region becomes the largest metropolitan area in Ohio to achieve this designation.
Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are multi-jurisdictional entities helping to lead the locally based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private, and non-profit sectors to establish an economic development roadmap for regional collaboration. A map of EDDs nationally is available here.
The Columbus Region Economic Development District (CREDD) encompasses 11 counties within the greater Columbus area, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties. CREDD will provide additional tools and partnerships to support the critical work of One Columbus, the Columbus Region’s lead private economic development organization, as well as efforts by communities, organizations, and businesses throughout the region.
On behalf of Central Ohio, MORPC applied for the designation last December and will be responsible for coordinating economic development, transportation, land use, and federal fund dispersal, among other responsibilities. Other collaborators include the City of Columbus, numerous communities across the 11 counties, the State of Ohio, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization, and One Columbus.
MORPC received approval from the USEDA for the designation of the Columbus Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) on Feb. 1, 2022, a prerequisite to obtaining the EDD designation.
According to the announcement from Alejandra Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, the U.S. EDA designation will serve as a foundation for future economic successes that will benefit families and businesses in the region.
To learn more about the Columbus Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, click here.