Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

    A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS, serves as a strategic blueprint for economic and community development across the region.

    MORPC has been working with regional partners – One Columbus, the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange, and economic development leaders across 11 counties – to develop and complete a CEDS. A completed CEDS will unlock important, new federal tools and funding sources and ensure the region is prepared for transformational economic development opportunities.

    Public Comment Period on Draft 2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

    The draft 2021 CEDS document is now available for public review and comment.

    Comments may be submitted by e-mail to tgeer@morpc.org or to: Ted Geer, MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. The deadline to submit feedback is 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.

    The development of the CEDS has been guided by a strategy committee of county economic developers, private sector representatives, transit agencies, higher education and workforce development stakeholders began meeting to further develop the CEDS.

    The CEDS includes actions on topics such as infrastructure investment, housing, broadband, mobility and more. Through it, the 11-county region will be further able to:

    • Align regional goals to meet EDA requirements and provide an economic assessment
    • Streamline resources to analyze and consider new opportunities for regional economic development funding
    • Plan for, respond to and recover from economic shocks and displacement
    • Attract more federal funding and technical assistance

    Next Steps

    After adoption, the final CEDS document will be submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for adoption. With a completed CEDS, the Columbus Region will apply for economic development district (EDD) designation, making available key tools and federal funding sources.

     

    More information on comprehensive economic development strategies is available here.

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