Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)


A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a requirement to apply for assistance under the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment programs. The MAPA CEDS is designed to present a roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy through the collaboration of public and private sectors.

The CEDS also provides benchmarks by which MAPA and local stakeholders can evaluate conditions compared to other regions across the nation. MAPA is responsible for submitting a full plan update to the EDA every five years, which was last completed in 2014.

The committee is responsible for reviewing the CEDS document, establishing goals and objectives and will be charged with submitting annual CEDS updates to the Economic Development District (EDD) Governing Board. The 2014 MAPA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was developed with leadership from the committee. This core planning committee satisfies federal requirements through its broad representation of the economic interests of the region, involvement of private sector representatives, and inclusion of key delegates representing workforce, education, and minority interests.

  • Ann Birch, Community Development Director, City of La Vista, Nebraska
  • Matt Garst, Vice President, Security National Bank
  • Paula Hazelwood, Senior Director-Business
  • Sean Johnson, Executive Director, Gateway Development Corporation
  • Scott Keep, Presidentt, Metropolitan Utilities District
  • Randy Lenoff, President, Seldin Company
  • Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Enterprises
  • Matt Mancuso, Director of Corporate Training, Iowa Western Community College
  • Lonnie Mayberry, Vice President, Land Surveying Services, Inc.
  • Julia Parker, Executive Director, Omaha Small Business Network
  • Ron Tekippe, Vice President, HGM Associates