Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The MAPA region is recognized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as an Economic Development District (EDD). As such, MAPA works to bring together partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to implement plans and strategies that aim to diversify the regional economy and strengthen areas where disinvestment has occurred. One function of the MAPA EDD is to establish a regional resiliency blueprint known as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

The CEDS planning process provides a coordinating mechanism for individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry to engage in meaningful conversation about the state and direction of the regional economy. MAPA’s CEDS is revised fully every five years, at which time a committee of local economic development stakeholders is convened by the MAPA Board of Directors to guide the planning process and provide technical expertise. The CEDS Committee is organized to represent the rural and urban economic interests of the five-county MAPA District.