The Economic Development Administration defines the CEDS as a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. A CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It is a key component in establishing and maintaining a robust economic ecosystem by helping to build regional capacity (through hard and soft infrastructure) that contributes to individual, firm, 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.

  • Executive Summary
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Background & SWOT Analysis
  • Action Plan
  • Performance Measures
  • Appendices

An approved CEDS is necessary for The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to retain its designation as an Economic Development District and for regional projects to be eligible for US Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to build infrastructure, support planning and technical assistance, and establish revolving loan funds. The CEDS framework also allows economic development stakeholders to better leverage limited regional

For more detailed information about this plan please take a look at ceds.ncentral.com – Any questions please contact Katie Lenze or call 814.773.3162 ext. 3060