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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Foothills Regional Commission is the lead organization designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to facilitate economic development planning and assistance in Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties and the municipalities located therein.

The key planning tool used in this effort is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and 2022 marks the time to update this five-year economic development plan for the region. According to the EDA, the CEDS is required for our region to maintain its status as an Economic Development District, which also unlocks access to key grants and other assistance.

The Ongoing CEDS Process

FRC staff are working closely with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and a CEDS Committee to develop a new CEDS for the foothills region. The final report is expected to be published in September 2023.

The 2023 CEDS procurement information is available here.

Foothills’ Existing CEDS

The 2022 CEDS Progress Report is available here.

Commission staff and regional partners completed the existing CEDS known then as the Foothills Regional Economic Development Strategy in 2017. 

That full plan is available here.

An at-a-glance overview of the plan may be viewed here.