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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: Get Involved

FRC staff members are already working on data gathering and analysis to inform the CEDS planning process, and recruitment is ongoing for additional stakeholders and committee members to participate in this critical process.

We seek participants who represent a cross-section of business, education, government, and other stakeholder groups, including the main economic interests in the region. If you are interested, please contact Alan Toney at [email protected].

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.