CEDS—Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

In partnership with the Cape Cod Economic Development Council and many other organizations, the Cape Cod Commission prepares the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Cape Cod, a five-year strategic plan.  The most recent CEDS five-year plan was completed in 2009. Through a collaborative process, the 2009 CEDS resulted in a coordinated action plan and a specific set of priority projects based on consensus. The Cape Cod Commission submitted the Final 2009 CEDS Report and Appendix were sent to the US Economic Development Administration at the end of June 2009. The EDA approved the CEDS in early summer 2009, and implementation has been moving forward since.

The Cape Cod Commission, as the regional planning agency, leads the CEDS planning. The Cape Cod Economic Development Council serves as the CEDS strategy committee. Municipalities, local and regional chambers of commerce, school districts, and private businesses participate. Numerous regional organizations involved in economic development are central to the process. The CEDS is built on the economic development goals of the Regional Policy Plan and identifies regional priority projects that will move the region’s economy towards a sustainable future. The most recent five-year plan benefited from intensive public participation with more than 100 individuals representing 61 organizations.