A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for South Central South Dakota is the result of a local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of the region. It is produced yearly with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration (EDA).
According to the EDA, the CEDS must be the result of a continuing economic development planning process, developed with broad based and diverse community participation, and contain the following:
The CEDS process helps create jobs, fosters more stable and diversified economies, and improves living conditions. It provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic development.
The CEDS process is required for every region to qualify for EDA assistance under its public works, economic adjustment, and most planning programs, and is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an economic development district (EDD). Furthermore, the CEDS is an excellent resource to assess many of the economic development activities in the fifteen-county region.
For a copy of the latest CEDS please click here to download.