Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
What is the CEDS?
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration,
regulations require the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission to
develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy every five years.
During 2012, OVRDC developed a comprehensive 5- year plan
compliant with EDA's final regulations regarding representation from
private sector, labor, chamber of commerce, workforce development and
For 2013-2016, OVRDC will
prepare an update of that plan.
The CEDS is a plan that emerges from a broad-based continuous planning
process addressing the economic opportunities and threats of the region.
The process is designed to guide the economic growth of the area
through an inclusive and dynamic process that coordinates the efforts of
the community organizations, local governments, and private sector
concerned with economic development.
The outcome of the CEDS is for it to be used as a tool for understanding
the regional economy and for taking action to improve it.
The CEDS incorporates other planning efforts in the OVRDC region
2012 CEDS Committee
The CEDS Committee consists of the main economic interests of the OVRDC
region and include private sector representatives from all 12 counties
as a majority of its membership.
Additional members include the OVRDC Vice-Chairman (who serves as
the CEDS Chairman), 1 minority member, 5 public officials, and 4
members-at-large. The OVRDC
Chairman annually at the March Commission meeting appoints these
members. The private sector
members are selected by the county caucus.
For a full explanation of the CEDS Committee see the
OVRDC 2012 CEDS
OVRDC CEDS 2011 Performance Report
OVRDC CEDS 2010 Performance Report
OVRDC 2009 CEDS
Research/Planning Specialist II