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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

A CEDS, or Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, is a guide to understanding the regional economy and is a useful guide to local decision making. It is a comprehensive planning document that guides the economic development activities of our region and is a requirement for receiving Federal funding through the Economic Development Administration (EDA). It should be concise, accessible and contain four main elements: analysis, vision, action plan, and evaluation. The CEDS should be viewed as an opportunity to coordinate federal, state, and local funding for economic development and to engage the public and local businesses and organizations in the economic future of our region. The CEDS is a critical component for elected officials, county and regional government agencies in applying for and obtaining funding for economic development initiatives in the region.

The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCC) is the EDA recognized organization for economic development for Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. As such it is TCC’s responsibility to facilitate the development of the CEDS for the region. To that end, TCC consults with constituents, maintains the CEDS publication, hosts a regional CEDS committee made up of regional constituents and liaises with EDA on regional planning.

In 2010 TCC was successful in completing the application process to have Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties designated as an Economic Development District by EDA.

The 2020 CEDS ushers in specific changes in format and access not available to previous versions.  It is designed in the form of a color brochure with local photographs in a marketing format with baseline statistics and short industry specific summaries, followed by goals, strategies and action plans.  A supportive web-based interactive dashboard will be available in October that will serve as the depository of additional data in graph and chart form.  This two-tier approach creates a document that serves as a regional branding tool while at the same time building upon other digitally available data resources such as the newly created Delmarva Index now available at


 Listed on Page 6 of the CEDS 2020 Brochure

Public Documents
FilenameUpload DateModified DateFile Size
CEDS 2020 Brochure.pdf9/10/2019 11:59:21 AM9/10/2019 11:59:21 AM17,230 k
CEDS2018.pdf8/15/2018 8:40:16 AM8/15/2018 8:40:16 AM10,044 k

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