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Investing in People and Places: Greater Philadelphia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

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Investing in People and Places: Greater Philadelphia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy was created to satisfy the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) requirement for a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for Greater Philadelphia. The report is the culmination of a major review and revision of the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework (the 2009 regional CEDS), as mandated every five years by EDA. This document was authored by DVRPC, which serves as the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the nine-county, bi-state Greater Philadelphia region (including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey).

Investing in People and Places was developed under the guidance of a regional CEDS Committee, which includes representatives of state, county, and city planning and economic development agencies; regional economic development organizations; chambers of commerce; academia; and the private sector. The report includes background demographic, economic, and land use data; identifies regional strengths, challenges, and opportunities; sets regional economic development goals and objectives; discusses community and private sector participation in the development and implementation of the CEDS; describes a plan of action for implementing the strategy; and identifies performance measures that will be tracked in future years to measure progress made toward achieving the regional goals.

The document also includes a list of key projects and activities designed to advance the CEDS goals and objectives. In order to be eligible to apply for and receive most EDA funding, projects must be included on this list, which is periodically amended as necessary (view the CEDS project list amendment process here [0.1 MB pdf]). Investing in People and Places was adopted by the DVRPC Board on September 24, 2014 (see Board Resolution #B-FY15-005 [0.1 MB pdf]) and submitted to the EDA as Greater Philadelphia's CEDS on September 30, 2014.

In March and April 2014, as a part of the CEDS planning process, DVRPC, with our partners Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and Select Greater Philadelphia held "Investing in People and Places" forums to discuss Greater Philadelphia's priorities for economic development, public investment, job creation, and talent retention and attraction. Materials from those events are below.

Investing in People and Places

Overview Presentation: What is the CEDS and Why it Matters [1.5 MB pdf]

Philadelphia
Friday, March 14, 2014

Agenda [0.3 MB pdf]
Speaker Bios [0.1 MB pdf]
Highlights [0.1 MB pdf]

Southeastern Pennsylvania
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Agenda [0.3 MB pdf]
Speaker Bios [0.1 MB pdf]
Highlights [0.1 MB pdf]

Southern New Jersey
Friday, April 11, 2014

Agenda [0.3 MB pdf]
Speaker Bios [0.2 MB pdf]
Highlights [0.1 MB pdf]