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

Co-authored by DVRPC, Select Greater Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework provides an overview of economic development in Greater Philadelphia. The report includes a regional demographic and economic profile; a review of economic development organizations, programs and resources; summaries of key economic development-related studies and reports that have been developed over the last few years and provide insight into challenges and opportunities for regional economic growth; a set of regional economic development goals and objectives; and a list of key projects identified by the region's economic development and planning professionals as likely to contribute towards meeting these goals and objectives.

The Framework was accepted by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as Greater Philadelphia's regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in September 2009 and is reviewed and updated annually. The CEDS includes a list of key regional economic development projects, which is periodically amended as necessary (view the CEDS project list amendment process here [0.1 MB pdf]).

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    Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework

    The Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework (Framework) was created to satisfy provisions for a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia Region, encompassing portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This document was developed according to provisions outlined in 13 CFR ยง 303.7(c), Consideration of non-EDA funded CEDS, and was formally approved by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the CEDS for the Greater Philadelphia region on September 30, 2009. The report was co-authored by DVRPC, Select Greater Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

    The Framework provides an overview of economic development in Greater Philadelphia and includes a regional profile (comprised of an historical overview, economic and demographic characteristics, the identification of 'distressed' communities as per EDA's definition, and projected trends); a review of regional economic development organizations, programs, and resources; and summaries of key economic development-related studies and reports that have been developed over the last few years and provide insight into challenges and opportunities for regional economic growth. Based on the conclusions and recommendations of these key documents, the Framework identifies a set of regional economic development goals and objectives and discusses performance measures that can be used to evaluate progress made towards attaining the regional goals. Finally, the Framework includes a list of key economic development projects identified by the region's economic development and planning professionals as likely to contribute towards meeting the identified goals and objectives.

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    Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework 2013 Annual Review and Update

    This report is the annual review and update of the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework, which was created in 2009 to satisfy provisions for a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia region. Co-authored by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Select Greater Philadelphia, and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the document was developed according to provisions outlined in 13 CFR - 303.7, Consideration of non-EDA funded CEDS, and was formally approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the CEDS for the Greater Philadelphia region on September 30, 2009. The current document is intended to satisfy EDA requirements for an annual review and update of the regional CEDS and was developed under the guidance of a CEDS Review Committee which includes representatives of the county planning and economic development agencies, regional economic development organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector.

DVRPC is currently in the process of preparing a comprehensive update of the regional CEDS, as required by EDA every five years. In March and April 2014, DVRPC, with our partners Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, 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 & 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]

The 2014 CEDS will be released in the Fall of 2014.