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

Now Available for Public Review: DRAFT Investing in People and Places: Greater Philadelphia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is seeking your input and will hold a public comment period for the document listed above that will open on August 20, 2014 and close at 5:00 p.m., September 19, 2014.

Please join us for a public meeting and information session between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
DVRPC Conference Room
190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

The public will be able to participate in this meeting remotely via web conferencing. Please register by Monday, September 8, 2014 by contacting 215-238-2871 or public_affairs@dvrpc.org if you are interested in using this option.

Investing in People and Places was developed to satisfy the federal requirement for a comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia region, and will serve as the required five-year revision of the regional CEDS originally adopted by the U.S. EDA in 2009. A CEDS is intended to bring together the public and private sectors to create a roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The CEDS provides background information on regional demographic and economic characteristics; identifies regional strengths, challenges, and opportunities; and identifies regional economic development goals and objectives. The document also includes a list of key regional economic development projects, which is periodically amended as necessary.

The CEDS document will be available online at www.dvrpc.org, in the DVRPC Resource Center, and in a number of regional libraries [0.1 MB pdf]. The document will also be available at the public meeting, and can be translated into an alternative format or language, if requested. Please contact 215-238-2841 if you wish to have the document mailed to you.

Written comments and questions may be addressed to:

Regional CEDS Comments
c/o DVRPC Public Affairs Office
190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Comments may be e-mailed to mbell@dvrpc.org, faxed to 215-592-9125, or submitted electronically below.

Questions and comments must be submitted in writing. If you need assistance in providing a written comment, please contact the DVRPC Public Affairs Office at 215-238-2871 or public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on September 19, 2014.

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.