Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

In March 2022, DVRPC secured Economic Development District (EDD) designation from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  While EDA is the main economic development agency of the federal government and works with EDDs throughout the country to promote regional cooperation and job growth, DVRPC is the designated liaison between EDA and our member counties and constituent communities. The primary purpose of the EDD is to implement the economic development activities and priorities set forth in the region’s CEDS.

Adopted in 2019, Growing Greater Philadelphia, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the region's strategy-driven framework to increase economic productivity, diversify local wealth, improve the culture for underrepresented businesses, and increase individual prosperity for the region's residents. This CEDS covers a nine-county region—Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. The CEDS was developed through guidance and support of the Economic Development Committee made up of public-and private-sector representatives.

Measuring Community Distress

U.S EDA regulations classify jurisdictions as “distressed” if the most recently available per capita personal income is 80 percent or less than the national average; the average unemployment rate over the most recent 24-month period for which data is available is at least one percentage point greater than the national average; or the area has a “special need,” as determined by U.S. EDA.

National Economic Resilience Data Explorer (NERDE)

The U.S. EDA and Argonne Lab developed the National Economic Resilience Data Explorer (NERDE) to help economic development practitioners conduct local economic recovery analysis. The NERDE provides data on economic distress criteria, COVID-19 impacts to local economies, and industry clusters. The data is searchable at the county or Economic Development District (EDD) level.

Stats America

StatsAmerica provides economic data, distress indicators, and development metrics to assist with grant writing and strategic planning.

Karen CilursoAssociate Director, Livable Communities
Air Quality Partnership

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