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Erica Anderson
Director of Economic and Community Development

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Land of Sky Region Economic Resilience Exposure Analysis

The 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is now available.

What is a CEDS?
The Economic Development Administration, a bureau of the US Department of Commerce, promotes competitiveness in regions by promoting programs which enhance the economic vitality of towns & cities. They support initiatives such as the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to encourage intergovernmental and public/private sector collaboration.

For more information about EDA CEDS Guidelines visit: www.eda.gov/ceds

   Brightfield’s Solar Charging Station at LOSRC                    Burton Street Agricultural Fair

                BurntShirt Forestry Project                        Solar Hot Water at Annie’s Naturally Bakery

             Broad River Terrace Apartments

How will we use our CEDS?
Through the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of our region, we can identify opportunities to advance economic vitality and encourage the development of new strategies through public and private partnerships. The Land of Sky Region has a wealth of assets in our people, heritage, and environment. The CEDS identifies emerging trends and opportunities that strengthen regional assets for strong, resilient communities.

GroWNC Word Cloud
Source: GroWNC FInal Report

When Does This Happen?
The 2015 CEDS was submitted to EDA on September 30, 2015. The 2015 Land of Sky CEDS builds on the 2012 NC Tomorrow Statewide Strategy to ensure connections among local, regional, and statewide efforts. The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils led a collaborative partnership with assistance from the US Economic Development Administration, North Carolina Department of Commerce -Division of Community Development and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development to create the NC Statewide Strategy for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development: www.nctomorrow.org

The 2015 Land of Sky CEDS incorporates WealthWorks principles. WealthWorks brings together and connects a community’s assets to meet market demand in ways that build livelihoods that last. The WealthWorks principles and approach is described here: www.wealthworks.org/basics/wealthworks-your-region-introduction

CEDS Strategy Committee Members

Name Affiliation
Mark Burrows* Transylvania County
Terry Collins GE - Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Representative
John Connet City of Hendersonville
Mark Emory Mission Hospital
Patrick Fitzsimmons Mountain BizWorks
Forrest Gilliam Madison County
Larry Harris* Black Mountain Alderman, Burlingham & Harris, CPA
Jane Hatley Self-Help Credit Union
Mike Hawkins* Transylvania County Commissioner
Gary Henlsey Blue Ridge Community College
Tim Lampkin Asheville/Buncombe Chamber of Commerce
Jaime Laughter Transylvania County
Bill Medlin Legacy Paddle Sports
Brenda Mills* City of Asheville
John Mitchell* Henderson County
Phil Monk Mountain Area Workforce Development Board
George Morosani* George Morosani & Associates
Hillary Sherman Economic Development Administration
Jill Sparks AB Tech Small Business Center
Jonathan Szucs Advanced SuperAbrasives
LeeAnne Tucker Area Agency on Aging
Stephanie Twitty Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation

Partner Agencies:
The following is a list of several of the organizations with whom we partner:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • NC Department of Commerce
  • Economic Development Administration
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Member Governments
  • County Economic Developers
  • CarolinaWest
  • The Community Foundation of WNC
  • Conservation & Non-profit Partners

CEDS Reports, Presentations & Past Documents: