County and city auditors invited to take CEDS survey, help develop five-year growth plan

Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC) is developing a new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Mercer, McLean, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties.

Lewis & Clark RDC, which is part of Lewis & Clark Development Group, is the federally designated Economic Development District (EDD) for the ten-county south central North Dakota region. 

CEDS plans are required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and intended to guide EDD organizations, like Lewis & Clark RDC, in their economic and community development work over the course of five years. Each CEDS plan is created in response to input collected through surveys and interviews.

Earlier this summer, Lewis & Clark RDC conducted an online survey for economic developers, city and county government officials, businesspersons, lenders, and informed residents throughout its ten-county region.  

Now, the organization is surveying county and city auditors. Surveys are being sent to these officials in the coming days.

“County auditors will be emailed the survey while city auditors will receive surveys in the mail,” says Lyle Hogue, LCD Group’s multi-family development director. “These officials have important insights into their counties and communities. Their input is critical to making sure we have the information necessary to set informed goals and strategies.”

Hogue cites feedback gathered during the previous planning process in allowing LCD Group to develop approaches on affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, and economic diversification.

All county auditors and city auditors are encouraged to take the survey and welcomed to contact Hogue with any questions or additional comments. Hogue may be reached at lyle@lcdgroup.org or at (701) 667-7623.

Learn More:  The current CEDS document is publicly available and may be downloaded here.

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