Draft CEDS Plan open for public review and comment through December 29th

Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC) is in the process of finalizing its 2024-2028 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Why does this matter?: CEDS plans are required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide a strategic roadmap to diversify and strengthen a regional economy.

  • Lewis & Clark RDC, part of the Lewis & Clark Development Group, is the federally designated Economic Development District (EDD) for the ten-county region consisting of Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Mercer, McLean, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. The CEDS planning process analyzes the regional economy and serves as a guide for establishing goals and objectives to meet regional needs. The plan of action that results from these goals and objectives helps identify new investment and funding sources for economic and community development.

Based on input: Each CEDS plan is created in large part to input collected through surveys and interviews.

  • In July, 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.  
  • Last month, a second more targeted online survey was sent to all county and city auditors within LCD Group’s ten county region.

Public comment phase now open: Lewis & Clark RDC’s new CEDS plan is now in draft form and may be reviewed by clicking on the following link on LCD Group’s website.

  • As required by federal statute, public comment on the draft plan is being solicited at this time.
  • All comments may be sent to LCD Group Multi-Family Development Director Lyle Hogue at lyle@lcdgroup.org.
  • The comment period is open through 12:00 Noon (CST) on Friday, December 29, 2023.
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