Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council has released its 2019-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The document will be used by Lewis & Clark RDC over the next three years to guide its work in increasing jobs, expanding the tax base, improving infrastructure, and raising the standard of living in the RDC’s ten-county region.
The strategy was developed through a planning process that involved gathering input via meetings with the county commissions; surveying each county and city; evaluating conditions and trends; identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and establishing goals, objectives and strategies to meet the needs.
A constant theme throughout all county commission meetings and the annual CEDS meeting back in December was the importance of continuing efforts to diversify the economy, create and retain jobs, improve infrastructure, and address affordable housing.
“While these issues have not changed from past years, county and city leaders made clear these are areas still in need of the most attention,” observed LCD Group Executive Director Brent Ekstrom. “In some counties there is greater urgency and need for resources to tackle these issues. This strategy is designed to serve as a roadmap to guide our staff’s work. It may also serve as an information resource for local officials, businesses, and the public.”
The CEDS document provides a comprehensive overview of Lewis & Clark RDC’s approach to these issues as well as essential demographic, social, economic, and other data on the region. The document is publicly available and may be downloaded here.