The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning process is an on-going regional economic development effort focused on identifying regional economic goals and objectives, identifying strategies for implementation, facilitating the implementation of those strategies and measuring progress in the region. The result of this ongoing planning process is the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region and annual progress reports. The CEDS report and annual progress reports are sent to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in order to maintain the region’s eligibility for EDA investments.
Initiatives In Community and Economic Development
The Berkshire Brownfields Program was created in 2004 when the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) received its first grant from EPA to conduct environmental assessments at Brownfields sites. Since then, the Berkshire Brownfields Program has grown to include an Assessment Program for Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments, a Revolving Loan Fund for Brownfields Cleanups, and site specific Cleanup Projects.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) assists Berkshire County municipalities in applying for and administering Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which are awarded on a competitive basis by MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). CDBG grants are funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through an annual allocation to the Commonwealth, for award by DHCD to municipalities all across the Commonwealth. In many cases, municipalities may have documented need for projects funded by the CDBG program, but not have the administrative capacity to apply and manage the grants.