Berkshire Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning process is an ongoing regional economic development effort focused on identifying regional economic goals and priorities, identifying strategies for and facilitating implementation, and measuring progress in the region. The result of this ongoing planning process is the development of a 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region and accompanying annual progress reports, which are sent to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), in order to maintain the region’s eligibility for EDA investments.

Berkshire County’s first CEDS was developed in 2011 by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission with assistance from a CEDS Committee. This document helped to guide development in the region for the next five years. The required annual reports were submitted to the EDA for 2012 through 2016. The next 5-year Berkshire County CEDS was approved effective December 30, 2017, and annual reports have been submitted from 2018 through 2021.

BRPC staff and members of the CEDS Committee are currently developing the next Berkshire County CEDS, to be effective from 2023 through 2027. A draft was made available for public comment from October 13th through mid-November, 2022. The BRPC Commission endorsed a revised draft on November 17th, 2022. BRPC staff will be making final edits prior to the end of 2022, when the proposed 2023-2027 CEDS will be submitted to EDA.