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 the 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 Updates were submitted to the EDA for 2012 through 2016. A new 5-year Berkshire County CEDS was submitted to the EDA in 2017, and approved effective December 30, 2017.
Since the initial submission in 2011, BRPC and the CEDS Committee have worked to implement CEDS recommendations and priorities, and continue to work closely with other regional economic development partners to do so. After carefully exploring the feasibility and desirability of pursuing Economic Development District status, BRPC applied for EDD designation in 2019.
The CEDS Committee meets at least four times per year and its meetings are open to the public.