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 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. In 2022, BRPC staff and members of the CEDS Committee will develop the next Berkshire County CEDS, to be effective from 2023 through 2027.
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 for Berkshire County, BRPC received the official designation in early 2022.
The CEDS Committee meets at least four times per year and its meetings are open to the public.