Overview – Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the East Central Iowa Region

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the East Central Iowa Region will produce a plan that contains a five-year vision for the future of the region. As the world emerges from the global pandemic, this is an exciting time for the East Central Iowa Region, and it is an ideal time to create the strategies needed to build vibrant, forward-thinking communities and a collaborative and resilient region.

The CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development that is designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resilience of a region.

Guided by the Future iQ, in partnership with ECICOG, the CEDS process will engage the private sector, non-profit sector, local governments, educational institutions, and other economic development entities to build a common vision for the region.

Although the region’s last CEDs was updated in 2018, the timeline has been advanced due to the impacts of COVID-19. This project is being funded through the EDA CARES Act grant and as a result, the new CEDS will include a robust discussion of COVID-19 impacts and opportunities, and how the region can promote recovery and build resilience moving forward.

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For more information about ECICOG’s CEDS Project, please contact:

Karen M. Kurt, Executive Director ECICOG
East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Phone: (319) 365-9941 Ext. 122
Email: karen.kurt@ecicog.org

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