Enhancing State-Regional Partnerships: A Closer Look at Economic Development Districts & the CEDS

4:00 pm EDT

Across the country, there are nearly 400 federally-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) that promote economic development planning and project implementation urban, suburban, and rural regions. They provide important administrative, capacity building, and technical support to local communities and serve as an important convener for region-wide initiatives.

EDDs also write and maintain their region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document. Developing a CEDS and having it approved by the Economic Development Administration opens the door to funding and deeper collaboration with federal and state partners like EDA.

Join a webinar with the State International Development Organization (SIDO), the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network, and the NADO Research Foundation on July 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. ET to learn more about Economic Development Districts, the CEDS, and the value of forging strong partnership between states and EDDs. You’ll hear from federal, state, and regional leaders about how collaboration at all levels can support economic resilience, wider prosperity and long-term economic growth for your state.

This webinar is presented through the “Enhancing State and Local EDD Engagement to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency” project led by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).


  • Rachel Adams, Program Manager, State International Development Organization (SIDO)
  • Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, NADO Research Foundation
  • Mereb Hagos, Program Manager, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC)
  • David Ives, Deputy Director, Performance, Research, and National Technical Assistance Division, U.S. Economic Development Administratio
  • Joe Barker, Executive Director, Southwest Tennessee Development District
  • Brooxie Carlton, Assistant Commissioner, Rural Development, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The recording of the webinar can be found here.