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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2022


UCP CEDS 2022 Vision: 
“Think Regionally, Act Locally, Compete Globally” 


The region’s stakeholders have created a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for our five-county area.  The CEDS primary purpose is to provide a comprehensive, performance-based strategy to strengthen the region. The process includes an analysis of the region’s economy, established plans, area challenges & opportunities, with strategies and tactics for moving the region forward.

The CEDS 2022 is a result of an ongoing economic development planning process developed with diverse public and private sector participation, incorporating guiding principles and standards of various federal, state and local agencies through a partnership with the State Economic Development Strategy, “NC Tomorrow”. 

Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Actions

As part of the foundation for the statewide NC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the NC Tomorrow Uniform Process guided state’s regions to center on four strategic goals:

  1. Build on each region’s competitive advantage and leverage the marketplace. 
  2. Establish & maintain a robust regional infrastructure.
  3. Create revitalized, healthy and resilient communities.
  4. Develop talented and innovative people.

These four strategic goals were used to develop relevant and impactful Regional Strategies and Tactics.

The CEDS 2022 can be viewed here.

CEDS Resolution

For more information on the North Carolina Regional and Statewide Strategies for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development, please visit the Association of Regional Councils of Government's website at www.ncregions.org, where you will find the NC Tomorrow Plan.