The CEDS is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Middle Georgia Economic Development District. The plan is updated every five years to meet the requirements of the U.S. Economic Development Administration for regional funding to support economic development projects, including public infrastructure improvements and economic adjustment planning. MGRC is designated as the staffing agency for the Middle Georgia Economic Development District. The Economic Development Administration is also responsible for making this designation.
The CEDS is an overall blueprint for economic development within the region. A successful plan uses data and trends to highlight strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities. Topics include not only new industry recruitment and retention, but also tourism, downtown development, and a variety of innovative economic opportunities to support job growth and investment in the Middle Georgia Region.
Development of the plan is the responsibility of the CEDS Strategy Committee, which is designated as the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Council. Effective engagement of local economic development professionals in the counties and cities of the region also provides substantial information to MGRC staff in producing the final document. The CEDS should be closely coordinated with other state, local, and regional plans. Our regional planning and comprehensive planning webpages provide more information on these efforts.
The 2017-2022 CEDS for the Middle Georgia Economic Development District was approved at the September 14, 2017 MGRC Council meeting.
If you have questions about the plan, or would like to verify that a proposed project is consistent with the CEDS, contact Greg Boike by email or telephone: (478) 751-6160.