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St. Mary's County, Comprehensive Economic Development

Researcher(s): (Robin Parker Cox)


The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) invests in the creation of durable regional economies. To obtain EDA support, local jurisdictions are required to formulate and put into action a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS lays out the goals and objectives that need to be achieved to diversify and strengthen the local economy. A thorough understanding of the economic development challenges and opportunities along with strengths, weaknesses, current conditions, and available resources in a jurisdiction, is a necessary first step in the CEDS design process. IGSR, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, assisted St. Mary's County, Maryland with its CEDS process by facilitating community participation, development of CEDS goals and objectives, and associated action plans.