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Collaborative Economic Development Regions

Collaborative Economic Development Regions (CEDRs) are networks built to develop a better coordinated approach to sharing ideas on economic development priorities, building better collaboration on high-impact initiatives, and supporting advocacy for needed services across the state. CEDRs are designed to be large enough to encompass a “critical mass” of essential economic development services for a region but small enough to help retain a community identity and reflect local issues and concerns. They are formed by members of local organizations who volunteer to facilitate these regionally focused groups to do the following:  
  • Collaborate with BEA to create or align existing strategies focused on regional economic development.
  • Identify meaningful economic development initiatives and potential solutions and foster regional and state support.
  • Ensure information exchange on available services delivered to businesses and potential investors.
  • Convene economic development stakeholders though meetings and events to facilitate collaboration.

Each CEDR received an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) grant to help launch, develop action plans, or produce tools and strategies key to their regions. A summary report on each CEDR's work.

EconForum at Plymouth State University on November 1, 2023.

Map of each CEDR’s region to see which CEDR represents your community.

Questions related to CEDRs can be directed as follows: