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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy


The Economic Development Organization (EDO) and CMRPC staff update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to reflect the latest target redevelopment sites, innovative financing and permitting techniques, and the newest thinking in our region.

The Southern Worcester County Comprehensive Economic Development District implements its mission through the following four key economic strategies found in the CEDS.

  • Workforce/Education: Our region will work towards providing more equitable and impactful access to life-long educational opportunities.
  • Buisness Support: We will have a vibrant, diverse and resilient buisness ecosystem by collectively fostering a robust support system.
  • Quality of Life: We will continue to identify and invest in ways to improve the overall quality of life.
  • Marketing Central Massachusetts: We will continue to focus on promoting our unique and diverse economy.
  • Municipal Capacity/Regional Collaboration: We will collaborate with community partners to increase civic engagement and awareness in support of a strong economy. 
  • Responsible Development: We will capitalize on existing resources to implement thoughtful development. 

The District revises the CEDS every five years, and submits an annual CEDS performance report, as required by EDA. The CMRPC furthers regional economic development activities through coordination of longer term planning activities, collaboration and partnerships, and the implementation of the region’s CEDS. The CEDS analyzes the region’s economic conditions, including regional economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges.

Economic Development Organization Board of Directors

The Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization Board of Directors are the guiding force, and leaders behind the success and implementation of the CEDS.

Resource Library

View previous CEDS reports and other economic development documents in CMRPC’s Resource Library.

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at jpierce@cmrpc.org

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