In partnership with the Barnstable County Economic Development Council and many other organizations, the Cape Cod Commission prepares the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Cape Cod, a five-year strategic plan. The CEDS is built on the economic development goals of the Regional Policy Plan and identifies regional priority projects that will move the region's economy towards a sustainable future.
The Commission leads the CEDS planning process. The Economic Development Council is its strategy committee. Municipalities, local and regional chambers of commerce, school districts, and private businesses participate. Numerous regional organizations involved in economic development are central to the process (see sidebar list to right).
Infrastructure - The infrastructure group will assess regional infrastructure and consider issues of availability, access, capacity, reliability, efficiency of operation and maintenance, and cost.
First Meeting: Tuesday, February 26, 1:00-2:30
Second Meeting: Friday, March 15, 1:00-2:30
Sector and Workforce Development - The sector and workforce development group will assess key and emerging industry sectors and consider platforms for collaboration, availability and access, quality, and cost.
First Meeting: Tuesday, February 26, 3:00-4:30
Second Meeting: Monday, March 11, 2:00-4:30
Business Development/Climate - The business development and climate group will assess resources for business growth and consider availability of support services, labor, and space; regulations and the permitting process; and costs of doing business.
First Meeting: Thursday, February 28, 1:00- 2:30
Second Meeting: Thursday, March 14, 1:00-2:30
The final version of the CEDS document was approved by the Cape Cod Economic Development Council and the Cape Cod Commission by June 30, 2014, and was submitted to the US Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration for review and certification. Certification gives the region and towns eligibility status for potential federal funding for certain public works, planning, and technical assistance projects related to economic development.
2014 CEDS materials included:
The Commission submitted the last five-year CEDS report in 2009. Annual reports describe accomplishments and milestones since then.
Association to Preserve Cape Cod - Business Roundtable