West Central VT CEDS Workshop
Thursday, June 17, 6-8pm
Chittenden County RPC (CCRPC) and Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) cordially invite you to join us to help shape future economic development efforts in Chittenden County and Vermont!
On Thursday, June 17 from 6-8pm, CCRPC and GBIC will host a workshop for local business leaders, regional stakeholders, municipal representatives and residents. The intent of the workshop is two-fold:
1. CCRPC and GBIC seek to inform local leaders of our collaboration with partner regional planning commissions and regional development corporations in Addison, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, and Washington Counties to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for West Central Vermont.
2. CCRPC and GBIC seek to gather information from the regional stakeholders, local business leaders, municipalities and residents about regional economic strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and, most importantly, desired results (SOAR). This information will be used to help guide the development of a CEDS over the next year.
RSVP & How to Join
The workshop on June 17 will be held from 6-8pm via Zoom. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to help us ensure that we have the proper number of facilitators available for the workshop.
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Join the workshop online: https://tinyurl.com/54zhw3m8
Or call in: 1-646-876-9923 | Meeting ID: 870 5738 2951 | Passcode: 477442
What is a CEDS?
A CEDS is strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. CCRPC, GBIC, and our partners seek to develop a CEDS that meets the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) requirements.
Why develop a CEDS?
Adopting a CEDS can help our region set a strategic course for economic development efforts. An adopted CEDS can also open opportunities for additional Federal funding to support local economic development efforts (including funding from EDA). The existing Chittenden County CEDS would be updated as a part of this project.
Three regional CEDS have been adopted in Vermont to date (Northern Vermont Economic Development District, East Central Vermont Economic Development District, and Southern Vermont Economy Zone). Each these CEDS has allowed its regions to become an Economic Development District (EDD), and access EDA funds to support projects and programs that further local economic development goals.
Is this my only opportunity to provide guidance and feedback?
No! A similar workshop focused on specific economic sectors (e.g. manufacturing, tourism, working lands, etc.) will be held in the region in late summer/early fall 2021. Additional engagement opportunities will also be available once a draft CEDS is released for public comment in the winter/spring of 2022.
For more information, please visit westcentralvt.org.