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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.



Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

Directions to RRPDC


Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



 

Richmond Regional
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Download a PDF of the
Richmond Regional CEDS:

2014 CEDS (high-res 85 MB)

2014 CEDS (low-res 9 MB)

2015 CEDS Update

2016 CEDS Update

The Richmond Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the culmination of a three-year collaborative planning process to create an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy with a special focus on distressed areas of the region.

The CEDS provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of local governments, state agencies, economic development organizations, and private businesses to create jobs while stabilizing and diversifying the regionís economy.

The Richmond Regional CEDS focuses on three primary areas of economic growth and sustainability impact:

  • People

  • Place

  • Prosperity

How was the CEDS developed?

In 2011, the RRPDC called together a group of economic development leaders from the public and private sectors to formulate the Richmond Regional CEDS through a collaborative process of discussion and information sharing. The efforts were partially funded through a $75,000 grant from the US EDA. In order for projects to qualify for US EDA assistance, they must be consistent with the goals and objectives set out in a regional CEDS approved by the federal agency.

On December 12, 2013, the RRPDC Board adopted the Richmond Regional CEDS as submitted to the US EDA, who conditionally approved the document on May 22, 2014. Following the approval, the RRPDC detailed specific strategies for implementation and updated the document for public release on July 8, 2014.

Who developed the CEDS?

EDA regulations specified that the RRPDC establish a Strategy Committee to guide the CEDS development process.

The CEDS Strategy Committee represented an excellent opportunity to gather the economic development experts of the region around one table and in smaller work groups to analyze the regional economy, determine regional goals and objectives, and develop a regional plan of action for implementation while identifying investment priorities and funding sources.

The CEDS Strategy Committee set up four Work Groups to conduct research and identify priority areas for strategic action over the near term (5 years) and longer term (20 years).

What is the purpose of a CEDS?

The purpose of the CEDS is to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation and implementation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy with a special focus on distressed areas of the Region.

A CEDS is intended to integrate a regionís human and physical capital planning in the service of economic development. Examples of other CEDS in Virginia include those for the Crater Region, Hampton Roads, New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and the City of Richmond.

What is the CEDS process accomplishing?

The CEDS process is building upon various local and regional efforts that have been completed over the past few years, such as the RAMPO Socioeconomic Data Analysis Report, the Capital Region Collaborative's conversations with the community to develop regional priorities, and the Greater Richmond Partnership Target Industry Analysis.

The CEDS Committee met on a quarterly basis from January 2012 to July 2013 to identify how improvements can most positively impact these three major areas, providing a comprehensive view of the economic ecosystems of Richmond Region and a strategic plan for implementation, including funding opportunities. 

 

Contact the CEDS Strategy Committee

The CEDS Strategy Committee can be contacted at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission:

E-mail: E-mail: PublicComment@richmondregional.org
Phone: (804) 323-2033
Fax: (804) 323-2025
CEDS Strategy Committee
c/o Richmond Regional Planning District Commissionnal Planning District Commission
9211 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

 



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