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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Adopted

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region was adopted at the November 19, 2012 meeting of the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission. It details plans and performance measures for regional economic development for the next three years.  The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides the funding for the planning and also provides funds to accomplish some of the projects identified in the Strategy.


The strategies came from nine focus groups in the topic areas of: agriculture, aquaculture, government and contractors, tourism/hospitality/retail, manufacturers, healthcare providers, educators, service providers, and real estate. An Open House was also held to invite members of the public to learn about the strategy and provide comments. The document is attached below.

The EDA in a conference call indicated they have very little funding available. Our region receives a small portion of planning funds in January that supports staffing for a year. After January, EDA does not have planning funds for other recipients at this time. Only $2 million in project funds remain with several requests already received. In the past, the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission has written grants and received approximately half of the funds needed for the Workforce Development Center at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community College as well as the fiber backbone for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority.

2012 CEDS

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