During 2017, the Accomack-Northampton Economic Development Committee undertook a process to merge two regional economic development plans for the Eastern Shore of Virginia: the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (in place since 2002) and the Stronger Economies Together Economic Development Plan (in place since 2016) into one comprehensive document. The resulting merged plan, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Regional Economic Development Plan, presents a unified, comprehensive strategy for regional economic development and opens up opportunities for funding from economic development-focused agencies such as the US Economic Development Administration, US Department of Agriculture, and others. The plan is updated semi-annually with new data and updates to four industry sector-focused action plans.
The A-NPDC has contracted with Thomas P. Miller & Associates to assist the region in updating the Accomack-Northampton Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), also known as the Eastern Shore Regional Economic Development Plan. The update will include economic recovery and resiliency initiatives and elements as well. We look forward to working with partners on this important process through the fall of 2021!
Eastern Shore of Virginia Regional Economic Development Plan (2017-2022) –
Adopted December 2017,
Updated June & October 2018; June 2019; June 2020, November 2021
Four standing industry cluster-focused subcommittees of the A-N Economic Development Committee have been established and meet regularly to strategize and implement the plans. These meetings are open to everyone. Anyone interested in adding a regional goal or objective to an Action Plan is encouraged to do so by first attending a subcommittee meeting of your choice and developing a proposal using the following guidelines. The A-N Economic Development Committee reviews and considers all proposed regional goals and objectives for approval and inclusion in the Regional Economic Development Plan.
Below are the current action plans by industry cluster. You may add comments to individual cells and/or in the final column of each Goal’s tab within the Sheet for consideration during subcommittee and full Committee meetings.