Eastern Carolina Council leads locally-based, regionally-driven strategies and planning to leverage economic development underway in our member governments and partner organizations and oversees the implementation of the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a strategic blueprint that defines the regional economic vision and coordinates efforts to achieve the vision. ECC coordinates local economic development efforts and provides a direct connection for member governments to the US Economic Development Administration regarding grant applications, administration, and technical assistance.
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a plan that emerges from a broad-based continuous planning process addressing the economic opportunities and constraints of a region. The guidelines for developing a CEDS include effective general planning practices that can be used by any community to design and implement a plan to guide its economic growth.
The CEDS for ECC's region is required by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) in order for ECC to receive yearly planning funds and in order to be eligible to apply for EDA funding. The CEDS committee is made up of members of ECC's General Membership Board and includes public and private-sector representation.