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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The River Valley Regional Commission was designated by the Economic Development Administration in 1968 as the Economic Development District for the region. As part of that designation, the agency is required to prepare a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) every five years with annual updates. 


The CEDS provides information on demographics such as unemployment, population, per capita income, and economic impact of tourism. The region is assessed using this information on a county by county basis. Based on this assessment, regional goals and objectives are identified to improve these demographics. 


Each county develops a project list for the next five years identifying responsible parties, agencies to be involved, job creation/retention, private investment, and priority. Projects to be funded by the Economic Development Administration should be included in the CEDS.

*CEDS Survey*

The River Valley Regional Commission is conducting a survey to help inform an economic development document that is being rewritten this year that covers 16 counties in west-central Georgia. The results of this survey will be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the region and will be part of the process to generate a new River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The new CEDS will take into account the results of this survey as well as the other regional planning documents, and local economic development planning documents that have been recently created (Columbus 2025, One Sumter, Grow Randolph, etc.). The survey is welcome to anyone living inside the 16 counties and we would appreciate your feedback.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018CEDS


CEDS Documents

2013-2018 Community Economic Development Strategy

2017 CEDS Update (approved at the October 26, 2016 RVRC Council Meeting) 

2016 CEDS Update (approved at the September 23, 2015, RVRC Council Meeting)

2015 CEDS Update (approved at the September 24, 2014, RVRC Council meeting)

2014 CEDS Update (approved at the September 25, 2013, RVRC Council meeting)


For comments and questions, contact Jim Livingston at 877-819-6348 or
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