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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. 



The River Valley Regional Commission is currently updating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that covers 16 counties in West-Central Georgia. A comprehensive survey was used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the region. Existing local economic development plans (Columbus 2025, One Sumter, Grow Randolph, etc.) were also used as a part of the process to generate a new River Valley CEDS. The document is being created using ESRI Story Map to keep the document simple and accessible to the general public and elected officials. 


The following documents were used to inform the CEDS rewrite and were all reviewed by the CEDS Committee.


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)


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